MUSCLE UP WITH VITAMIN E
Research at Georgia Regents University in Augusta has discovered how vitamin E helps to build muscle, supporting a belief long held by bodybuilders. Weight lifting and resistance exercise works through a two-step process: Muscles are somewhat damaged during the exercise and then, as they repair themselves, they get a little bigger and stronger. The new research, published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, found that vitamin E enhances the repair step, because it is essential for membranes of muscle cells to recover from the damage that occurs when muscles are challenged. That’s how much muscle is lost, on average, between the ages of 40 and 80—unless you do resistance exercise and take supplements—according to a review of 17 earlier studies at the University of Southampton in England. Four categories of helpful supplements were identified: protein powders or amino acids, vitamin D, multivitamins, and creatine. Age of the oldest woman to ever finish a marathon: Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, N.C. She also set a new marathon record for a woman over age 90: 7 hours, 7 minutes, and 42 seconds, in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego. A two-time cancer survivor, Harriette started running at the age of 76. Since then, she has completed 16 marathons, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.