Melon-Derived Antioxidant Shown To Improve Cognitive Performance and Reduce Fatigue
A recent study suggests that taking a special French melon extract high in the antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD) may lower stress and fatigue levels and also improve cognitive performance.
Participants in the study included 61 volunteers who were given either a placebo or 10mg of the melon extract which contained 140 IU of f SOD, daily. The researchers tested all of the participants before the supplementation period started, 28 days after the start, and again 84 days after.
The researchers found that the SOD supplement group had an 8.8% reduction in stress, a 9.4% reduction in physical fatigue, a 13.9% improvement in cognitive performance, and a 6.4% improvement in overall life quality.
The researchers theorized that the positive effects of SOD from the melon extract may be due to the increased antioxidant activity it produces and subsequent reduction of oxidative stress.
Researchers from Bionov Company and Lariboisiere Hospital in France conducted the study. It was published on June 19, 2014, in the journal Nutrients.
Previous studies have found that melon-derived superoxide dismutase may help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), lower internal inflammation, and reduce pain associated with conditions like arthritis.
While the extract comes from melon, you need to take the hyper-concentrated supplement version in order to get the full health benefits.