Smokers, overweight persons can participate in
University of South Carolina researchers are seeking participants for
a study to measure the effectiveness of an over-the-counter dietary
supplement in reducing chronic inflammation.
Dr. Lorne Hofseth
Principal investigator is Dr. Lorne Hofseth, an assistant professor
in the College of Pharmacy. He is collaborating with Dr. James Hebert,
director of the Arnold School's Cancer Prevention and Control Program.
The focus of the study is Juice Plus+ a non-prescription antioxidant
containing concentrated fruit and vegetable juice extracts fortified
with vitamins and nutrients.
Antioxidants, found naturally in fresh fruits and vegetables, have
been promoted for their ability to enhance health. The study will test
whether antioxidants also lower inflammation, which can lead to cancer,
heart disease and diabetes over time.
"Chronic inflammation often has no symptoms—you can have an
inflammatory load and not feel it—but it's a risk factor for many
diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and heart disease,"
Hofseth said. "A lot of people are turning to complementary and
alternative medicines; our lab is looking at the molecular level to see
what these drugs actually do."
Project Coordinator Brook Harmon said researchers want to recruit 150
healthy men and women, including those who smoke or are overweight.
Interested persons ages 22 to 55 are invited to ask about their
eligibility to participate.
"We are looking for men and women who do not currently have any
inflammatory conditions, heart disease, arthritis, a diagnosis of
cancer, etc," she said. "We are currently recruiting for our last wave,
which will occur March-May 2008."
Those who join the study will receive $50 in gift cards, a four-month
supply of supplements ($150 value), and their results of the two-month
For more information about the study, call 803-734-4432 or 0226;