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Title: Effects of pomegranate supplementation on exercise performance and post-exercise recovery in healthy adults: A systematic review
Authors: Ammar, Achraf
Bailey, Stephen J.
Chtourou, Hamdi
Trabelsi, Khaled
Turki, Mouna
Hokelmann, Anita
Souissi, Nizar
Keywords: Sports nutrition
Polyphenols
Oxidative stress
Muscle damage
Inflammation
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by Cambridge University Press.
Citation: AMMAR, A. ... et al., 2018. Effects of pomegranate supplementation on exercise performance and post-exercise recovery in healthy adults: A systematic review. British Journal of Nutrition, Doi: 10.1017/S0007114518002696
Abstract: © The Authors 2018. The functional significance of pomegranate (POM) supplementation on physiological responses during and following exercise is currently unclear. This systematic review aimed (i) to evaluate the existing literature assessing the effects of POM supplementation on exercise performance and recovery; exercise-induced muscle damage, oxidative stress, inflammation; and cardiovascular function in healthy adults and (ii) to outline the experimental conditions in which POM supplementation is more or less likely to benefit exercise performance and/or recovery. Multiple electronic databases were used to search for studies examining the effects of POM intake on physiological responses during and/or following exercise in healthy adult. Articles were included in the review if they investigated the effects of an acute or chronic POM supplementation on exercise performance, recovery and/or physiological responses during or following exercise. The existing evidence suggests that POM supplementation has the potential to confer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects during and following exercise, to improve cardiovascular responses during exercise, and to enhance endurance and strength performance and post-exercise recovery. However, the beneficial effects of POM supplementation appeared to be less likely when (i) unilateral eccentric exercise was employed, (ii) the POM administered was not rich in polyphenols (<1·69 g/l) and (iii) insufficient time was provided between POM-ingestion and the assessment of physiological responses/performance (≤1 h). The review indicates that POM has the potential to enhance exercise performance and to expedite recovery from intensive exercise. The findings and recommendations from this review may help to optimise POM-supplementation practice in athletes and coaches to potentially improve exercise-performance and post-exercise recovery.
Description: This article has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form, subsequent to peer review and/or editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in British Journal of Nutrition published by Cambridge University Press.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1017/S0007114518002696
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/36099
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114518002696
ISSN: 0007-1145
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