Research Article
Volume 15 Issue 6 - 2020
Physical, Psychological, and Biochemical Effects of Palm Fruit Bioactive complex (PFBc) (Elaeis guineensis)
Susan Hewlings1,3* and Douglas Kalman2,3
1Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Central Michigan University, USA
2College of Health Care Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, USA
3Nutrasource Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Services, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
*Corresponding Author: Susan Hewlings, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Central Michigan University, USA and Nutrasource Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Services, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Received: January 18, 2020; Published: May 18, 2020


  Palm Fruit Bioactive complex (PFBc) has demonstrated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it was the purpose of this pilot, exploratory randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to investigate the effects of three doses of PFBc (0 mg/Placebo, 250 mg, 500 mg and 1,000 mg/day) taken for 30 days on measures of physiology, mood state, cellular damage, and gut microbiome status in healthy physically active adults. PFBc enhanced antioxidant capacity (cORP) at rest for all three doses tested over the initial 30 days, (250 mg: from 0.36 to 1.85; (p = .026), 500 mg from 0.27 to 1.09 (p = 0.010) and 1000 mg from 0.49 to 1.67 (p = 0.005), while there was no effect of placebo at rest. Two doses of the PFB trended towards enhancing antioxidant capacity after stressful exercise (500 mg from 1.1 to 2.8 (p = 0.64) and 1000 mg 1.67 to 2.91 (p = 0.058), while there was no effect for placebo (p = 0.320) or for the 250 mg PFB (p = 0.928). There were no other statistically significant results. All doses were safe and well-tolerated. PFBc has antioxidant and other physiologic impacts that are apparent at rest and after physical stress, continued research and development are warranted.

Keywords: Palm Fruit Bioactive Complex; Antioxidant; Anti-inflammatory; Polyphenols; Elaeis guineensis


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Citation: Susan Hewlings and Douglas Kalman. “Physical, Psychological, and Biochemical Effects of Palm Fruit Bioactive complex (PFBc) (Elaeis guineensis)”. EC Nursing and Healthcare 15.6 (2020): 57-65.

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