VITAMIN E NOT LIKELY TO PROTECT AGAINST DOMS
Harris, M. B., & McMurray, R. G. (1997). Effects of vitamin E supplementation on delayed-onset muscular soreness. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 29(5), Supplement abstract 1416.
Ss (N = 9) performed 20 minutes of bench stepping under two conditions: placebo and after 48 days of vitamin E ingestion.
There was a significant reduction in subjective ratings of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) but no difference in pain/pressure thresholds and plasma levels of thiobarbituric acid, reactive substances, or creatine kinase.
Despite the improved subjective ratings, vitamin E supplementation did not alter objective indices of muscular damage.
Implication. It is unlikely that vitamin E exerts a protective effect against eccentric exercise-induced DOMS.
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