Provided by Dr Bryan Helwig, PhD
This article reviews and summarizes the current scientific literature addressing the role antioxidants play in the exercising individual. The antioxidant sections have been written assuming some knowledge of free radicals is known. However, for those not familiar with free radicals and antioxidants, a brief physiological overview of these topics is presented in the introduction. References used in this web site are linked to the corresponding abstract located at the National Library of Medicine. Although many vitamins and minerals have antioxidant properties, this site focuses on only four: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and selenium. Among the topics discussed for each antioxidant will be background, metabolism, daily reference intake, and current research in relation to exercise. This article was written by Bryan Helwig, M.S., 2000 graduate of the Department of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University, under the supervision of Dr. Katherine Grunewald. We hope you enjoy this article and find it a valuable resource in the field of antioxidant and exercise research.
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