Research on inflammation among runners wins Research Project of Year

By Hank Schultz contact

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A well designed trial to measure the inflammatory response of half marathoners to Verdure Sciences’ Restoridyn sports nutriton ingredient caused NutraIngredients-USA’s judges to bestow the Research Project of the Year Award on the company.

“We are honored to receive the recognition and accolades on behalf of our research endeavors associated with Restoridyn. We are delighted that Restoridyn’s ability to promote adaptogenic support can be used in a tangible application; to get this kind of recognition is extremely rewarding for everyone involved. We would like to give special recognition to Dr. Brian McFarlin and his UNT team for their expertise and willingness to take on this complicated research project,”​ said Sonya Cropper, vice president of marketing for Verdure Sciences.

Restoridyn is a proprietary combination of dietary polyphenols derived from curcumin and pomegranate.  It consists of two already well characterized and well researched proprietary components:  Verdure’s Longvida curcumin extract and its Pomella pomegranate offering.

Product shown to cut short term inflammatory response

In a study published in the journal International Journal of Exercise Science ​Restoridyn was found to downregulate genes associated with an inflammatory response to heavy exercise.

“Combined curcumin and pomegranate extract supplementation altered expression of inflammation associated mRNA prior to and following a half marathon race. Based on these findings, it appears that curcumin and pomegranate extract supplementation may positively affect short-term inflammatory response and recovery in endurance athletes and recreationally active individuals participating in half marathon races,”​ the authors wrote.

Verdure wrote in its entry that the goal of the research project was to investigate how the product can be used to improve the health of recreationally activity individuals, with the goal to make exercise easier for a broader segment of the population. One of the easiest ways to reduce global healthcare cost is by increasing physical activity and reducing body weight. 

Verdure said many large scale studies have found that physically active runners spend on average $2,500 less in health care costs, relating mostly to a lower cardiovascular disease burden.  The company said Restoridyn has the potential to play a key role in promoting easier physical activity by lessening the soreness associated with exercise to extend these benefits to as large a segment of the population as possible.

The company’s research project, which was conducted by a team at the Univerisity of North Texas, was also desgined to test different dosages of the product. The aim was to validate the effectiveness of the product when giving end users dosing flexibility.  In other words, more product can be used in connection with harder efforts.

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