There has always been interest in understanding the influence of nutritional supplements on exercise performance and recovery. A study conducted by Jabbar Abd, Hayder titled “Effect of physical exercise using α-lipoic acid (ALA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on physical fitness, recovery, and performance in young weightlifters” (2023) offers valuable insights into this topic.

Key Findings

  • A total of 30 young weightlifters participated in this experimental study.

  • Supplementation of ALA and EPA was provided for a span of ten weeks.

  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) showcased significant benefits, notably reducing pain and aiding the body in returning to its normal state after exertion. This group exhibited superior results in studied variables compared to other groups.

  • α-lipoic acid (ALA) was instrumental in speeding up recovery by 20% relative to traditional methods.

  • The group not taking nutritional supplements did not register any improvement.

From the results, the researcher concluded incorporating α-lipoic acid (ALA) with physical exercise both before and after the effort can enhance physical fitness markers and diminish recovery time for weightlifters. The dietary supplements, ALA and EPA, have been observed to boost performance and achievement. Most notably, they can expedite recovery by 20% when compared to standard methods.

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For sports teams looking to optimise performance and reduce recovery time, incorporating these supplements could be beneficial. Further studies should be conducted across various sports and age groups to expand on these findings.

Further Reading on Exercise Supplements

While the study by Jabbar Abd, Hayder is promising, there are numerous other studies that emphasise the importance of supplements in enhancing exercise performance:

  • Coombes, J.S. & McNaughton, L.R. (2000). Effects of branched-chain amino acid supplementation on serum creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase after prolonged exercise. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 40(3), 240-246. Click here to review the full research article

  • Maughan, R.J., Depiesse, F., & Geyer, H. (2007). The use of dietary supplements by athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 25(S1), S103-S113. Click here to review the full research article


  1. Jabbar Abd, Hayder. (2023). Effect of physical exercise using α-lipoic acid (ALA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on physical fitness, recovery, and performance in young weightlifters. SPORT TK. Year 2023. Volume 12. Supplement 2. Article 5. 8. Click here to review the full research article 

Remember, before incorporating any new supplement into your routine or advising athletes, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare or nutrition expert.

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