Relationship between the Ingestion of a Polyphenol-Rich Drink, Hepcidin Hormone, and Long-Term Training

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Title: Relationship between the Ingestion of a Polyphenol-Rich Drink, Hepcidin Hormone, and Long-Term Training
Authors: Villaño Valencia, Débora | Vilaplana, Cristina | Medina, Sonia | Algaba-Chueca, Francisco | Cejuela Anta, Roberto | Martínez Sanz, José Miguel | Ferreres, Federico | Gil-Izquierdo, Ángel
Research Group/s: Research in Physical Education, Fitness and Performance (RIPEFAP) | Grupo de Investigación en Alimentación y Nutrición (ALINUT)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería
Keywords: Polyphenols | Hepcidin | Iron | Exercise | Juice
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva | Enfermería
Issue Date: 8-Oct-2016
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Villaño D, Vilaplana C, Medina S, Algaba-Chueca F, Cejuela-Anta R, Martínez-Sanz JM, Ferreres F, Gil-Izquierdo A. Relationship between the Ingestion of a Polyphenol-Rich Drink, Hepcidin Hormone, and Long-Term Training. Molecules. 2016; 21(10):1333. doi:10.3390/molecules21101333
Abstract: The effects of polyphenol-rich foods on the iron status of athletes, as well as the effect of physical training on the hormone hepcidin, implicated in iron metabolism, are not clear. We investigated the influence on iron metabolism of a long-term training intervention of 120 days, measuring the hepcidin concentration in the plasma of 16 elite triathletes, and the effect of the ingestion of 200 mL of either aronia-citrus juice or a placebo drink for 45 days, in a crossover design. The highest plasma hepcidin concentrations were observed at the beginning of the study (116 ± 63 nM) and levels steadily decreased until the end of the intervention (final value 10 ± 7.5 nM). Long-term training might reduce inflammation and, hence, could be responsible for the decrease in hepcidin in triathletes. Polyphenols from aronia-citrus juice did not interfere in iron absorption, as we did not observe significant differences between the intake of the placebo drink or juice with regard to hepcidin levels. Further studies are required to ascertain the time and conditions necessary to restore hepcidin levels, which reflect the iron status of triathletes.
Sponsor: The study received financial support from the National Funding Agencies, through the Project AGL2011-23690 (CICYT). Sonia Medina is grateful to the CICYT for a research contract (AGL2011-23690). This work has been partially funded by the “Fundación Séneca de la Región de Murcia” Grupo de Excelencia 19900/GERM/15.
ISSN: 1420-3049
DOI: 10.3390/molecules21101333
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (
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