Nominees are selected by Nutraingredients based on research that takes the nutrition sector to a new level of understanding
Verdure Sciences’ Longvida Optimized Curcumin has been nominated for University Research of the Year award by Nutraingredients for the study 'Effect of Curcumin on Cognitive Function and Mood in Healthy Older Humans,' performed at the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.
Nominees for the award are selected by Nutraingredients based on research that takes the nutrition sector to a new level of understanding – with clear potential for the development of market-changing new products.
The study was selected because the research was one of the first to show curcumin can improve brain function in healthy older adults. The data was published in the prestigious Journal of Psychopharmacology from a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial that showed that Longvida Optimized Curcumin improves cognitive function and mood.
'To be nominated for such an honour validates the passion that Verdure Sciences has for continuous research,' explained Ajay Patel, President and CEO of Verdure Sciences.
'Of course, I believe the nomination is an affirmation to the high level institutions that we work with to conduct our research, such as Swinburne. Collaborating with Swinburne University and fostering a strong scientific relationship has been a exceptional experience and we look forward to what the future holds,' he added.
The Swinburne study indicated that one hour after treatment with a single 400mg capsule of Longvida, participants in the Longvida group showed superior performance compared with the placebo group on validated tasks relating to attention and working memory (p<0.05).
In addition, 30-day supplementation improved measures of calmness, contentedness and fatigue versus the placebo (p<0.05 and p<0.01). The study included 60 participants, and no dropouts or side-effects were reported.
The authors suggested a possible mechanism by which the effects of Longvida to support energy were observed in less than one hour: 'Curcumin may help to combat fatigue by improving the maintenance of energy levels and ability to meet energy demands through its effects on mitochondrial function, AMP-activated protein kinase and glucose uptake and regulation,' commented investigator Dr Andrew Schloey.