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Ārepa’s brain drink boosts performance and fights against pollution fatigue

A new study released this week from the University of Auckland shows consuming Ārepa keeps athletes performing at their peak for longer in poor air quality conditions.

Published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, the study looked at whether it was possible to neutralise the effects of polluted air on high-performing athletes.

The study found that consuming Ārepa daily, prior to undertaking high-stress exercise in poor-quality air, reduced some of the detrimental effects of the pollution. Athletes performed as if they were in a non-polluted environment.

Lead researcher Lillian Morton says this finding shows potential to benefit competitive athletes competing in hot and polluted environments.

The study was conducted in 2020 on competitive-level cyclists in a closed chamber which mimicked an environment with ‘unacceptable air quality’ by filling it with ozone. Ozone is the compound in polluted air which can harm lung function and limit exercise performance.

Cyclists experienced reduced coughing and performed at a level as if no ozone was present after taking a seven-day course of Ārepa’s polyphenol-rich formula compared to placebo. On average they also shaved 20 seconds off a four km cycle sprint vs cycling in the same ozone-heavy environment but with the placebo.

Overall, results showed that when cyclists took the seven-day Ārepa supplementation they experienced higher peaks of performance and experienced slower declines in performance than when they had placebo.

Morton says she thinks these results come down to the polyphenols that are found in Ārepa’s specially sourced ‘neuroberry’ blackcurrants.

“Polyphenols are a compound rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties known to have health benefits, but have also been shown to have positive effects on respiratory symptoms and respiratory decline. Blackcurrants happen to have high levels of polyphenols,” she says.

The study, funded by High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge, aimed to determine the effects of a high-polyphenol supplement on respiratory function in active individuals. Ārepa’s formula is made from a high dose of ‘neuroberry’ blackcurrant and is therefore high in polyphenols.

“I know how badly pollution can affect both athletes and everyday people who exercise, and wanted to find if there was a way we could negate those effects using polyphenols, it made sense to use Ārepa as a readily-available formula high in polyphenols,” she says.

Morton was surprised to see a measurable impact. “The difference between the performance and blood work of the study’s participants who took the seven-day course of Ārepa vs those who took the placebo was pretty amazing. The study would need to be replicated, but if the results hold true then we may have an accessible way to counter the effect of pollution on an athlete’s performance,” she says.

Ārepa co-founder Angus Brown says these findings add yet another dimension to Ārepa and its scientifically proven benefits.

“This study is the second piece of research published in an internationally reputed journal which shows the positive effect of consuming Ārepa, and we have twelve more clinical studies currently in progress across Australia and New Zealand,” he says.

Brown says science and research is at the heart of Ārepa.

“Ārepa exists to make brains work better and our focus has always been to achieve this goal by proving it through peer-reviewed research. The positive results of this study which show how Ārepa can protect against the impact of pollution is just another proof point to why Ārepa is the top choice for improving your performance,” he says.

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