About this Research Topic
Diet plays a crucial role in providing energy and optimizing athletes' performance and recovery. The influence of diet in terms of inflammatory response in exercise is a vast area of study that has gained much attention in recent years. Potential dietary components could modulate exercise-induced cellular signals that stimulate inflammatory factors during intense physical activity. Furthermore, some nutritional supplements have been shown to improve performance, body composition, and immune function. On the other hand, some authors suggest focusing on daily nutritional strategies that match energy demands and provide sufficient specific macro- and micronutrients would support the immune function. For instance, probiotics, prebiotics, or other functional foods are also thought to have the potency to modify gut microbiota composition and improve the conditions of the intestinal epithelium and the immune system response to control inflammation, improve energy availability, and ultimately improve performance in athletes.
The ongoing research in this field is giving us more insight into how different diets and specific dietary components could attenuate inflammatory biomarkers to benefit the overall performance of elite athletes. Therefore, we aim to present the latest findings related to nutrition and exercise-induced inflammation varying from research on cellular pathways to physical performance.
This Research Topic welcomes contributions of original research, animal studies, systematic and meta-analysis reviews, narrative reviews, methods articles, and case reports covering the impact of diet and nutritional components on exercise-induced inflammation. Potential subtopics include but are not limited to the following:
• The impact of prebiotics/probiotics on gut microbiota composition and inflammatory immune responses related to exercise
• How different diets or eating habits could benefit or worsen exercise-induced inflammation and physical performance
• Impact of nutraceuticals on inflammatory cellular pathways associated with endurance exercise
• Impact of dietary and sport supplements on exercise-induced inflammatory factors, muscle damage and physical performance
• The potential modulating effects of herbal medicine on inflammatory responses related to exercise
Keywords: inflammation, immune response, probiotics, endurance exercise
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