New study results suggest a yogurt containing Mobilee may improve knee strength in men suffering from medium knee pain.
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Joint-health ingredient Mobilee may improve muscle strength in men suffering from knee pain, according to new study results announced by manufacturer Bioiberica (Barcelona, Spain).
Researchers in Spain conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 80 volunteers who reported suffering from mild knee pain for at least six months. Half of the participants received a low-fat yogurt supplemented with 80 mg/day of Mobilee, while the remaining half of participants consumed the same yogurt without Mobilee. Participants had a mean age of 42.52 years (SD+/- 13.16 years) and followed the regimen for 12 weeks.
At the conclusion of the trial, participant knee muscle strength was evaluated using an isokinetic dynamometer. Compared to the control group, men that consumed yogurt supplemented with Mobilee demonstrated increased affected knee peak torque, total work, and mean power at 180 degrees. The improvement to muscle strength was especially significant in men over the age of 50, according to Bioiberica.
Researchers concluded that “these results suggest that long-term consumption of low-fat yogurt supplement with RCE [Mobilee] could be a dietary tool to improve muscle strength in men, with attendant possible clinical significance.”
Mobilee is a proprietary ingredient of Bioiberica that contains a mixture of hyaluronic acid, polysaccharides, and collagen. Bioiberica says the results of this latest study build on previous research suggesting Mobilee may be an effective ingredient for improved joint health.
“In all of the studies we have conducted, we have seen that Mobilee improved the mechanical and muscle function of the joint and reduced pain in people with knee discomfort,” says Daniel Martinez, R&D director, human health, Bioiberica.
Different Result for Women
Of the 80 volunteers who participated in the trial, 50 were women. However, researchers did not observe a similar increase in muscle strength in the women as was seen in the men. The researchers hypothesized that Mobilee’s effects may differ by gender due to hormonal differences or average muscle strength differences between men and women.
They conceded that “further studies are needed to elucidate reasons for these sex difference responses observed, and may provide further insight into muscle function.”
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SolÃ R et al., “A low-fat yoghurt supplemented with a rooster comb extract on muscle joint function in adults with mild knee pain: a randomized, double blind, parallel, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of efficacy,” Food & Function. Published online August 24, 2015.