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Wien Med Wochenschr. 1994;144(3):66-8.

[Fitness by cold stimulation of various intensity: effects on metabolism of purines and free radicals].

[Article in German]

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Klinik und Poliklinik für Physikalische Medizin und Rehabilitation, Berlin, Deutschland.


Whole-body cold stimuli lead to a dosage-depended decrease of uric acid level in blood plasma. This could be observed in own studies on winter-swimming and cold shower application and in studies on patients treated by cold-chamber-therapy. This uric acid decrease is due to an accelerated oxygen radical formation during cold exposition rather than to an inhibition of purine metabolism. The acute oxidative loading due to cold exposure and the long-term antioxidative adaptation may be interpreted as a new molecular mechanism resulting in body hardening.

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