Acute cocoa Flavanols intake has minimal effects on exercise-induced oxidative stress and nitric oxide production in healthy cyclists: a randomized controlled trial

  title={Acute cocoa Flavanols intake has minimal effects on exercise-induced oxidative stress and nitric oxide production in healthy cyclists: a randomized controlled trial},
  author={Lieselot Decroix and Cajsa Tonoli and Danusa Dias Soares and Amandine Descat and Marie-Jos{\'e} Drittij-Reijnders and Antje R. Weseler and Aalt Bast and Wilhelm Stahl and Elsa Heyman and Romain Meeusen},
  journal={Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition},
BackgroundCocoa flavanols (CF) can stimulate vasodilation by improved nitric oxide (NO) synthesis and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capacities. This study aimed to examine whether acute CF intake can affect exercise-induced changes in antioxidant capacity, oxidative stress, inflammation and NO production, as well as exercise performance and recovery in well-trained cyclists.MethodsTwelve well-trained male cyclists (mean ± SD age, VO2max: 30 ± 3 years, 63.0 ± 3.5 ml/kg/min) participated… 
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