An interesting article and study from an exercise kinesiology researcher at UNC. Turns out that free radicals aren’t all doom and gloom. They are actually a part of a complex signaling network that tells your body how to properly adapt to a bout of exercise. Those who choose to take antioxidant supplements to “fight free radicals” may actually putting themselves more at a deficit than an advantage.
And the author’s ultimate recommendation? “In conclusion, if you have a well-balanced diet and if you exercise routinely, you probably do not need antioxidant supplementation. If your diet is not well-balanced, consider adding enough fruits and vegetables to obtain your natural antioxidants.”
Fruits and Veggies 1, Supplements 0