Int J Sports Med 1994; 15(7): 435-440
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1021084
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Dietary, Serum and Urine Ascorbic Acid Status in Male Athletes

L. Rokitzki, S. Hinkel, C. Klemp, D. Cufi, J. Keul
  • Medizinische Universitätsklinik, Albert Ludwig Universität, Freiburg i. Breisgau
    Department of Sport and Performance Medicine, Medical Director: Prof. Dr. J. Keul
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The ascorbic aicd (AA)-status of 14 marathon runners, 12 soccer players, 9 wrestlers, 9 basketball players and 16 controls was determined. A 7-day food weighed record was kept to quantify the AA-intake. In addition, the AA-serum concentrations and urinary ascorbate excretion were measured. The AA-intake of all 44 athletes (median, 26th-75th percentile) was 180.7 (188-239) mg/d, the serum concentration 70.6 (65.7-80.2 µmol/l) and the urine ascorbate excretion 1531 (391-2934) µmol/g creatine. No significant differences could be observed between the various sport groups, or between the sport groups and controls with respect to absolute (mg/d) and relative (mg/g body weight) AA-intake, serum and urine concentrations. Only a few of the athletes had AA-intake below the RDA or serum- or urine levels smaller than the decision limit.

The absolute AA-intake (n = 44) from the 7-day record (r = 0.49, p < 0.0009) and the AA-intake on the last day (1-day) prior to urine collection (r = 0.90, p < 0.0000) correlate moderately/strongly with the urinary excretion. Between AA-intake (7-day) and serum concentration there is a correlation of r = 0.59, p < 0.0000. The AA-status of highly trained athletes does not differ significantly from the control group in spite of intensive daily training. Thus, AA-supplementation beyond the normal daily intake does not appear necessary.