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Additional volunteers sought for research project

BOONE—Appalachian State University is seeking 500 individuals between the ages of 30-85 to participate in a study to determine the effectiveness of quercetin in reducing sickness from upper respiratory infections. Quercetin is a natural antioxidant derived from plants, such as red apples, red grapes and broccoli.

Researchers also hope to determine if the substance will reduce disease risk factors associated with high blood lipids, high blood pressure and oxidative stress.

Participants will be divided into groups and take either a placebo or a liquid quercetin supplement twice a day for 12 weeks. Participants won’t have to alter their dietary or exercise practices during the study. They will be asked to provide information about their current health status, such as age, height, weight, disease and risk factors, keep a daily wellness diary and have a blood sample drawn and blood pressure tested twice during the study.

Participants in the study also will take a computer-based test that will be used to measure memory, attention, alertness and planning functions. Researchers will also survey participants’ quality of life, anxiety and stress levels.

Those completing the study will receive $300 and results from an array of tests, including a lipid profile which measures cholesterol levels. Participants will submit blood samples, blood pressure measurements and participate in a 30-minute test to measure mental alertness and mood. Dates and times for the first test session will be 6:45-9 a.m., Aug. 26-30, and for the second test session, same times Nov. 18-22. Times and dates will be assigned upon entering the study.

To participate in the study, e-mail or call 828-262-3142 and state that you want to join the study. An e-mail will be returned with further information.