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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Total radical trapping antioxidant potential (TRAP) and exercise.

The relationship between physical activity, physical fitness and total radical trapping antioxidant potential (TRAP) was examined in the Northern Ireland Health and Activity Survey. This was a cross-sectional population study (n = 1600) using a two-stage probability sample of the population. TRAP was calculated using the sum of the individual serum antioxidant concentrations (urate, protein thiols, ascorbate, alpha tocopherol and bilirubin) multiplied by their respective stoichiometric values. Physical fitness was determined by estimation of VO2max by extrapolation from submaximal oxygen uptake, and physical activity was recorded by computer-assisted interview. Mean serum TRAP concentrations were significantly higher in males (653 +/- 8.2 mumol/l, mean +/- SEM) compared to females (564 +/- 8.0 mumol/l) (p < 0.0001). Both male and female smokers had significantly lower TRAP values than non-smokers (males p < 0.0001, females p = 0.02). In females, there was a positive relationship of TRAP with age (p < 0.001) and body mass index (p < 0.001) but a negative relationship with physical fitness (p < 0.05). The known beneficial effects of exercise and activity do not appear to be directly mediated through increased antioxidant status.[1]


  1. Total radical trapping antioxidant potential (TRAP) and exercise. Sharpe, P.C., Duly, E.B., MacAuley, D., McCrum, E.E., Mulholland, C., Stott, G., Boreham, C.A., Kennedy, G., Evans, A.E., Trinick, T.R. QJM : monthly journal of the Association of Physicians. (1996) [Pubmed]
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