Pomegranate Extract and Inflammageing

  • End date
    Aug 31, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Manchester Metropolitan University
Updated on 3 April 2023
Accepts healthy volunteers


The growing ageing population has resulted in an increase in the prevalence of frailty, cognitive disorders and cardiovascular diseases, representing a major cause of disability in older adults. Inflammation has been suggested as a pivotal factor leading to these disorders and is exacerbated by obesity. Polyphenols are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that have been previously linked to a decrease in inflammation and cardiometabolic risk factors and an improvement in physical and cognitive function, yet research remain limited and inconclusive. This study aims to assess the effect of daily pomegranate extract supplementation on inflammatory response, cognitive and physical function and cardiometabolic risk factors in older adults. Seventy-one normal weight and overweight participants (60-70 years) will be assigned to consume either pomegranate extract capsules or placebo capsules for 12 weeks. Anthropometric measures (weight, height, waist circumference and hip circumference), body composition, blood pressure and a fasted venous blood sample will be collected during each visit at baseline, week 6 & week 12. Participants will also undergo computerised cognitive tests and physical function tests. Inflammatory markers, telomerase activity, serum glucose and lipid levels will be analysed. Diet diaries will be collected 3 times (at baseline, week 6 & week 12) during the intervention. This study will help elucidate the effects of pomegranate supplementation and inform future longitudinal trials looking at the combination of antioxidants and other lifestyle factors (such as physical activity) on the promotion of well-being and healthy ageing.


After signing an informed consent, participants will be asked to attend the Physiology Lab at Manchester Metropolitan University at baseline, week 6 and week 12. Anthropometric measures (weight, height, waist circumference and hip circumference) will be collected during each visit, and body composition will be measured using air displacement plethysmography (BOD POD®). Blood pressure will be measured 3 times after a 10-minute rest based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocol and a fasted venous blood sample (20 ml) will be collected. Participants will then undergo physical assessment tests (to assess isokinetic knee extension, isokinetic knee flexion, standing balance, gait speed, and chair sit to stand) and computerised cognitive tests (to assess executive function, memory, vigilance and attention).

Participants will also answer a general demographic and lifestyle questionnaire during the first visit. To control for changes in the diet, they will be asked to fill a paper-based 3-day food diary 3 times (at baseline, week 6 & week 12) during the intervention. Food diaries will be analysed using Nutritics (v.4) dietary analysis software.

Condition Aging
Treatment Control, Pomegranate extract
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05588479
SponsorManchester Metropolitan University
Last Modified on3 April 2023


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Inclusion Criteria

Age 60-70 years; Normal weight (BMI 18.5-24.9 Kg/m2) and overweight (BMI 25- 29.9 Kg/m2)
All genders; No diagnosed metabolic diseases

Exclusion Criteria

Participants who have been on a weight loss regimen over the past 2 months, those with
diagnosed chronic disease (diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), renal disease etc…) or
taking any medications that could modulate inflammation (statins etc..)
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