Participants required for study on the dietary impact on inflammation after exercise

Strenuous or novel exercise can cause inflammation, which might impair recovery after exercise. This can hinder the individual’s ability to continue training at a high intensity in the subsequent days and even disrupt daily living if excessive (eg walking upstairs). This study is examining whether dietary polyphenols – small chemical compounds mostly found in plant foods - can lessen inflammation after exercise.

We are recruiting males and females, aged between 18 to 40 years old, to participate in this study. Eligible individuals should be recreationally active (at least 150 to 300 min moderate-intensity activity or 75–150 min of vigorous-intensity activity a week) and familiar with lower-body resistance training (no more than one lower-body resistance training session per week). We also ask that participants have not incurred a musculoskeletal injury for the past 6 months, are not currently on a specialized diet or any medication, do not have a known food allergy or have metabolic, inflammatory, vascular, renal disease.

In total, this study will require two separate visits to the National Centre of Sport and Exercise Medicine laboratories, with a total time commitment of 5 hours. Participants will be asked to consume a pre-made breakfast (containing chocolate!) and a supplement (curcumin or placebo) for four days. On the fourth day, participants will be asked to perform an eccentric exercise protocol consisting of 100 drop jumps and 50 squat jumps. Blood, urine, and blood pressure will be collected during this trial.

Upon successful completion of the study, participants will be awarded with a £60 Amazon voucher. This is in addition to a free full blood count and a three days' worth of tasty breakfast meals to consume at home. 

Details of how to take part

To get involved, please contact PhD candidates Josh Thorley or Abrar Alhebshi who can provide you with more details on the study: Influence of polyphenol administration on markers of exercise-induced oxidative stress and inflammation.