A paper published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology last year made some exciting discoveries regarding physical activity and antioxidant activity. Monitoring a few key biomarkers in 3 different groups; the control group, the “exercise” group and the “massage and exercise” group.
Researchers looked at the level of malondialdehyde (a marker for oxidative stress), nitric oxide (free radicals), adenosine deaminase (an enzyme which helps in the development and maintenance of the immune system) and superoxide dismutase (antioxidant activity).
The study monitored 25 sedentary women ages 32-50 who did not regularly participate in physical activity or receive massages.
They found that sedentary women who were in the exercise or exercise and massage group had significantly decreased malondialdehyde values. Meaning that women who participated in physical activity actually had decreased oxidative stress levels.
Moreover, the study found that the exercise groups had significantly increased glutathione (GSH) and superoxide dismutase values. There were no changes in nitric oxide and adenosine deaminase values.
This study shows that by exercising, these women reduced oxidative stress levels while boosting their antioxidant activity. Two profoundly beneficial results that can help fight disease and boost immunity.