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Tai Chi Shows More Effects than Walking on Oxidative Stress in Older Adults
 
August 16, 2013 -
It has recently been reported that the practice of Tai Chi reduces oxidative stress (OxS), but it is not clear whether walking or Tai Chi produces a greater antioxidant effect. A new study by the National Autonomous University of Mexico aimed at evaluating the effect of the practice of Tai Chi and walking on markers for OxS.

The researchers carried out a quasi-experimental study with 106 older adults between 60 and 74 years of age who were clinically healthy and divided into the following groups: (i) control group (n = 23), (ii) walking group (n = 43), and (iii) Tai Chi group (n = 31).

The researchers measured the levels of lipoperoxides (LPO), antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx), and total antioxidant status (TAS) pre- and post-intervention in all subjects. They found lower levels of LPO in the Tai Chi group compared with the walking group. Likewise, they observed significantly higher SOD activity and lower OxS-score in the Tai Chi group.

The findings suggest that the practice of Tai Chi produces a more effective antioxidant effect than walking.

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