Acute ascorbic acid administration improves exercise hyperemia during rhythmic but not single contractions in aging humans
Age-related increases in oxidative stress are known to impair endothelium dependent vasodilation in older healthy humans. As a result, many researchers have speculated that endothelial dysfunction contributes to impaired muscle blood flow and vascular control during exercise. Further, elevations in oxidative stress and subsequent endothelial dysfunction could possibly explain our recent observations of impaired contraction-induced rapid vasodilation in older adults. Therefore, we directly tested the hypothesis that acute ascorbic acid administration would augment (1) rapid vasodilation in response ...
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