Can Antioxidants Help You Build Muscle? Free Radicals
Destroy Your Muscles
by: Chris Chew  
Many people these days take antioxidants to counter the detrimental effect of free
radicals. Antioxidants mopped up free radicals and convert them into harmless
substances. Free radicals are known to cause body cell decomposition and therefore are
the main culprit in our aging process. Free radicals are linked to aging diseases such as
cancer and heart problems besides making us age more quickly. Since free radicals cause
our cells to decompose, then free radicals will also degenerate our muscle cells.

Staying clear of situations that cause a surge of free radicals to surge is one way of
prevention and taking antioxidants as a supplementation is another. There are many
situations that will increase free radical activities such as sun burn, stress, smoking,
alcohol consumption, pollution, exercise workout amongst others. Yes, we get a surge of
free radicals when we exercise especially intensive exercises because we are putting our
bodies under tremendous stress when we exercise. These muscle destroying activities
will continue for hours and even days depending how intensive your exercises are.

This is where antioxidants supplementing comes in. Since antioxidants neutralize free
radicals, it helps your muscles to recover faster and stop the ravaging effects of free
radicals on your muscle and thus allowing better muscle growth.

So if you want your muscles to recover faster and want to grow bigger muscles after
your workouts, supplementation with antioxidants may help. There are many
antioxidants supplements in the market. Vitamin A, C and E are perhaps the better
known free radical fighters out there. Some other excellent free radical scavengers are
Green Tea extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene etc

So our mums although may not have known about antioxidants and its effect of free
radicals on our body was right when they insisted that we take our vitamins. Do protect
your muscles and general health with antioxidants.

About The Author

Chris Chew is fitness personal trainer of fashion models, actors and male pageant
winners. More of his free health and fitness articles here :-

This article was posted on January 11, 2006

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