For my MSc dissertation I am undertaking a study that has never been researched before.

I will be strength training males over the age of 60 and then testing to find differences after 12 weeks of training. However some will take a cocktail of anti-oxidants pre training and some will take a placebo.

There is research that has already found that taking antioxidants prior to aerobic training reduces the training response as it reduces the effects of free radicals. There is a belief that free radicals are required to maximise training response but too many are detrimental.

Below is a list of antioxidants that you may want to avoid eating the meal before your training based on this theory. I will report my dissertation findings in the future once its completed.

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: Apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon

Vitamin C: Berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mangoes, nectarines, orange, papaya, red, green or yellow peppers, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes

Vitamin E: Broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds

Other super foods that are rich in antioxidants include:

All berries
Red grapes
Alfalfa sprouts


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