Antioxidants are important. I get 3 grams Vitamin C + 2000 iu Vitamin E + 1-2 grams alpha-lipoic acid + 5 grams green tea extract every day. They're beneficial, but they don't come close to giving anybody the results that you're claiming. There are plenty of studies showing some benefit, but I'm sick of all the outrageous claims. Antioxidants aren't the cure all for everything. If you want to take something you're gonna notice, try epogen.
Contraction-induced muscle damage is unaffected by vitamin E supplementation.
Beaton LJ, Allan DA, Tarnopolsky MA, Tiidus PM, Phillips SM.
Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1, Canada.
PURPOSE: Vitamin E supplementation may confer a protective effect against eccentrically biased exercise-induced muscle damage through stabilization of the cell membrane and possibly via inhibition of free radical formation. Evidence supporting a protective role of vitamin E after contraction-induced muscle injury in humans is, however, inconsistent. The present study sought to determine the effect of vitamin E supplementation on indices of exercise-induced muscle damage and the postexercise inflammatory response after performance of repeated eccentric muscle contractions. METHODS: Young healthy men performed a bout of 240 maximal isokinetic eccentric muscle contractions (0.52 rad.s-1) after being supplemented for 30 d with either vitamin E (N = 9; 1200 IU.d-1) or placebo (N = 7; safflower oil). RESULTS: Measurements of torque (isometric and concentric) decreased below preexercise values immediately post- and at 48 h post-exercise. Biopsies taken 24 h postexercise showed a significant increase in the amount of extensive Z-band disruption; however, neither the torque deficit nor the extent of Z-band disruption were affected by vitamin E. Exercise resulted in increased macrophage cell infiltration (P = 0.05) into muscle, which was also unaffected by vitamin E. Serum CK also increased as a result of the exercise with no effect of vitamin E. CONCLUSION: We conclude that vitamin E supplementation (30 d at 1200 IU.d-1), which resulted in a 2.8-fold higher serum vitamin E concentration, had no affect on indices of contraction-induced muscle damage nor inflammation (macrophage infiltration) as a result of eccentrically biased muscle contractions.