With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, there has been growing consumer demand for natural health products to support their immune system. One successful example of establishing evidence for a beneficial effect of a food ingredient in this health area has been reported recently, based on a proof-of-concept trial accomplished by a&r. In a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study in healthy subjects, bell pepper rhamnogalacturonan-I polysaccharides were shown to enhance innate immune responsiveness (a dose-dependent increase of phagocytosis by granulocytes was observed). To access the peer-reviewed publication in Nutrients, please click here.
Were you aware that a&r has a lot of experience with performing clinical trials in the domain of immune health, applying refined laboratory assessments tailored to the research question particularly relevant for a specific product? If you would like to learn more, please get in touch.