New Enriched Black Tea Extract to Increase Physical Performance and Reduce Recovery Time from Intense Exercise

Subjects had higher average power and peak power of 9 repeated sprint intervals in the black tea extract (BTE) supplementation group as compared to the placebo (no BTE supplementation) group (PLA).


Invention Summary:

Rutgers scientists have identified a new, high-potency black tea extract composition that enhances physical performance. This composition contains a physiologically acceptable carrier and a ployphenol-enriched tea extract.

Human clinical trials involving supplementation with the enriched black tea extract found increased baseline antioxidant status, improved hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis ("the stress response") recovery, greater average peak power and average mean power across nine Wingate Anaerobic Test intervals, and lowered delayed onset muscle soreness ratings 24 and 48 hours after anaerobic exercise in test subjects. In other words, subjects were able to do more work with less physiological stress and with faster recovery. Importantly, the supplement still allowed the physiological respnses necessary for maximal training adaptation to take place, but it helped subjects recover from those effects at an accelerated rate.

Market Application:

  • Sports drinks/nutrition
  • Supplements
  • Fitness
  • Energy drinks/bars

Advantages:

  • Natural, safe to use product as evidenced by human studies
  • No known side effect/toxicity associated
  • The enriched extract can be obtained using quick and inexpensive extraction methods
  • Could be used by itself or in combination with other supplements
  • Very favorable cost / benefit ratio; Economical
  • Faster recovery from high-intensity exercise
  • Increased workload during training with lower physiological strain
  • Improved clearance of cortisol
  • Decreased muscle soreness following training
  • Important application for athletes who train or compete on multiple consecutive days
  • Claims based on university-conducted and peer-reviewed published research

Intellectual Property & Development Status:

  • US Patent 8,563,047 and several US and Foreign Patent Applications pending
  • Available for licensing and/or research collaboration
Rutgers ID: 2009-068
Category(s):
Agriculture
Food, Nutrition and Nutraceuticals
Contact:
Deborah Perez
Senior Licensing Manager
848-932-4467
deborah.perez@rutgers.edu
Inventors:
Shawn Arent
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