In a randomized, double-blind clinical trial of 142 healthy, active 18 - 50 year olds, Neumentix™ was shown to support reactive agility after 7 days of use and improve sustained attention after 30 days.
1. Reactive Agility
Benefits seen after 7 days:
Reaction and decision making was significantly faster after just 7 days of taking Neumentix™, compared to the group that used a placebo.
Reactive agility is associated with things like:
- Reaction and decision-making time
- Quick, unplanned change of speed or direction
- Quick reactions
Benefits seen after 30 days:
In the trial, results were assessed using a device (a Makoto II Arena) that tracked performance and agility using lights and tones on three audio-visual towers. Designed to be struck with hands or feet, reaction time was measured in the number of positive “hits” tracking both mental and physical performance.
- After 30 days, participants taking Neumentix™ had significantly better scores in the number of hits compared to those taking the placebo.
- With a 5% improvement in hits rate*, Neumentix™ was shown to help physical performance.
*Calculated as a change from pre-supplementation within the Neumentix™ group minus the change from pre-supplementation with the placebo group.
What is Reactive agility and how was it assessed?
Reactive agility is an essential part of sports performance where a person reacts quickly and efficiently to a stimulus, often at high speed (23-25). It’s the ability to make split second decisions in both a physical and a mental capacity determining which way to move and how fast (26).
Reactive agility in this study was assessed using a Makoto II Arena. This unique training device evaluates cognitive and physical performance measuring reaction time on a millisecond scale (27, 28). This is significant in the field of sport where a millisecond can make a difference to response and reaction times (29-31). But it’s not just the sports arena where this matters. Reaction time is also important in everyday activities like driving a car or crossing the road (32-35).
The Makoto device uses audio and visual cues to test reaction time, mental focus, concentration, hand-eye coordination and much more by combining exercises with the proven science of Sensory Integration Therapy.
2. Sustained attention
Improvements in sustained attention were noticeable after 30 days of taking Neumentix™ versus those taking the placebo and became even more pronounced after 90 days.
Those who supplemented with Neumentix™ were found to have an 11% improvement in sustained attention after 90 days as opposed to the placebo group who showed only a 1% increase after the same amount of time.
What is Sustained attention and how was it assessed?
Sustained attention is a key part of daily life and relates to the ability to focus and concentrate on a specific task over time without getting distracted (22). Failure to maintain this concentration can be as mundane as forgetting what you’ve just read or as critical as finding it difficult to pay attention while driving for long periods.
Sustained attention in this study was assessed using a cognitive battery test (CNS Vital Signs) originally developed for NASA to measure various brain functions (36). The test evaluates key cognitive abilities such as attention, memory and concentration through a series of questions and simple tasks.