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Compound Found in Melon Could Help Relieve Stress, Fatigue

by VR Sreeraman on September 16, 2009 at 5:53 PM
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 Compound Found in Melon Could Help Relieve Stress, Fatigue

A dietary ingredient derived from a melon, which is rich in antioxidant superoxide dismutase enzymes, could relieve stress, according to a study.

In the double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial, researchers found that the supplement decreased the signs and symptoms of perceived stress and fatigue in healthy volunteers.

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For the study, Marie-Anne Milesi from Seppic, France, worked with a team of researchers to evaluate its anti-stress effects in 70 volunteers.

"Several studies have shown that there is a link between psychological stress and intracellular oxidative stress. We wanted to test whether augmenting the body's ability to deal with oxidative species might help a person's ability to resist burnout. The 35 people in our study who received capsules containing superoxide dismutase showed improvement in several signs and symptoms of perceived stress and fatigue," she said.
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Volunteers who received inactive starch capsules showed a strong placebo effect.

However, the improvements seen in the supplement group were significantly greater, especially after 28 days.

"The placebo effect was only present during the first 7 days of supplementation and not beyond. It will be interesting to confirm these effects and better understand the action of antioxidants on stress in further studies with a larger number of volunteers and a longer duration," said Milesi.

The study has been published in BioMed Central's open access Nutrition Journal.

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