Your body requires daily recovery from exercise in order for your dedication to regular training to produce results. Conducting rigorous training while your body is still fatigued will not only stall performance gains, it will also introduce risk of injury.
Genuine recovery requires rest. Effective rest leads to thorough recovery, allowing you to train in better condition. Continuous training, while maintaining top condition, leads to improved performance.
Effective rest plays an important role in allowing athletes to attain the results they aim for.
Above all, sleep is our most familiar and useful form of rest. In addition to the amount of sleep we get, improving the quality of our sleep boosts recovery. Nevertheless, there are a surprising number of athletes who may sometimes not to be able to sleep despite being fatigued following rigorous training.
For a period of 2 months during the sports season, 22 athletes participating in ball sports for a top Japanese corporate sports team volunteered to test 24 mg/day of natural algae astaxanthin. We asked them to evaluate their experiences relating to sleep before and after taking astaxanthin on a 5-step scale.
The results can be seen in the charts below. Those taking astaxanthin showed a significant improvement in the quality of their sleep – an extremely important form of rest. Improved quality of sleep for athletes promises more thorough recovery.
Right after athletes have expended their mental and physical energy during a race or match, they start training again in order to accomplish their next goal. For athletes who conduct consistent, rigorous training, the physical burden they experience on race and match days will be less severe. Yet, over time, many athletes feel they do not attain genuine recovery.
The chart to the right shows the results of measuring oxidation levels in the body before and after a full marathon. For this case study, our volunteers were two male runners in their 30s who train by running 500~600 km per month and who run full marathons in roughly 2.5 hours.
Both runners participated in the 2016 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, and one runner (“user” shown in red) took astaxanthin routinely (24 mg/day) and the other runner (“non-user” shown in blue) did not.
The runner who took astaxanthin returned to his pre-race oxidation level (standard value) roughly two weeks after the race. Whereas the runner who did not take astaxanthin passed his standard value after 21 days, and it was still rising after a month. The oxidation level in his body 1 month after the race was 32% more than on the day before the marathon.
Routine consumption of astaxanthin promotes fast, thorough recovery.
Until now, athletes’ bodies used to have to work hard and use lots of energy to recover from fatigue and damage. Astaxanthin makes it possible to reduce the effort and time needed for recovery by reducing the damage you suffer. This allows intensified training, so that you can push yourself longer and harder.
When taken consistently, astaxanthin may protects your body from exercise-induced damage. In other words, astaxanthin is an unprecedented supplement that supports your recovery by providing you with damage resistant muscles.