Branded Melon Ingredient Aids Athletes

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Morristown, NJ—A sports nutrition ingredient (GliSODin) distributed by P.L. Thomas, based here, was the subject of recent sports nutrition research published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Nineteen rowers were given 500 mg of the branded melon extract or a placebo daily for six weeks. It was hypothesized that supplementation with this superoxide dismutase (SOD)-rich ingredient would limit oxidative stress, muscle injury and inflammation response from intense exercise. Analysis of blood samples determined that SOD activity (which promotes antioxidant status) was “significantly higher” after supplementation and C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) was “significantly lower.” Thus, the authors concluded, “supplementation with an extract rich in SOD activity promoted antioxidant status and protected against increased inflammation in the serum of professional rowers but had no effect on oxidative damage induced by exhaustive exercise.”

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, September 2011 (online 7/20/11)