Cranberry Enhances Performance Markers: Study

Ottawa: In a new study, scientists investigated the effect of polyphenol-rich cranberry extract on time-trial performance and lactate response following exercise.

Cranberries, known for their high polyphenol and antioxidant content, potentially protect against exercise-induced free radicals, thereby improving performance.

Led by Dr. Andreas Bergdahl of Concordia University, researchers examined the impact of cranberry extract on time-trial performance and lactate response post-exercise.

Fourteen high-level runners underwent two time trials, one at 1,500 meters and the other at 400 meters, after consuming cranberry extract.

Results showed a trend toward improved speed in the 1,500-meter trial after 28 days of cranberry extract consumption.

Notably, lactate buildup reduced after the 400-meter trial compared to baseline, indicating potential muscle fatigue mitigation.

The study highlights cranberries’ role as a natural performance enhancer without resorting to anabolic steroids.

The findings, published in Physical Activity and Nutrition, suggest that cranberry extract may aid in lactate clearance and muscle oxygenation, potentially benefiting athletes seeking a natural edge in their performance.

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