Molecular hydrogen accelerates post-exercise recovery in athletesScientific Research

Molecular Hydrogen Affected Post-Exercise Recovery in Judo Athletes

Drid, Patrik; Stojanovic, Marko DM; Trivic, Tatjana; Ostojic, Sergej M.

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:


Molecular hydrogen (H2) has recently emerged as a new and safe energizer that may have beneficial effects on athletes. However, there is no information on the effect of H2 on the recovery index after exercise.


To determine the effect of pre-exercise H2 administration on post-exercise heart rate and blood lactate response in judo athletes.


Five athletes (24.4 ± 3.4 years, 74.8 ± 2.3 kg, 177.8 ± 2.5 cm) were recruited to participate in this randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover pilot study. Participants were instructed to take either a 6.4 g H2 formulation or a placebo approximately 30 minutes before the Repeat Special Judo Fitness Test (RSJFT). Blood lactate and heart rate were recorded at 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 15 minutes and at 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 3 minutes, and 15 minutes, respectively, during the recovery period.


Compared with placebo, molecular hydrogen significantly attenuated lactate response during recovery (7.23 ± 1.95 vs. 9.22 ± 1.51 mmol/L; p = 0.011). In addition, a trend toward lower heart rate after exercise was found in the H2 supplemented group (p=0.111).


Hydrogen-rich water appears to be an appropriate strategy to positively influence post-exercise lactate levels in judo athletes.


Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: May 2016 – Volume 48 – Issue 5S – p 1071
doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000488223.41775.bc

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