The Effect of an Ice-Cold Water Bath on the Body's Antioxidant System After Exercise in Healthy Men

The study aimed to investigate the effect of a 5-minute head-out ice-cold water bath on the balance between oxidants and antioxidants in response to exercise.

Scientific Research

The study involved 24 participants who performed two cycling exercises for 30 minutes and then recovered for 10 minutes at room temperature or in ice-cold water. The levels of certain substances in the blood were measured before and after exercise and recovery. The study found that the ice-cold water bath led to lower levels of a particular substance that indicates oxidative stress, and this suggests that the ice-cold water bath helps reduce post-exercise oxidative stress.

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