Effect of astaxanthin on cycling time trial performance

Conrad P Earnest, M Lupo, K M White, T S Church

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We examined the effect of Astaxanthin (AST) on substrate metabolism and cycling time trial (TT) performance by randomly assigning 21 competitive cyclists to 28d of encapsulated AST (4 mg/d) or placebo (PLA) supplementation. Testing included a VO2max test and on a separate day a 2 h constant intensity pre-exhaustion ride, after a 10 h fast, at 5% below VO2max stimulated onset of 4 mmol/L lactic acid followed 5 min later by a 20 km TT. Analysis included ANOVA and post-hoc testing. Data are Mean (SD) and (95% CI) when expressed as change (pre vs. post). Fourteen participants successfully completed the trial. Overall, we observed significant improvements in 20 km TT performance in the AST group (n=7; -121 s; 95%CI, -185, -53), but not the PLA (n=7; -19 s; 95%CI, -84, 45). The AST group was significantly different vs. PLA (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-888
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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