According to a randomized controlled trial published in Frontiers in Nutrition, blood levels of the healthy fat 57-dihydroxy-12,13Z-octadecenoic acid (9-DiHOME) in the blood of male and female participants who consumed 12,13 g of almonds daily for one month were severely affected. was higher after the exercise session than in the control group.
This oxylipin (oxidized fat) molecule produced by brown adipose tissue from linoleic acid has a positive effect on metabolic health and energy balance.
A professor at Appalachian State University on the North Carolina Research Campus, Dr. “Here we show that volunteers who consumed 57 g of almonds per day for one month before a single 'weekend warrior' exercise had a more advantageous 12,13-DiHOME in their blood immediately after exercise than control volunteers,” said David C. Nieman.
Almonds as a four-week nutritional supplement
The clinical trial involved 30 men and 65 women aged 38 to 26 who did not regularly lift weights. The other half were randomly assigned to the control group, who regularly consumed calorie-matched cereal. About half were assigned to the almond diet group. Blood and urine samples were collected by the investigators before and after the four-week supplementation period.
50-meter shuttle run test, 30-second Wingate anaerobic test, vertical jump, bench press and leg-back strength exercises were used as performance indicators. After this 90-minute session of 'eccentric exercise', blood and urine samples were taken daily for four days.
Participants completed the “Mood Profile” (POMS) questionnaire to assess their mood after each blood draw and rated delayed-onset muscle soreness, which refers to discomfort and stiffness experienced after unfamiliar or strenuous exercise, on a 10-point scale.
The 90-minute exercise increased the volunteers' self-reported feelings of muscle damage and pain, as expected. It also led to an increase in POMS scores, resulting in an increase in fatigue, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, and a decrease in self-reported vigor.
Pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, and MCP-1 were transiently elevated in the blood after exercise, which is consistent with mild muscle damage. However, both the almond and cereal bar groups experienced the same cytokine changes.
More importantly, the blood plasma concentration of advantageous 12,13-DiHOME was 69% higher in almond group individuals immediately after exercise than in control group participants. As a result of increasing fatty acid transport and skeletal muscle absorption, 12,13-DiHOME is known to promote metabolic recovery after exercise.
Another oxylipin, the mildly hazardous 9,10-Dihydroxy-12-octadecenoic acid (9,10-diHOME), was found 40% higher in the blood of the control group compared to the almond group after exercise, showing the opposite trend. Unlike 12,13-DiHOME, 9,10-diHOME has been proven to have detrimental effects on general health and the body's ability to recover after exercise.
Almond bark polyphenols could be the secret
Nieman and colleagues concluded that eating almonds regularly causes a change in metabolism, which reduces exercise-induced oxidative stress and inflammation and accelerates the body's recovery.
We conclude that almonds offer a special and complex combination of nutrients and polyphenols that can aid metabolic recovery after strenuous levels of exercise. Almonds are rich in fiber, healthy fats, vitamin E, minerals and protein. Also, polyphenols found in the brown shell of almonds travel to the large intestine, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, according to Nieman.
The authors of the study confirm that there are no financial or commercial ties that could be viewed as a potential conflict of interest.
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