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Dr Ian Gillam challenges the current thinking on antioxidants and physical performance at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference in Perth in October

Dr Ian Gillam will be presenting an important paper at the 2018 Sports Medicine Australia Conference in Perth, Australia in October, which will challenge some of the current thinking on the effect of antioxidant supplementation on physical performance. This research was undertaken with Professors Dick Telford and Sandy Skinner at the Australian Institute of Sport, the University of Canberra and Melbourne University.  The Sports Medicine Australia is a holistic multidisciplinary event, bringing together the brightest minds in sports medicine, sports science, physical activity, health promotion and injury prevention.

Dr. Ian Gillam Consulting

Dr Gillam’s presentation at this Conference is titled “Is there a critical tissue vitamin E level to maintain cell membrane integrity and assist recovery in elite endurance trained athletes?”, that for the first time will redefine the required blood and tissue levels of vitamin E in elite endurance athletes that prevents cell membrane damage and can result the loss of essential metabolic cell-bound enzymes. The loss of these metabolic enzymes can be one major factors leading to muscle fatigue, poor performance and recovery in athletes. Ian will also prevent data to show that supplementation with high doses of vitamin E and C can significantly reduce cell membrane damage that reduces the loss of these critical cellular enzymes. In addition, and contrary to previous research that has been based on data on untrained or active individuals, that claim that antioxidant supplementation may impair training adaptation, Ian’s research with elite endurance athletes with below optimum levels of antioxidants, will demonstrate that antioxidant supplementation, that increases blood levels of antioxidants to optimum levels does not impair training adaptation or endurance performance and can improve cellular function and recovery from intense exercise.

This research will add to recent work by the group of Paschalis, Nikolaidis and Margaritelis in Greece, that has shown that the level of antioxidants, which determine the redox status of the individual, determine the effect of training on physical performance. An assessment of the level of antioxidant status of an individual is critical to whether antioxidant supplementation will improve or have adverse effects on physical performance in athletes and individuals undertaking training to improve their performance.

Steve Bunce

CEO, National Institute of Integrative Medicine, Melbourne, Australia

From 2009 to 2016 Dr Ian Gillam practiced Exercise Physiology at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM) in Melbourne. As an experienced and highly-skilled practitioner, Ian helped patients from a wide variety of backgrounds achieve their goals in rehabilitation, performance, weight loss, and longevity. Ian was instrumental in the establishment of the NIIM Executive Integrative Healthcheck, contributing his practical skills and extensive academic and research experience. In his role as Exercise Physiologist, Ian became the touchstone for our program’s elite clientele looking to improve their health and fitness, and reduce pain. The Healthcheck received overwhelmingly positive reviews and continues to grow today, providing comprehensive health assessment and guidance to the busy professional.

John Carson

Insurance broker

After suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome by a doctor specialised in the field, I was eventually referred Dr Gillam. With Ian's positive guidance and support, a change in diet and nutrition, I began to show the signs of a recovery within a relatively short period of time and almost fully recover from my fatigue and poor health within 12-18 months. This enabled me to return to full-time work and resume an active lifestyle. Thank you Ian

Larry Stenswick

CEO, Enzo Nutraceuticals Pty Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Enzo Nutraceuticals manufactures dietary supplements products, based on a patented pine bark extract, called Enzogenol, which is distributed throughout the world. We were invited by one of key supporters to arrange an after dinner speaker for a class reunion for the Singapore Medical School. As he was the organiser of the event the success of the speaker would reflect on him. We contacted Dr Ian Gillam to develop and present this talk which was to intellectually interesting to a medical audience, as well as being entertaining, which is always a challenge. Ian crafted and exceptionally well-received talk on "Extreme Sports" by drawing on his experience in Australian Rules Football by linking this to his research on oxidative stress, with some usurped clips on action in AFL football. The organiser was effusive in his praise of Ian and his talk, that was pitched at just the right level for the audience and was especially pleased with the pace and humour in the talk. We would highly recommend Ian as a speaker.