Many of you might be familiar with the concept of the “Free Radical Theory” of aging. In short, free radicals are an unavoidable product of an organism that deals with aerobic respiration, such us humans. When oxygen is involved the very process of living and breathing creates free radicals. Free radicals can in turn, over time, do considerable damage to cells and cell membranes. Enter antioxidants. There is good scientific research out there that certain nutrients have the ability to quench free radicals and thus make them less dangerous to our cells. Individual cells are the building blocks for every tissue such as muscles and organs such as the heart. Running of course depends very heavily on aerobic respiration, and thus, the potential to increase free radical circulation. Over the next couple of “runs”…
I will explore with you the world of antioxidants, and explain to you what an antioxidant network is.
- 4 miles easy run
- Time: 34:09
- Actual Pace: 08:32
- Target Pace: 08:58
- Calories expanded: 661
- 15 min post workout pulse: 72ppm
For today we stick with the antioxidant network. There are several individual antioxidants that will be covered, but when we combine these nutrients, we describe as antioxidants, either through proper diet or supplementation, then they form an antioxidant network. This means that we might potentially increase their capability to work to our benefit. The whole concept is called synergy…
I just give you a quick example of two of these antioxidant. One is Vitamin C and the other Vitamin E. Together they might just perfectly complement each other… You’ll see.
Next run is a 9 miler on Saturday and the nutrient covered to keep this "machine" going will be Vitamin C.