Michael Roberts, School of Kinesiology associate professor and director of the Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory, was recently awarded $77,632 from Compound Solutions for a study on nutritional supplements. Compound Solutions represents and distributes unique, patented nutraceutical ingredients that improve the health and performance of individuals.
Roberts’ contract with Compound Solutions is for two studies.
“In the first study, we will examine how novel nutritional supplements affect post-meal blood sugar and insulin levels,” he said. “The second study will examine how a supplement (termed ‘adaptogens’) affects workout performance in the gym.”
Roberts explained that there isn’t much scientific data on these nutritional supplements.
For those who use various supplements as part of their health and wellness routine, Roberts’ studies could narrow down which supplements are best.
“The sponsor of this funding has a mission to scientifically validate or invalidate ingredients in order to ensure consumers are obtaining quality nutritional supplements.”
The Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory’s research focuses on how nutrition and exercise affect the molecular environment of muscle and fat tissues; how aging affects the genetic architecture of skeletal muscle; and how weight training affects the intra-muscle cell adaptations.