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1- Exercise Physiology Research Center, Life Style Institute, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Department of Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Sports Science, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran ,
Abstract:   (291 Views)
Background. Military activities often involve high-intensity exercise that can disrupt the body's antioxidant capacity.
Objectives. This study investigated the effects of skullcaps (from the mint family), supplementation on muscle damage, oxidative stress, and plasma antioxidant indices of soldiers using the army combat readiness test (ACRT).
Methods. Twenty-four healthy soldiers were randomized into two groups (n=12) of ACRT-placebo, and ACRT-skullcaps. The exercise for the soldiers was the army combat readiness test (ACRT) and blood sampling was performed before exercise, immediately after exercise, 60 minutes after taking the supplements, and 120 minutes after taking the supplements.
Results. There were between-group differences for CK, LDH, MDA, SOD, TAC, and GPX after exercise (p<0.05).
Conclusion. ACRT increases indices of plasma markers of muscle damage and oxidative stress. Our findings indicate that supplementing with skullcaps increased antioxidant capacity and reduced muscle damage and oxidative stress during the recovery period.
Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Sport Physiology and its related branches
Received: 2021/03/28 | Accepted: 2021/05/1

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