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Effect of hyperbaric oxygen and vitamin C and E supplementation on biomarkers of oxidative stress in healthy men

  • Nicolle Bader (a1), Anja Bosy-Westphal (a2), Andreas Koch (a3), Gerald Rimbach (a4), Allan Weimann (a5), Henrik E. Poulsen (a5) and Manfred J. Müller (a2)...

Abstract

The objectives of the present study were to evaluate the effect of normobaric and hyperbaric O2 (HBO) on plasma antioxidants and biomarkers of oxidative stress in plasma and urine and to investigate the effect of a 4-week vitamin C plus E supplementation on HBO-induced oxidative stress. Nineteen healthy men were exposed to HBO (100 % O2; 240 kPa) before and after 4 weeks' supplementation with 500 mg vitamin C plus 165 mg α-tocopherol equivalents. Exposure to 21 % O2 at 100 kPa served as intra-individual controls (control). Samples for the analysis of plasma antioxidants and oxidative stress biomarkers were collected before and immediately after each treatment. The present results showed that when compared with ‘control’, a single exposure to HBO resulted in a decrease of plasma vitamin C (P = 0·027) and an increase of lipid peroxides (P = 0·0008) and urinary 8-oxo-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG) excretion (P = 0·006). Oxidative stress was not prevented by a 4-week supplementation with vitamins C and E. HBO-induced changes in plasma parameters correlated with basal antioxidant levels. The increase of urinary 8-oxodG after HBO plus supplementation correlated negatively with vitamin E intake (P = 0·023). We concluded that in healthy men HBO caused oxidative stress, which could not be prevented by dietary vitamin C plus E supplementation. The present data support the idea that HBO is a suitable model for oxidative stress in healthy volunteers.

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*Corresponding author: Dr Nicolle Bader, fax +49 0711 45923386, email nbader@uni-hohenheim.de

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Effect of hyperbaric oxygen and vitamin C and E supplementation on biomarkers of oxidative stress in healthy men

  • Nicolle Bader (a1), Anja Bosy-Westphal (a2), Andreas Koch (a3), Gerald Rimbach (a4), Allan Weimann (a5), Henrik E. Poulsen (a5) and Manfred J. Müller (a2)...

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