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Winter 2017
tissue. The result is cellular damage; particularly dangerous is hereby damage to the DNA, which can lead to mutations that cause cancer.
Regarding athletic performance, damage to the cell membranes is of major concern, since it renders the ath- lete’s cells unable to adapt normally to exercise induced processes. For adequate recuperation and growth, the athletes’ cell membranes, must be in good health for attracting vital nutrients into the cell interior and expelling waste matters; a damaged cell membrane may not permit the passage of nutrients or the discharge of waste. While impaired nutrient intake can lead to a cell’s starvation and death, the inability to discharge wastes can on the other hand poison the cell. All this makes it quite clear, how free radical accumulation through exhaustive exercise can result in a reduction in exercise induced processes in the cell such as repair and growth, decreasing the athlete’s ability to recover from training.
Fortunately, the body is not left defenseless against this onslaught of damaging free radicals, but has a defense system to keep free radical damage at bay with vitamin E being its most prominent weapon. Fat-soluble vitamin E,
which is contained in the fats and lipids in the blood, in fat deposits and in healthy cell membranes, counteracts the above-described negative development by acting as cell membrane stabilizer and as a free radical scavenger.
vitamin E prevents DNA and other cellular tissue dam- age by quenching free radicals, particularly single oxygen and polyunsaturated fatty acid radicals, hereby synergisti- cally cooperating with other antioxidants, especially vita- min A, C and Selenium. vitamin E protects cell membranes, by sacriicing itself, donating the hydrogen ion, required by the attacking free radicals. Therefore, it always needs to be suiciently replenished to be able to continuously exert its protective properties.
If you should choose to supplement your diet with vita- min E, make sure to exclusively select the natural D-form of vitamin E (such as in d-alpha tocopherol, d-alpha tocopherol acetate, or d-alpha tocopherol succinate), and be aware that natural vitamin E consists of eight health- boosting compounds, including four tocopherols and four tocotrienol compounds in their perfect natural balance! n
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