Second cognitive study is a boost for French SOD firm

By Nicholas Robinson

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Stress already affects more than 30% of the world's population
Stress already affects more than 30% of the world's population
A dietary supplement made from dried cantaloupe melon juice has been clinically proven to reduce physical fatigue and stress, according to the French ingredients firm Bionov.

The firm, which is the largest producer of cantaloupe-derived superoxide dismutase orgotein (SOD), said a study recently published in the journal Nutrition​, proved that its product SOD Extramel delivered a significant reduction in stress, as well as physical fatigue, during trials.

In July 2010, the European Food Safety Authority authorised health claims pertaining to SOD’s antioxidant activity and properties, as well as its affect on mental state and performance.

This study is the second of two major studies particularly looking at the effects of SOD Extramel on cognitive health, a Bionov spokesman said.


The latest study will be used to target the 30% of the world’s population that suffers with stress and fatigue-derived mental disorders, he added.

In the study, researchers performed a double-blind placebo controlled test on 61 people. Stress was reduced by nearly 9% and physical fatigue by more than 9% in those taking part in the trial.

An improvement in cognitive performance of 14% was also recorded among the participants, after three months of taking SOD Extramel orally, said the spokesman. The two trials demonstrated SOD’s positive effect, he added.

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