Previous Research

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. David Briskey, Georgia Roche, Amanda Rao. 2021 Feb;10 (1):9-13

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

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

Curcumin Improves Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and Postexercise Lactate Accumulation. Alistair Mallard, David Briskey, Andrew Richards, Amanda Rao. J Diet Suppl. 2020 Jul 24:1-12.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Aging Male. 2016 Jun;19(2):134-42. doi: 10.3109/13685538.2015.1135323. 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, DOI: 10.1002/ptr.5355 Rao A, Steels E, Beccaria G, Inder W, Vitetta L. 2015

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.  Complement Ther Med. 2013 Jun;21(3):172-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.01.007.  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. Phytother Res. 2011 Feb 10. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3360. 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. DOI:10.1111/j.2042-7166.2003.tb04058.x. 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 symptomsof 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.