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Quercetin Does Not Enhance Performance

Quercetin Does Not Enhance Performance
By J Appl Physiol posted 2010-02-02

Quercetin and performance - John Scott's Nitro

Dietary Quercitin Supplementation Is Not Ergogenic In Untrained Men

Kirk J. Cureton1*, Phillip D. Tomporowski1, Arpit Singhal1, Jeffrey D. Pasley1, Kevin A. Bigelman1, Kathleen Lambourne1, Jennifer L. Trilk1, Kevin K. McCully1, Maurice J. Arnaud2, and Qun Zhao1, University of Georgia

J Appl Physiol (August 13, 2009). doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.00234.2009

Quercetin supplementation increases muscle oxidative capacity and endurance in mice, but its ergogenic effect in humans has not been established.

PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of short-duration chronic quercetin supplementation on muscle oxidative capacity; metabolic, perceptual and neuromuscular determinants of performance in prolonged exercise; and cycling performance in untrained men.
METHODS: Using a double-blind, pretest-posttest control group design, 30 recreationally-active, but not endurance-trained, young men were randomly assigned to Quercetin (Q) and Placebo (P) groups. A noninvasive measure of muscle oxidative capacity (PCr recovery rate using magnetic resonance spectroscopy), peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak), metabolic and perceptual responses to submaximal exercise, work performed on a 10-min maximal-effort cycling test following the submaximal cycling, and voluntary and electrically-evoked strength loss following cycling were measured before and after 7-16 d of supplementation with 1 g/d of quercetin in a sports hydration beverage or a placebo beverage.
RESULTS: Pretreatment-to-posttreatment changes in PCr recovery time constant, VO2peak, substrate utilization and perception of effort during submaximal exercise, total work done during the 10-min maximal effort cycling trial, and voluntary and electrically-evoked strength loss were not significantly different (P > 0.05) in Q and P. CONCLUSION: Short-duration, chronic dietary quercetin supplementation in untrained men does not improve muscle oxidative capacity; metabolic, neuromuscular and perceptual determinants of performance in prolonged exercise; or cycling performance. The null findings indicate that metabolic and physical performance consequences of quercetin supplementation observed in mice should not be generalized to humans.

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