‘Leafy greens’ may be the key to minimising damage caused during exercise

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The saying “no pain, no gain” holds a lot more credence than simply being an old motivational comment to encourage more effort when exercising.

Research by Dr Mark Fogarty has identified natural dietary sources as a potential alternative to nutritional supplements, to stimulate important repair processes. Dr Fogarty’s research highlighted that 85g of raw watercress two hours before an exhaustive bout of exercise helped reduce damage to cellular DNA.

Research suggests that the fibrous nature of this vegetable, and others such as broccoli, allows a much slower transit time during digestion compared with a vitamin supplement. It is, therefore, likely that the nutritional compounds are released at a lower and more steady rate during digestion, rather than flooding the blood stream with very high concentrations.

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