IT took 18 months for two Universiti Sains Malaysia researchers to clinically prove a multigrain oat formula beneficial to health.
Efforts of associate professor Dr Foo Keng Yuen and senior lecturer Dr Lee Lai Kuan were recognised when their research product won four awards in the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN) 2020.
The formula won the Gold Medal, Top Ten Best Invention, Best Invention Video and Jury’s Choice award during the competition on Aug 29 in Toronto.
“There are many multigrain products in the market with good testimonies from consumers, but few are clinically proven to really bring health benefits, ” said Dr Foo.
“Our 18-month research aimed at studying the potential of the multigrain formula against rheumatoid arthritis, a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints.
“We roped in 51 people aged between 21 and 74 years old to study and the result found the
formula with anti-inflammatory properties capable of relieving pain and numbness in them after three months of consumption.”
He said the formula of over 20 types of grain was carefully studied and blended in accordance to a specific ratio to achieve its optimum effectiveness.
“This is a fair study and certified by the Health Ministry.
“Throughout the trial, identities of the samples were not disclosed and the sponsor company made no contact at all with them, ” added Dr Foo.
The study which was sponsored by the company cost them RM161,120.
Both Dr Foo and Dr Lee’s efforts were recognised during a ceremony hosted by the manufacturing company held at a hotel in George Town recently.
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