Cranberry Enhances Performance Markers: Study

In a new study, scientists investigated the effect of polyphenol-rich cranberry extract on time-trial performance and lactate response following exercise.

Cranberries, known for their high polyphenol and antioxidant content, potentially protect against exercise-induced free radicals, thereby improving performance.

Led by Dr. Andreas Bergdahl of Concordia University, researchers examined the impact of cranberry extract on time-trial performance and lactate response post-exercise.

Fourteen high-level runners underwent two time trials, one at 1,500 meters and the other at 400 meters, after consuming cranberry extract.

Results showed a trend toward improved speed in the 1,500-meter trial after 28 days of cranberry extract consumption.

Notably, lactate buildup reduced after the 400-meter trial compared to baseline, indicating potential muscle fatigue mitigation.

The study highlights cranberries’ role as a natural performance enhancer without resorting to anabolic steroids.

The findings, published in Physica
l Activity and Nutrition, suggest that cranberry extract may aid in lactate clearance and muscle oxygenation, potentially benefiting athletes seeking a natural edge in their performance.

Source: Oman News Agency