Athletes are forever aspiring to improve their skills through goal setting and intense training. We often say “I want to be stronger,” “I want to win” or “I want to set a better record,” and yet persevering with a thorough training regime is the only way to really improve performance. So, what is necessary for athletes to maintain their perseverance?
Persistent training is only possible through a proper diet, to serve as the building blocks of your body, to give you energy and rest, and to support your recovery. Some athletes want to maintain a training regimen too rigorous for ordinary diet and rest. Athletes going above and beyond in their training need to supplement their regular diet to compensate for greater energy and recovery demands.
Multiple studies have determined that astaxanthin supports your training schedule not by compensating for exercise-induced muscle damage, but rather by suppressing damage by making muscles more resilient to exercise-induced stress. Here are just a few of the published results of AstaReal clinical and research studies.
40 healthy paramedic students (aged 17-19), undergoing a physical training program, were divided into two groups. During their 6 month training period, one group of 20 paramedics were gives astaxanthin capsules, while the other group of 20 was give placebo capsules.
Muscle endurance was evaluated by calculating the average number of squats subjects could perform at 3 months and 6 months after beginning the experiment. After 6 months, the group taking natural algae astaxanthin had improved by more than 60%. At the same time, the average improvement among the placebo group stalled at around 20%.
Of course, although training alone resulted in an increase of 20%, these results show that a significant difference was attainable after just 6 months simply by adding astaxanthin to their training routine.
The photographs below show muscle tissue of mice after an exercise protocol. When the mice exercise, the abundance of active oxygen causes their muscle cell membranes to oxidize, which results in “lipid peroxides.”
“Lipid peroxidation” (oxidation of fat) contributes to muscle fatigue. Excess lipid peroxides (the black portions in the photographs below) can be seen in the mice that were not fed astaxanthin (left). Whereas the muscles of the mice that were fed astaxanthin (middle) were more resilience against exercise-induced damage, and more closely resemble healthy muscle of the group that had not exercised (right). The mice had all performed the same amount of exercise, but astaxanthin suppressed damage to their muscles.
Aoi W et al., Antioxid Redox Signal. 2003;5(1):139-144
Within the same research project, we examined energy substrate usage during exercise.
Results showed that lipid usage in the group on the astaxanthin diet increased by 25%, and at the same time, glucose usage dropped by 12%.
The key to improving stamina is to train our bodies to limit glucose consumption and increase lipid usage.
The results of this research show that taking astaxanthin makes it possible to reduce glucose consumption during exercise and use lipids more efficiently.
A group of 21 competitive cyclists were divided into two groups. Over 28 days, one group took natural algae astaxanthin capsules while the other group took placebo capsules.
20 km timed trials were conducted at the beginning and end of the experiment. When the finishing times were compared, the group supplmenting with astaxanthin showed an average improvement of 121 seconds, whereas the placebo group stalled with a meagre improvement of only 19 seconds.
AstaReal also conducted research on the effects of astaxanthin on intermittent anaerobic exercise
– popular examples of which include soccer, baseball, basketball, etc.
17 university students were divided into 2 groups. Over 4 weeks, one group of 9 students was given natural algae astaxanthin capsules while the remaining 8 students were given placebo capsules. The subjects were instructed to perform 20 sets of intermittent anaerobic exercise (composed of 7 seconds of pedaling an exercise bike at full power followed by 23 seconds of rest) on 3 occasions: at the beginning of the experiment, after 2 weeks and after 4 weeks.
Peak performance was measured in each case and the effects of astaxanthin on intermittent anaerobic exercise was evaluated by comparing the rate of change. Both at the 2 week point and the 4 week point, the group that took astaxanthin showed significant improvement compared to the control group.
The above suggests that astaxanthin can improve performance in a variety of sports.