Acute cocoa flavanol intake affects antioxidative capacity and mediates the no- pathway in well trained athletes: Implications for exercise performance

@article{Decroix2016AcuteCF,
  title={Acute cocoa flavanol intake affects antioxidative capacity and mediates the no- pathway in well trained athletes: Implications for exercise performance},
  author={Lieselot Decroix and C. Tonoli and D. D. Soares and E. Heyman and Antje R Weseler and A. Bast and R. Meeusen},
  journal={Journal of Science and Cycling},
  year={2016},
  volume={5}
}
  • Lieselot Decroix, C. Tonoli, +4 authors R. Meeusen
  • Published 2016
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Science and Cycling
  • Introduction: Evidence exists that cocoa flavanol (CF) can increase nitric oxide synthesis. This promotes vasodilation and several physiological processes, such as mitochondrial respiration and biogenesis, glucose uptake and SR-Ca handling, that may support exercise performance1. Moreover, CF intake is also known for its antioxidative capacities (in vitro and in vivo), resulting in reduced levels of oxidative stress2. During exhaustive exercise, free radical production increases dramatically… CONTINUE READING

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