Fish oil combo study confirms efficacy in pain and stiffness treatment in healthy adults

Stratum Nutrition and KD Pharma announce their recent partnership to develop a unique joint health formula combining Stratum's NEM brand eggshell membrane and KD Pharma's marine omega oils.

The combination product is being marketed as MOVE3 and sold in softgels via Stratum and KD's global sales forces.

Stratum and KD have agreed on a global exclusive to combine NEM and KD's marine fish oils. A recent study has been published evaluating the combination's joint pain and stiffness treatment after exercise.

The International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation recently published a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to evaluate whether the combination of NEM brand eggshell membrane and KD-Pür brand concentrated omega-3 EPA/DHA from fish oil (MOVE3) versus a placebo would reduce cartilage turnover and alleviate joint pain and/or stiffness immediately following exercise and 12 hours post exercise in 85 healthy men and women (40-75 years) who performed a step exercise regimen (40–100 steps per leg) on alternating days for 2 consecutive weeks.

MOVE3 produced statistically significant reductions in levels of CTX-II, a biomarker of cartilage degradation, versus the placebo after 1 and 2 weeks of exercise (-12.9% & -17.7%, respectively).

Compared with the placebo, MOVE3 supplementation also significantly relieved joint pain immediately after exercise (-28.6%, p=0.049) at 1 week, pain 12 hours after exercise (-46.7%, p=0.035) at 1 week, and stiffness 12 hours after exercise at 1 week (-40%, p= 0.042).

Use of a nutraceutical such as MOVE3 is a promising new approach for alleviating joint pain and stiffness associated with exercise.

"The body of science supporting exercise and recovery benefits for both omega-3 and NEM continues to grow, but this study is unique because it demonstrates benefits in healthy people consuming the MOVE3 formulation after they have exercised," said Adam Ismail, Chief Strategy Officer of the KD Pharma Group.

"For sports nutrition products, it is important that consumers be able to feel the benefit, and the fact that we saw a significant improvement compared with the placebo means the subjects not only felt the impact of MOVE3 but observed the effects in a rapid timeframe."

"Conducting this clinical trial in exercising healthy adults will allow brands to make label claims relating to joint pain and stiffness and even cartilage protection," added Kevin Ruff, PhD, MBA, Senior Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs for Stratum Nutrition.

"This is an additional benefit that MOVE3 provides beyond any other combination product on the market."

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