At the NIH (Norges Idrettshoegskole, freely translated to "Norwegian College of Sports" or something) fitness convention this week, there was a presentation about anti oxidants and the effect it had on strength training. The subjects were given 1000mg of vitamin C and 400mg of vitamin E pre-workout, and one group received placebo.
A study reported the subjects receiving the anti oxidants had less response to resistance training and a decline in max strength compared to the group receiving placebo. Previous studies show the same results for endurance training. The reason is believed to be the muscle relaxing effects/non-flammatory the anti oxidants has on muscular tissue, so therefore my question goes as following:
Can the timing of the anti oxidant intake be of any significance? As far as I've understood, the vitamin C stays in the system for a short time, so dosages spread out during the day is favorable. Is it possible an IF-protocol a la leangains with all meals (and vit C+E intake) post workout would reduce the negative effects anti oxidants have on training, while still having the positive effects? After all, we do want some inflammation during the workout as far as I've understood?
I know some of you here strongly advocate a high dosage of vitamin C (4-16g a day). How do you interpret the results?
I've read this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/70745/vitamin-c-supplementation#axzz1eAOYzSBg
It has a lot of good information about vitamin C in general, but I did not find any specific information regarding the timing to prevent the effects described above.