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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2013, Vol. 11 ›› Issue (6): 384-388.doi: 10.3736/jintegrmed2013049

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Effect of a novel dietary supplement on pH levels of healthy volunteers: A pilot study

Stephen Douglas Antona,b(), Xiaomin Luc, Ginny Bankd, Kacey Heekina, Debbie Sahaa, Pamela J. DubyakbHeather Ann Hausenblase,f   

  1. a. Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA
    b. Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA
    c. Department of Biostatistics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610, USA
    d. RFI Ingredients, Blauvelt, New York 10913, USA
    e. Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA
    f. Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida 32211, USA
  • Received:2013-06-05 Accepted:2013-07-24 Online:2013-11-10 Published:2013-11-15

Objective

To examine the effects of a greens alkalizing dietary supplement on urinary pH levels in individuals with lower-than-average pH levels.


Methods

The present study investigated the effects of an alkalizing formula (Reserveage Wholeganic GreensTM) on four individuals who had average urinary pH levels below 6.0 for three consecutive days. Following the three-day, baseline period, participants received Reserveage Wholeganic GreensTM for four consecutive days and were instructed to continue to measure their urine pH levels. Paired samples t-tests were used to examine pH levels before and after a four-day treatment period with Reserveage Wholeganic GreensTM.


Results

Compared to baseline, mean urine pH levels in all volunteers were significantly higher following the supplementation with Reserveage Wholeganic GreensTM (5.89 ± 0.20 vs 5.56 ± 0.23; P<0.01). Participants’ pH levels were also significantly higher than baseline on days 5, 6, and 7 of the treatment period (P < 0.05). Noteworthy, on day 7, participants’ mean pH levels were significantly higher than at the beginning of the treatment period (6.03 ± 0.15 at day 7 vs 5.65 ± 0.24 at day 4; P < 0.01).


Conclusion

The findings of this study suggest that supplementation with Reserveage Wholeganic GreensTM has an alkalizing effect on the body and can increase the urine pH levels in individuals with lower-than-average pH levels.

Key words: Dietary supplements, Urinalysis, Acidosis, Pilot study

Figure 1

pH Measurements during and after supplementation with Reserveage Wholeganic GreensTM"

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