Previous Research

The effect of an orally‐dosed Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract (ActivAMP®) on body composition in overweight, adult men and women: A double‐blind, randomised, placebo‐ controlled study.  Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Article, 2021 July. Amanda Rao, Paul Clayton, David Briskey. Download Summary HERE.

The effect of an orally‐dosed Caralluma Fimbriata extract on appetite control and body composition in overweight adults. Scientific Reports, 2021 March. Amanda Rao, David Briskey, Carla dos Reis, Alistair R. Mallard. Download Summary HERE.

Palmitoylethanolamide for sleep disturbance. A double‑blind, randomised, placebo‑controlled interventional study. Sleep Science and Practice, 2021 September. Amanda Rao, Philippa Ebelt, Alistair Mallard, David Briskey. Download Summary HERE.

The Effect of a Dispersible Palmitoylethanolamide (Levagen+) Compared to a Placebo for Reducing Joint Pain in an Adult Population – A Randomised, Double-Blind Study. International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, 2021 February. David Briskey, Georgia Rochem Amanda Rao. Download Summary HERE.

The Effect of a Dispersible Palmitoylethanolamide (Levagen+) Compared to a Placebo for Reducing Joint Pain in an Adult Population-A Randomised, Double-Blind Study. International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. 2021 Feb;10 (1):9-13. David Briskey, Georgia Roche, Amanda Rao. Download Summary HERE.

Trans-Resveratrol Oral Bioavailability in Humans Using LipiSperse™️ Dispersion Technology. Pharmaceutics. 2020 Dec;12(12):1190. David Briskey, Amanda Rao. 

A self-emulsifying Omega-3 ethyl ester formulation (AquaCelle) significantly improves eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acid bioavailability in healthy adults. European Journal of Nutrition. 2020 Sep;59(6):2729-2737. Kristen E Bremmell, David Briskey, Tahlia R Meola, Alistair Mallard, Clive A Prestidge, Amanda Rao.

Curcumin Improves Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and Postexercise Lactate Accumulation.  Journal of Dietary Supplements. 2020 Jul 24:1-12. Alistair Mallard, David Briskey, Andrew Richards, Amanda Rao.

Omega-3 Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) Rich Extract from the Microalga Nannochloropsis Decreases Cholesterol in Healthy Individuals: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Three-Month Supplementation Study. Nutrients. 2020 Jun;12(6):1869. Amanda Rao, David Briskey, Jakob O Nalley, Eneko Ganuza. Download Summary HERE.

Increased Absorption of Palmitoylethanolamide Using a Novel Dispersion Technology System (LipiSperse).  Journal of Nutraceuticals and  Food Science. 2020 April; 5(2):3. David Briskey, Alistair R Mallard, Amanda Rao.

The effect of Trigonella foenum-graecum extract on prostate-specific antigen, and prostate function in otherwise healthy men with benign prostate hyperplasia.  Phytother Res. 2020 Mar;34(3):634-639. Amanda Rao, Ross Grant.

Testofen ® (Fenugreek extract) increases strength and muscle mass compared to placebo in response to calisthenics. A randomised control trial. Transl Sports Med. 2020 Mar;3(4):374-380. Amanda J Rao, Alistair R Mallard, Ross Grant. Download Summary HERE.

The Effect of Orally Dosed Levagen+™ (palmitoylethanolamide) on Exercise Recovery in Healthy Males-A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Nutrients. 2020 Feb;12 (3):596. Alistair Mallard, David Briskey, Dean Mills, Amanda Rao. Download Summary HERE.

Bioaccessibility and Pharmacokinetics of a Commercial Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) Extract. Hindawi. Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine. 2020 Jan.  Paula Almodóvar, David Briskey, Amanda Rao, Marín Prodanov, Antonio M. Inarejos-García.

The impact of micelle size and increased absorption of ubiquinone using a novel delivery system (AquaCelle). International Journal of Pharmacokinetics. September 2019 (Epub ahead of print) David Briskey, Andrew T Sax, Alistair R Mallard, Charlie Ng & Amanda Rao.

Increased bioavailability of curcumin using a novel dispersion technology system (LipiSperse®). European Journal Nutrition. 2019 Aug;58(5):2087-2097. Briskey D, Sax A, Mallard AR, Rao A.

A randomised placebo controlled clinical trial on the efficacy of Caralluma fimbriata supplement for reducing anxiety and stress in healthy adults over eight weeks. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2019 Mar 1;246:619-626. Kell G, Rao A, Katsikitis M. 

Affron® A Novel Saffron Extract (Crocus Sativus L.) Improves Mood And Sleep Quality in Healthy Adults Over 4 Weeks In A Double-Blind, Parallel, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Dose Dependent Clinical Trial.  Complementary Therapies in Medicine Volume 33, August 2017, pp58-64. Kell G, Rao A, Beccaria G, Clayton P, Inarejos-Garcia AM, Prodanov M.

Testofen, a specialised Trigonella foenum-graecum seed extract reduces age-related symptoms of androgen decrease, increases testosterone levels and improves sexual function in healthy aging males in a double-blind randomised clinical study. The Aging Male. 2016 Jun;19(2):134-42. Epub 2016 Jan 20. Rao A, Steels E, Inder WJ, Abraham S, Vitetta L.

Influence of a Specialized Trigonella foenum-graecum Seed Extract (Libifem), on Testosterone, Estradiol and Sexual Function in Healthy Menstruating Women, a Randomised Placebo Controlled Study. Phytotherapy Research 24 Apr 2015. Rao A, Steels E, Beccaria G, Inder W, Vitetta L.

A phase II randomised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating the efficacy and safety of ProstateEZE Max: a herbal medicine preparation for the management of symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy.  Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2013 Jun;21(3):172-9. Epub 2013 Feb 23. Coulson S, Rao A, Beck SL, Steels E, Gramotnev H, Vitetta L.

Physiological aspects of male libido enhanced by standardized Trigonella foenum-graecum extract and mineral formulation. Phytotherapy Research. 2011 Feb 2010. Steels E, Rao A, Vitetta L.

The effect of a natural transdermal preparation in the treatment of symptoms associated with menopause. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 01/2010; 8(4):531-532. AJ Rao, E Steels, TA Seipel. 

The use of a herbal tablet in the treatment of symptoms of incontinence. Continence Journal of Australia, 2002. Steels E, Seipel T, Rao A. 

The use of a herbal and essential oil transdermal preparation in the treatment of symptoms of incontinence. Continence Journal of Australia, 2001. Steels E, Seipel T, Rao A.

Curcumin improves delayed onset muscle soreness and post-exercise lactate accumulation. Alistair Mallard, Andrew Richards, David Briskey, Amanda Rao. Cell Symposia- Exercise Metabolism, Sitges Spain May, 2019.

2nd Nutraceutical and Functional Food Asia Pacific Summit and Exhibition July 2017
Presented by: Amanda Rao
Science of Healthy Ageing

Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, May 2016
AquaCelle technology increasing bioavailability

Ingredient Launchpad, Supplyside West, Las Vegas, October 2015

Presented by: Amanda Rao
Affron a new Saffron extract for improving mood, anxiety, depression and stress.

Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, May 2015 & Ingredient Launchpad, Supplyside West, Las Vegas, October 2015
Presented by: Paul Clayton, Amanda Rao
No country for old Men, Testofen for symptoms of Ageing Male Syndrome.

International Conferene on Medicinal Plants and Herbal Drugs for Human Welfare, Chennai, India Jan, 2015.
Presented by: Amanda Rao
Clinical research scenarios for herbal medicine.

North American Menopause Society (NAMS) conference, Washington DC, USA, October 2014.
Presented by: Amanda Rao
Influence of a specialized Trigonella foenum-graecum seed extract (Libifem), on testosterone, estradiol and sexual function – a randomized placebo controlled study. Poster presentation.

ExpoWest, Anaheim USA 2013.
Presented by: Paul Clayton, Amanda Rao
Herbal solutions for increasing sexual function.

21st European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, Prague, 2012.
Presented by: Amanda Rao
Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka) essential oil – Evidence for anti-bacterial activity an a topical treatment of acute herpes labialise outbreaks.

Supplyside West, Las Vegas 2009.
Presented by: Amanda Rao
Male Libido Enhanced by Testofen.

Orkney Science Festival, Scotland 2004.
Presented by: Amanda Rao
Challenges of Research in Complementary Medicines.

Royal College of Physicians, London. November 2003.
Presented by: Amanda Rao
Use of natural preparation (Biogest) in the treatment of symptoms associated with menopause.