EAGAN, Minn., Feb 24, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Wellmune WGP(R), a natural carbohydrate that activates key immune cells, reduced the incidence of cold-like symptoms and improved the psychological well-being of individuals with stressful lifestyles, reports a new study published in Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech. Wellmune WGP is a food, beverage and dietary supplement ingredient from Biothera.
It is scientifically well established that stress can decrease immune function, rendering individuals more susceptible to health challenges. Previous clinical studies demonstrated that Wellmune WGP reduced the severity and duration of upper respiratory tract infection symptoms (URTI) in physically stressed individuals as well as in non-stressed subjects.
In this double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, 150 people (45 men and 105 women; mean age 39 years, range 18-65 years) with moderate to highly stressful lifestyles consumed Wellmune WGP or a placebo each day for four weeks. The study measured both stress-related incidence of URTI symptoms (i.e. nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, cough, fatigue, headache, general malaise and body aches) and psychological well-being, including levels of vigor, tension, mental clarity and fatigue.
Physical Well-Being After two weeks, 32% of the subjects in the placebo group reported URTI symptoms, compared with only 10% in the group taking 250 mgs of Wellmune WGP. At four weeks, 28% of the placebo group reported URTI symptoms, compared with 8% in the group taking Wellmune WGP (p value <0.05).
Psychological Well-Being The Wellmune WGP group reported a 41% increase in general health when compared with the placebo group over the four-week study period. In comparison with the placebo group, the Wellmune WGP group reported statistically significant increases in vigor and reductions in fatigue (38%), tension (19%) and confusion (15%). (All reported data was p<0.05 vs. placebo.)
The psychological health assessment was obtained with a Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire, a validated psychometric test that measures six moods states (vigor, fatigue, tension, confusion, depression and anger) using 65 adjective-based intensity scales. The POMS profile has been used in more than 2,900 health studies.
"Everyone experiencing lifestyle stress arising from their careers, travel, relationships or other sources may benefit from Wellmune WGP and its ability to naturally enhance our immune systems," said Shawn Talbot, Ph.D., research director for GLH Nutrition, an independent research group that conducted the study for Biothera. "Wellmune WGP's activation of innate immune cells during stressful periods can bolster our weakened immune defenses."
About Wellmune WGP(R) Wellmune WGP is a natural ingredient that is clinically proven to enhance key immune cells that are the body's first line of defense. Designed for functional foods, beverages and supplements, Wellmune WGP strengthens innate immune cells to more quickly find and kill foreign challenges. Wellmune WGP also enhances the immune system to protect against the harmful effects of physical or lifestyle stress. Wellmune WGP is patented, GRAS, TGA-approved, Kosher, Halal, non-allergenic and GMO-free. The ingredient is recipient of an IFT Innovation Award and a Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Wellmune WGP is a product of Biothera, a U.S. biotechnology company dedicated to improving immune health. More information is available at www.wellmune.com.
About GLH Nutrition GLH Nutrition is an independent research & development organization that evaluates dietary supplements. These studies are presented at scientific conferences and appear in peer-reviewed journals and lay-audience publications. Through its educational website, SupplementWatch www.supplementwatch.com, GLH Nutrition educates consumers and health professionals about the pros and cons of choosing and using dietary supplements.