Pomegranates May Raise Total Antioxidant Capacity After Exercise
Previous studies have linked higher antioxidant capacity to reduced oxidative stress produced by endurance training. Now a recent study suggests that consuming pomegranate juice may increase total antioxidant capacity after strenuous exercise.
Participants in the study included 19 members of the Polish Rowing Team who were given either 50 ml of standardized pomegranate fruit juice or a placebo daily for two months. All of the participants performed a 2000 meter test on a rowing ergometer at the beginning of the study period and after the follow-up period. The researchers collected blood samples before the exercise, one minute after the test, and one day after recovery.
The researchers found that the total antioxidant level of the pomegranate group was significantly higher than the placebo group. The higher levels were noted during the resting period.
Researchers from the Faculty of Physical Culture in Gorzów Wielkoposki in Poland conducted the study. It was published on July 24, 2018, in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Pomegranates are packed with protective vitamins, and ongoing research is investigating their ability to improve heart health, reduce cholesterol, and reduce joint pain.