Did you know that your DNA, specifically your NRF2 gene, impacts your body’s ability to produce antioxidants like those found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables?
Knowing your NRF2 genotype can help inform your unique needs of antioxidant-rich foods — allowing you to make dietary changes that will improve your performance!
When you exercise, your mitochondria (the cell’s powerhouse) begin producing energy at a higher rate to fuel your muscle cells. A by-product of this process is free radicals, which if left unchecked can damage mitochondria, decreasing your exercise performance.
Your genetic makeup impacts your natural ability to generate antioxidants and mop up excess free radicals within your cells. Making some dietary tweaks can help your body fight off the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Decreased accumulation of free radicals during endurance exercise could help you train longer and harder.
Being informed and knowing what makes you unique could give you the edge you need in competition. Learn how your DNA affects your endurance training by logging into your Athletigen account and getting the Athletic Report today!