Apple Extract Plus Ancient Peat May Increase Athletic Performance


FutureCeuticals’ ElevATP ingredient was found to significantly increase strength, power, and performance in adult men when combined with a structured resistance training program.

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ElevATP, a sports ingredient from FutureCeuticals (Momence, IL) that combines ancient peat with a proprietary apple extract, may significantly improve strength, power, and performance in adult males when taken during a resistance training program, new study results suggest.

ElevATP (stylized as elevATP) is already featured in many existing pre-workout products, with previous clinical studies indicating the ingredient may stimulate the production and release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) at a mitochondrial level, FutureCeuticals explained in the study announcement. In the new study, researchers were interested in looking more directly at the ingredient’s effect on athletic performance.

“We needed to take the next step, and provide evidence in a functional environment, that ElevATP supplementation really makes a difference in a variety of sports nutrition–related parameters,” said Andrew Wheeler, director of marketing for FutureCeuticals. “Endogenous ATP production and the associated healthy energy story are great marketing vehicles, but a valid functional outcome is always the gold standard. We can now provide that critical support to our partners.

ElevATP is water soluble, Non-GMO Project Verified, GRAS, vegan, and appropriate for delivery formats including beverages, gummies, capsules, gels, ready-to-mix beverages, and functional foods, FutureCeuticals said.


Study Details

For 12 weeks, 25 healthy, resistance-trained men with a mean age of 28 +/- 5 were randomized to consume 150 mg/day of ElevATP or a placebo. Over the same period, all subjects participated in supervised resistance training, consisting of daily undulating periodized training for the first eight weeks, followed by a two-week overreach phase and a two-week taper phase.

In terms of strength, researchers found that the 1-repetition-maximum squat and deadlift scores increased in the ElevATP group compared to the placebo group, leading researchers to conclude there was a significant increase in total strength. Additionally, vertical jump peak velocity and vertical jump peak power increased significantly in the experimental group compared to the control group.

“This is the first study examining the ergogenic potential of endogenous ATP enhancement with supplementation,” researchers concluded. “The proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extracts were capable of increasing lower body and total strength as well as lower body power output compared at an equal-volume, visually-identical placebo.”


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Michael Crane
Associate Editor
Nutritional Outlook Magazine


Joy JM et al., “Ancient peat and apple extracts supplementation may improve strength and power adaptations in resistance trained men,” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 16, no. 1 (July 2016): 224

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