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As you run, swim, ride or work out, your body consumes much more oxygen than when you are at rest. It also produces many more free radicals during heightened activity, which contribute to muscle fatigue and to the muscle damage and inflammation that make it hard to workout again the next day.
The natural enemies of free radicals are antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals and thereby limit their effects. Research has shown that antioxidant-rich foods offer benefits to runners and other endurance athletes. Studies have also shown that muscle damage and inflammation are reduced when athletes consume antioxidants, and that muscle strength improves significantly faster.
Antioxidants prevent the oxidative damage that free radicals do to your body’s cells. Although your body naturally produces free radicals and the antioxidants to neutralize them, free radicals normally outnumber the antioxidants. When this happens, free radicals can have negative effects on your body and performance.
The negative effects of free radicals include:
This is why it is important to ensure you are getting enough antioxidants from external sources.
There are many plant sources rich in antioxidants, including the following:
If you think you are not getting enough antioxidants in your daily diet, try working some of the above foods into your meals in addition to INVIGOR8, which contains a green veggie complex that provides anti-inflammatory antioxidants and other benefits.
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