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Can Antioxidants Protect Scuba Divers?

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Can Antioxidants Protect Scuba Divers?

Wed, 25/11/2020 - 13:26
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Intake of antioxidants Vitamin C and E prior to a scuba dive can reduce alterations in cardiovascular function caused by dives

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A recent study, published in The Journal of Physiology, shows that acute oral intake of antioxidants Vitamin C and E prior to a scuba dive can reduce alterations in cardiovascular function that are caused by a single air dive.

A group of professional divers were studied before and after a moderate scuba dive to a depth of 30 meters for 30 minutes, similar to those enjoyed by countless recreational divers.

A single scuba air dive induced mild changes in cardiac function and a significant decrease in endothelial function (endothelia is the inside lining of bloodvessels and other tissue).

The authors thought that these changes could be influenced by oral ingestion of antioxidant vitamins C and E prior to diving, and that endothelial function, in particular, might be preserved.

This intervention showed a positive effect on vascular endothelial function, whereas other cardiac functional changes were unaffected. Although generally very safe, diving may be associated with serious consequences such as decompression sickness.

These new data raise the possibility that pre-dive intake of antioxidant vitamins may prevent some of the negative effects of diving on vascular function.

The results of this study are of interest for those involved in all types of recreational and professional diving.

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The Journal of Physiology
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