Investigation of the Acute and Chronic Cognitive and Mood Effects of CP9700 in Humans

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Cognitive Function


Dietary Supplement: Matched Placebo
Dietary Supplement: CP9700

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


This acute-on-chronic study will examine the effectiveness of CP9700 for improving cognitive performance and mood in healthy young adults. CP9700 is a mix of highly purified grape seed-derived polyphenolic extracts from Vitis vinifera produced by Polyphenolics Inc. (Madera, CA, USA). The polyphenolic component of the product is comprised entirely of catechin and epicatechin, derivatives of catechin and epicatechin (e.g.,epicatechin gallate), and proanthocyanidins. We will perform a randomised, double-blind, parallel-groups human intervention trial using CP9700 and a well characterised sugar-matched placebo to investigate changes in cognitive performance.

Full description

Interventions: Two interventions will be tested, CP9700 (400 mg) and a placebo. Importantly, the placebo will be matched to the active treatment for sugars and vitamin C levels. All interventions will be supplied in blister packs. Participants: A total of 60 healthy, young adult participants will be recruited for these studies. Based upon the medium effect size (d = .65) observed in previous work using healthy adults and the Go/No go task, we calculate that a sample of 25 participants/treatment will provide considerable power (.70) to detect a similar sized effect in this study. The recruitment procedure allows for a 15% drop out rate. Participants will be recruited directly from the School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Panel. Procedure: Following recruitment to the study, participants will start a two-week 'run-in' phase. During this phase, all participants will complete a 3-day food frequency questionnaire to give a measure of their habitual diet before being asked to adhere to a low-flavonoid diet, we will collect a 3-day food diary to check compliance and they will attend the laboratory for an initial 'practice' session of the cognitive tasks (see below). On the evening before the 'active treatment' phase commences, participants will be asked to consume a standard meal- this procedure will be repeated for each evening meal consumed prior to a test day. On the acute test day, participants will attend the laboratory in a fasted state where they will receive a standard low-flavanoid breakfast, followed by a battery of cognitive and mood tasks (see below). Subjects will then be given their intervention, and will be re-tested on our task battery at two-hourly intervals over a 6 hour period before being allowed to return home. During the chronic phase of the study, after 6 and 12 weeks of consuming the intervention, subjects will return to the lab in a fasted state (prior to taking their daily intervention), will be given a standard low flavonoid breakfast, and will be tested on the task battery before consuming their allocated intervention. Compliance will be assured through collection of used blister packs. The task battery is composed of cognitive tests and measures of mood, which our previous data show to be sensitive to flavonoid interventions, both acutely and chronically. More generally, the cognitive tests are categorised into one of two key cognitive domains; (i) Executive Function (i.e., Serial Sevens, Stroop, Modified Attention Network Test) and (ii) Episodic Memory (i.e., immediate and delayed auditory recall, verbal recognition, immediate and delayed spatial memory). Moreover, our previous data indicates increased cerebral blood flow in the in the acute postprandial phase 2-5 hours following flavonoid consumption in brain regions required for executive function and episodic memory including the frontal cortex and frontal gyrus. In addition, changes in mood will be measured using the PANAS, which has previously been shown to be sensitive to flavonoid interventions acutely and chronically.


60 patients




21 to 30 years old


Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Non Smoker
  • Not Pregnant
  • Non vegetarian or vegan
  • Able to consume the capsules

Exclusion criteria

  • Should not suffer from any of the following diseases: Major mental illness; Liver disease; Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 and 2); Heart disease; Renal or gastrointestinal disorders
  • Should not be taking blood pressure lowering or anticoagulant medication
  • Should not be taking depression medication
  • Should not be consuming more than the Government recommended units of alcohol per week
  • Should not be vigorous exercisers (restricted to < 4 hours per week for the duration of the study)
  • Should not be taking nutritional supplements (for the duration of the study)
  • Should not be taking recreational drugs (either illegal or legal for the duration of the study)

Trial design

Primary purpose

Basic Science



Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Triple Blind

60 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Experimental group
400 mg CP9700 along with modified cellulose (MCC), magnesium stearate, silica (sillicon dioxide), Gelatin, FD&C Red No. 40, titanium dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, glycerin, brilliant blue FCF consumed with breakfast in a 1 capsule per day regimen.
Dietary Supplement: CP9700
Matched Placebo
Placebo Comparator group
Maltodextrin along with modified cellulose (MCC), magnesium stearate, silica (sillicon dioxide), Gelatin, FD&C Red No. 40, titanium dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, glycerin, brilliant blue FCF consumed with breakfast in a 1 capsule per day regimen.
Dietary Supplement: Matched Placebo

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