The purpose of this study was to research the effects of downhill running and short-time Mellissa Officinalis supplementation on the blood elements in male athletes. For this purpose reason, 20 healthy male swimmers were chosen randomly and were divided into two groups of 10 members. The amount of hemoglobin, hematocrit and leukocytes was measured in the basic level, before and after supplementation. After data collection, the variance analysis test was done for evaluation of time series and also Bonferroni test and the independent t-test were used significantly for evaluation of the differences among groups. Also, the significant level of p<0.05 was used. Evaluation of research findings has shown that after supplementation the blood elements increased less in the group of Mellissa Officinalis L than the other group as a result of downhill running. In general, we conclude that this herbal supplement can decrease the hemoglobin, hematocrit and leukocytes caused by downhill running.
Mellisa Officinalis L, hemoglobin, hematocrit, leukocytes, delayed soreness, downhill running.
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