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Melon Extract May Naturally Reduce Stress and Fatigue

French researchers recently found that an antioxidant present in melons called superoxide dismutase (SOD) may provide a natural way to reduce stress and fatigue.

The antioxidant has been nicknamed "the enzyme of life" because it is the first antioxidant mobilized by cells to fight toxicity. It actually activates the body's production of its own antioxidants, making it more powerful than antioxidant vitamins.

The findings of the study were published in the September 2009 issue of the Nutrition Journal.

The researchers recruited 70 healthy volunteers between 30 and 55 years of age for the randomized, double blind, placebo controlled clinical study. All of the participants reported having daily stress and fatigue.

The participants received a daily supplement containing 140 international units of SOD or a placebo for 4 weeks.

Compared to the placebo group, participants taking the melon extract saw a 30% reduction in pain, a 22% reduction in irritability and a 38% reduction in sleep troubles.

They also had a 26% reduction in weariness and a slight improvement in general attitude and concentration.

The researchers are hopeful that studies with larger populations and longer durations will confirm the potential for antioxidants to reduce stress and fatigue among the general population.

Such findings would have far reaching implications because the melon extract appeared to have no adverse affects whereas many drugs and treatments for stress and fatigue often do.

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