This study examined the effects of curcumin and fenugreek soluble fiber supplementation on the ventilatory threshold (VT) and peak oxygen consumption (VO2 peak). Methods: Forty-five untrained men and women were randomly assigned to one of three supplementation groups: placebo (PLA, n = 13), 500 mg·day−1 CurQfen® (CUR, n = 14), or 300 mg·day−1 fenugreek soluble fiber (FEN, n = 18). Participants completed a maximal graded exercise test on a cycle ergometer to determine the VT and VO2 peak before (PRE) and after (POST) 28 days of daily supplementation. Separate, one-way analyses of covariance (ANCOVAs) were used to examine the between-group differences for adjusted POST VT and VO2 peak values, covaried for the respective PRE-test values. Results: The adjusted POST VT VO2 values for the CUR (mean SD = 1.593 0.157 L·min−1) and FEN (1.597 0.157 L·min−1) groups were greater than (p = 0.039 and p = 0.025, respectively) the PLA (1.465 0.155 L·min−1) group, but the FEN and CUR groups were not different (p = 0.943). There were no differences in the adjusted VO2 peak values (F = 0.613, p = 0.547) among groups. Conclusion: These findings indicated that fenugreek soluble fiber was responsible for the improvements in the submaximal performance index for both CUR and FEN groups.
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The University of Kentucky Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion provided a student research award ($500).
Goh, Jensen; Menke, Walter; Herrick, Lauren P.; Campbell, Marilyn S.; Abel, Mark G.; Fleenor, Bradley S.; and Bergstrom, Haley C., "Examination of Curcumin and Fenugreek Soluble Fiber Supplementation on Submaximal and Maximal Aerobic Performance Indices" (2020). Kinesiology and Health Promotion Faculty Publications. 19.