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The objective of this double-blind, parallel, randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial is to evaluate the effects of consumption of polyphenol-rich cranberry extract standardized in PACs (36 mg PACs/capsule) on cardiometabolic and neurocognitive health in women and men presenting abdominal obesity over an 8-week intervention period. The study will be conducted at Quebec Heart and Lung Institute - Laval University. The study will involve a total of 60 adult men and women presenting abdominal obesity. Included participants will be randomly assigned to the consumption of a cranberry extract or a placebo at a rate of one capsule per day for 8 weeks (56 days). The main outcomes are changes in metabolic profile, neurocognitive performance as well as brain structure and function following polyphenol-rich cranberry extract standardized in PACs compared with the placebo.


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Background : Abdominal obesity is associated with impaired cognitive function and increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases. The metabolic disorders associated with obesity may lead to alterations in brain function and structure, explaining the link between obesity and some cognitive dysfunction. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies show that obese individuals are characterized by gray matter atrophy in brain regions involved in self-control. Atrophy and alteration of white matter fibers have also been observed in these individuals. However, the mechanisms explaining these changes are not yet elucidated. It has been suggested that metabolic and inflammatory alterations associated with abdominal obesity may lead to these brain alterations. It is well known that dietary intake influences the composition and diversity of the gut microbiota and that its disruption plays a central role in the development of obesity, chronic low-grade inflammation, insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease. Some studies have reported improvements in blood pressure, lipid profile, glucose homeostasis, endothelial function, arterial stiffness and inflammation following cranberry consumption, but others found no significant changes. A recent meta-analysis reported that taking a polyphenol-rich supplement is associated with improved cognitive function in young adults. Although the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of polyphenols on brain function and cognition remain to be elucidated, some studies suggest that these effects may be associated with their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and their possible effect on the cerebrovascular system. To our knowledge, there are no randomized controlled studies that have evaluated the effects of polyphenol-rich cranberry extract standardized in PACs on neurometabolic and neurocognitive functions in participants with abdominal obesity. Objectives and Hypothesis: The objective of this double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial is to evaluate the effects of consumption of polyphenol-rich cranberry extract standardized in PACs (36 mg PACs/capsule) on cardiometabolic and neurocognitive health in abdominally obese women and men over an 8-week period. The overall hypothesis is that standardized extract of PACs from cranberry improves the metabolic profiles in abdominally obese individuals and this will have a beneficial impact on brain and neurocognitive functions. Methodology: Sixty men and women with a BMI between 30 and 40 kg/m2 and an altered blood lipid profile (triglycerides) will be recruited at the IUCPQ-Université Laval via social networks and Laval University's recall lists. The study will include 3 visits to the IUCPQ-Université Laval as well as the consumption of a cranberry extract or a placebo at a rate of one capsule per day for 8 weeks (56 days). The eligibility visit (V1) consists of completing a medical history questionnaire, and anthropometric and fasting blood lipid measurements. Individuals eligible to participate will then be invited to 2 identical visits at the IUCPQ-Université Laval (V2 and V3). At visit 2, cognitive tasks, anthropometric measurements, blood pressure, MRI (Philips 3T) and a pan-body DXA will be performed in all participants. Cognitive function will be measured using a battery of validated neurocognitive tasks. On the morning of each MRI session, fasting blood samples will be collected. Stool samples will be collected by participants prior to each visit 2 and 3 to measure microbiota composition. Following visit 2, participants will leave with capsules of cranberry extract containing 36 mg of PACS or a placebo (double-blind randomization) and will be asked to consume one capsule per day for 56 consecutive days. They will return for the 3rd visit (identical to V2) 8 weeks after starting the supplements. Dietary and physical activity questionnaires will also be completed online before visits 2 and 3. At the beginning of the visits, any changes in the participant's health condition and use of medications and natural health products will be documented. A follow-up phone call will be scheduled with each participant on day 28 of the intervention to ensure that the intervention is going well. Adverse events related to supplementation will be documented. An end-of-study questionnaire will be completed by the participant at the last visit (V3) to confirm study blinding. Participants will be asked to report the remaining capsules at the last visit (V3), which will allow assessment of compliance with the intervention. ;


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NCT number NCT05062954
Study type Interventional
Source Laval University
Contact Andréanne Michaud, PhD
Phone 418-656-8711
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase Phase 1
Start date September 2021
Completion date August 2023

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