Are you looking for a sustainable and natural way to improve your exercise performance? According to a recent study led by nutrition researchers at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), olive fruit water, a by-product typically discarded during olive oil production, could have exercise benefits.
What is Olive Fruit Water?
Olive fruit water is a waste product derived from the production of olive oil. It contains polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. OliPhenolia, a commercially available olive fruit water product, is particularly rich in hydroxytyrosol and contains several phenolic compounds.
The Study: Benefits of Olive Fruit Water on Running Performance
The study involved 29 recreationally active participants who consumed either OliPhenolia or a placebo, matched for taste and appearance, over 16 consecutive days. The results found that OliPhenolia consumption improved several key markers of running performance, including respiratory parameters at the onset of exercise, oxygen consumption, and running economy at lower levels of intensity.
How Does Olive Fruit Water Improve Exercise Performance?
Hydroxytyrosol, found in both olive oil and olive fruit water, has been associated with improved exercise performance in previous research. However, the study by ARU is the first to examine the benefits of natural olive fruit water for people who exercise.
The researchers found that the consumption of OliPhenolia improved respiratory parameters at the onset of exercise, reduced oxygen cost, and improved running economy. Additionally, it also improved acute recovery following incremental exercise.
Why is Olive Fruit Water a Sustainable Option for Exercise Benefits?
Unlike other sources of polyphenols, such as cherries or beetroot, consuming large quantities of olives daily for similar benefits isn’t realistic. Olive fruit water, however, is a sustainable by-product of olive oil production that is typically thrown away. The researchers found a company in Italy, Fattoria La Vialla, which turns this waste water into a dietary supplement.
Future Research and Potential Applications
The researchers are now looking to corroborate these findings with further research at ARU. Additionally, they are also investigating whether OliPhenolia can be used for marathon training and recovery, as well as its effectiveness in suppressing inflammation associated with exercise.
The study by ARU suggests that consuming OliPhenolia, a concentrated olive fruit water, can have a positive influence on aerobic exercise, particularly at submaximal levels. This natural and sustainable option could be a valuable addition to your exercise routine.
Rahul is a sports and performance consultant. Over the course of his 15-year career in the fitness sector, he has held positions as a strength and conditioning instructor, gym owner, and consultant.
He is deeply committed to assisting people in finding happiness and feeling good about themselves.
Rahul has a master’s degree in exercise science and is a certified NSCA CSCS and CISSN.