Effects of Bee Bread Supplementation on Total Antioxidant Status and F2-Isoprostane Among Athletes

Chee Ping Wong1*, Chee Keong Chen2, Foong Kiew Ooi2 & Mahaneem Mohamed3

1Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
2Exercise and Sports Science Programme, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia
3Department of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia

Dr. Chee Ping Wong, Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Keywords: Antioxidant; F2-Isoprostane; Oxidative Stress; Exercise; Athletes


Antioxidant is a substance that helps to reduce the severity of oxidative stress. Many chronic diseases have been reported related the increasing of free radical and oxidative stress in the human. There is still scanty information on antioxidant property of bee bread at pre and post exercise after short term supplementation. This present study investigated effects of eight weeks supplementation of bee bread on antioxidant status at pre and post exercise among athletes. Twelve male athletes were recruited in this randomised crossover study. For the exercise trial test, subjects were required to run at 60% of their respective VO2max on a motorised treadmill for 90 minutes and immediately followed by a time trial performance. Blood samples were collected at pre and post exercise to determine total antioxidant status (TAS) and F2-Isoprostane. Statistical analyses were performed using descriptive statistic and ANOVA with repeated measures. TAS was significantly higher, whereas F2-Isoprostane was significantly lower in the bee bread trial in comparison with placebo trial after eight weeks of supplementation. This resent study found that bee bread supplementation showed positives impact on antioxidant status among athletes.

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