Flavonoids Help Post-Workout Recovery in Endurance Athletes

Mixed Flavonoid Supplementation Attenuates Post-Exercise Plasma Levels of Protein Carbonyls and 4-Hydroxynonenal Protein Adducts Levels in Endurance Athletes (P23-009-19)

In Summary

Researchers have recently exposed the benefits of flavonoid supplements in endurance athletes. The mixed flavonoid supplement included quercetin, a flavonoid found in cannabis plants, and was able to mitigate the oxidative stress that occurs post-exercise in endurance athletes. The other flavonoids harnessed from green tea and bilberry extracts were also included in the antioxidant supplement whose combined efforts were able to minimize the damaging effects of oxidation. The development of these all-natural supplements may provide a beneficial way for athletes to recover from intense workouts while complying with regulations set by sports associations. 

Novel recovery techniques like the one featured in this paper are important for recovering athletes trying to navigate harsh regulations set by overarching organizations. Cannabidiol (CBD) has been praised and is well known for its therapeutic techniques, yet many athletes fear to utilize CBD during recovery from an injury or intense workout because it lays in a moral grey area for most athletic organizations. For example, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a banned substance according to the NCAA and although CBD is not the NCAA still warns against its use due to the possibility of THC contamination. Athletes should be mindful to check with their organization for cannabis rules and ensure the products they use during recovery, such as CBD, come from a trusted source.

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