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Effects of vitamin C supplementation on iron and iron binding capacity in sports players after training

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Author(s): Yüksel Koçyiğit | Mehmet Cüneyt Aksak | Yıldız Atamer | Ayfer Aktaş | Ersin Uysal

Journal: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Investigations
ISSN 1309-8578

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 175;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Vitamin C | football | basketball | serum iron | iron binding capacity | glucose | insulin

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of vitamin C (vit C) supplementation on blood iron (Fe++), total iron binding capacity (TIBC), blood glucose and insulin levels in footballers and basketball players following three weeks of training and vit C supplementation.Materials and methods: Blood samples from a total of 20 male sportsmen consisting of amateur footballers and basketball players were taken before and after experiment included an exercise on a treadmill with 1% tilt at a speed of 10 km/h for 10 minutes. Then, they were taken into training camp and they received 1 gr/day vit C daily for three weeks. At the end of the three weeks, blood samples were taken from the experiment groups and the levels of Fe++, TIBC, glucose and insulin were measured. Also, they were asked to fill a questionnaire about previous scores in competitions, and their habits on vitamin intake or smoking. Results of the questionnaire have been reflected as ratios.Results: Data were analyzed and it was found that in both groups blood Fe++ and glucose levels of before and after exercise were elevated (p
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