Athletes should take special notice of the documented effects of Astaxanthin on both endurance and recovery. Astaxanthin can enhance several key areas of your training.
Research on cyclists have shown that with just four weeks of astaxanthin supplementation significantly affected their time performance. The time it took to cycle 20km was reduced by an average of 5.1% in the group that received astaxanthin. In other words, Cyclists taking astaxanthin improved their time by little over 2 minutes compared to 21 seconds in the placebo group. In general research has shown time and again that speed and endurance is increased significantly with astaxanthin supplementation.
Astaxanthin can also positively affect the effectiveness of your workout. Instead of relying on glucose utilization in your muscles, astaxanthin will help your body to instead burn body fat during your exercise. Not only will this increase your endurance because of this more effective mode of energy use, it will also reduce adipose tissue, otherwise known simply as fat.
Astaxanthin can in this way boost the effectiveness of your training and help your body recover from the stress of exercise and reduce muscle damage significantly.
There are many ways in which astaxanthin will help your body recover from the stress of training and exertion.
Research on recovery in runners has shown that after a 1.200m run, lactic acid build up was much lower in those that had received astaxanthin supplements for only 4 weeks than in those in the control group. Less lactic acid build up will not only increase performance but also reduce muscle soreness after exercising.
Heart rate recovery was shown to be faster in subjects that received Astaxanthin supplements according to another study. Subjects that had taken astaxanthin supplements returned to a resting heart rate after exercise up to 30% faster than the control group.
Several studies have shown that the normal wear and tear that sports can cause in your muscles is reduced by daily astaxanthin intake. One study in professional soccer players showed that taking 4mg of astaxanthin for 90 days reduced circulating markers of muscle damage – creatine kinase and alanine aminotransferase – compared to a placebo. These findings were supported by another study in soccer players, suggesting that taking 4mg of astaxanthin daily reduced inflammation and oxidative stress by lessening training-induced muscle damage.
Daily astaxanthin intake can help your body recover faster and make training safer and more enjoyable.