The aim of the study was to investigate whether lactotripeptides supplementations alleviate the decrease in the maximal isometric force, an indirect marker of muscle damage, after eccentric exercise (ECC).Design
Twenty-two young men performed 50 ECC of the elbow flexors using an isokinetic dynamometer. The subjects were randomly assigned to either the placebo or lactotripeptides group and were each given a 4.5 mg/d placebo or lactotripeptides thrice on the exercise day and the day after. Maximal isometric force and brachial arterial diameter were assessed before and 2 days after the ECC.Results
The interaction of time and group on maximal isometric force was significant (P < 0.05); maximal isometric force was significantly decreased in both groups after ECC (P < 0.005). The interaction of brachial arterial diameter was significant (P < 0.05); brachial arterial diameter was significantly increased in only the lactotripeptides group (P < 0.005). In addition, the change in maximal isometric force was significantly related to the change in brachial arterial diameter after adjusting for body weight and change in range of motion (P < 0.05).Conclusions
The present results suggest that lactotripeptides supplementation alleviates the decrease in the maximal isometric force via an increase in brachial arterial diameter after ECC.