The study, Deep Ocean Mineral (DOM) Supplementation Enhances the Cerebral Hemodynamic Response during Exercise and Decreases Inflammation Postexercise in Men at Two Age Levels, was published in Frontiers in Physiology on 12 December 2017.
Researchers conducted double-blind placebo-controlled studies in young and middle-aged men aged 21 to 48.
The study examined cerebral haemodynamic response, or blood redistribution, during physical exertion.
Participants were orally supplemented with DOM or a placebo in drinks before, during and after high-intensity cycling exercise.
The flow of blood to the brain was monitored by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).
The results suggest that DOM has great promise for improving the delivery of blood to the brain, and supporting post-exercise recovery, particularly in middle-aged men.
It observed significant increases in cerebral haemodynamic response during the DOM trial after 15 minutes of cycling.
“Vascular function naturally deteriorates during the normal ageing process, and is also impacted by oxidative stress,” said Michael Chernyak, President of CK Nutraceuticals.
“Although previous research has consistently demonstrated that DOM supplementation supports vascular function, muscle performance and exercise recovery, this new study helps to further substantiate DOM supplementation for sports nutrition applications.”
The DOM used in the study is manufactured by Pacific Deep Ocean Biotech (PDOB), and is distributed in North America by CK Nutraceuticals.
Using a proprietary, patented process developed by PDOB, DOM is extracted from desalinated minerals and trace elements from seawater collected approximately 200 m below the surface of the Earth.
It contains more than 70 minerals and trace elements. Science has demonstrated that the purity of ocean water at specific depths is unparalleled, and that the nutrient profile is vastly superior to that of surface water.
DOM has applications in sports nutrition formulas, RTD beverages, functional foods, meal replacement powders, mix-in powders and dietary supplements.