Welcome to my Lab! While we are still on our quest of #forgingtheshield, today, I would like to point your interest in the direction of oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress has become one of the usual suspects when looking for something to blame on being responsible for accelerating aging and boosting inflammatory diseases, and guess what, as always, when we generalize stuff, some important aspects get lost.
So let’s have a quick dive! First of all, oxidative stress is something completely natural and is part of our energy production. It’s is a natural result of physical activity, and probably was never an issue for the health of our ancestors. It doesn’t sound that scary. But I have to admit, with the changes in our environment – think electrosmog, unhealthy convenience foods, smoking, excess amounts of alcohol – the potential for too much has risen. And yes, you might want to look into strategies to mediate excessive oxidative stress to get things straight.
But before you start running after the next superfood or supplement, gulp down liters of CBD structured water, drink molecular hydrogen to get rid of this reactive oxygen species; let me remind you there is a circadian clock for nearly everything in life.
As already explained, there is a bunch of reasons for ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) in nature. One of them is the initiation of adaptation as a result of the appearance of oxidative stress in the muscle. So no matter if you ride a bike or do physical exercise in the gym, one of the results of the effort is oxidative stress. So having a supplement with antioxidants before training might be a little bit counterproductive. But taking the same supplements during, or directly after training, will probably eliminate the reaction to the exercise, and will rob you of the benefits of exercise itself.
Based on my experience, stay away from antioxidants for 6-12 hours after a workout.