Spinach Extract Improves Athletic Performance

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Freie Universität Berlin Contributes to Research Project Backed by the World Anti-Doping Agency

No 193/2019 from Jun 25, 2019

According to a study conducted by a group of international researchers, including experts from Freie Universität Berlin, a chemical extract from spinach plants can be used to boost the performance of competitive athletes. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commissioned researchers to study the effects of ecdysterone, a kind of phytosteroid, on strength training. Their findings indicate that the substance greatly affects muscle cells. Among the researchers who suggested that the WADA add ecdysterone to the list of prohibited substances was Maria Parr, a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at Freie Universität. ...

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