Why Athletes Need Antioxidants

When we think of athletes and active people, we certainly don’t think of exercise being dangerous to their health.  It makes sense that active people would be healthier than sedentary ones.  The truth is, exercise and strenuous physical activity can increase our oxygen consumption in order to meet our energy demands.  This causes “oxidative stress” that leads to the generation of free radicals.

Gold Coast Marathon runner

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases such as cancer. Oxidation occurs when free radicals damage cells in the body.  Free radicals can enter our bodies in a variety of ways including tobacco smoke, toxins, pollutants as well as from a poor and inadequate diet. Antioxidants, which are found in fruits and vegetables, can help to neutralise free radicals in our bodies.

 Athletes are at risk from free radicals

When an athlete’s training intensity is increased, the body’s cells are at an increased risk from the damage produced by free radicals.  Studies have shown that both strength and endurance athletes produce more free radicals than untrained individuals.

 The key to success

Of course, sticking to a well structured training programme is the best way for athletes to obtain successful outcomes but it is necessary to combine this training with an adequate diet and antioxidant nutritional supplements to assist with post-event recovery and overall wellbeing.

Antioxidants improve post-event recovery and accelerate muscle repair especially in older athletes.  Regardless of age, if you are competing in this year’s Gold Coast Marathon then it’s time to stock up on some antioxidant nutritional supplements now!

Miessence organic antioxidant superfood

For more information, please watch our short video:



“Antioxidants for athletes”, Dr. John M Berardi, Ph.D. http://www.johnberardi.com

Berry Radical Fact Sheet, Narelle Chenery, Miessence

“Nutrition For Endurance Athletes Should Include Antioxidants” , Dr Keith Scott


“What Antioxidants & ORAC Mean for Endurance Athletes”, Sally Warner, PhD


Category: nutrition, runners
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  • Abigailevelyn August 4, 2012, 9:24 am

    Hi ,This is great , an excellent post .I agree on your concept .I think you are a right .Exercise is a good for health and mind .If you Exercise regularly you will give refresh mind .

    • abt August 8, 2012, 3:55 am

      Thanks for your comments. You’re right, one can achieve almost anything with a fresh mind!

  • shane October 19, 2012, 1:53 am

    So true. As I, ahem, age a little bit more, it seems more and more important everyday. Thanks for the gentle reminder to always be aware of how even something as fantastic as exercise can impact our bodies!

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