UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia, through human trials, has discovered that an oat-based beverage has a role in alleviating symptoms experienced by patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
In a 12-week trial, USM’s School of Medical Sciences found that 25 patients who took the beverage twice a day showed a significant reduction in the disease activity score, reduced pain severity as well as a decline in the morning stiffness index.
The high-fibre multigrain supplement, Oat King Sport, was provided by TG Ocean Health Food Industries Sdn Bhd, which funded the trial.
The clinical study’s principal investigator Dr Lee Lai Kuan said the clinical trial consisted of two groups, 25 participants who consumed Oat King Sport twice a day and took required RA medications, and another set of 26 participants who only took the required medications.
“Twelve weeks’ consumption of Oat King Sport by the 25 participants showed drastically improved serum concentrations of inflammatory biomarkers, ” she said in a press conference on the trial recently.
Dr Lee said the clinical study and trial were conducted at USM’s School of Medical Sciences in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, over the course of 18 months from July 2018.
“Our trial was conducted on people aged between 21 to 74 years, ” she said.
Oat King Sport comprises grains including oats, wheat, wheat bran, wheat germ, brown rice, red rice, millet, coix seed, sesame seed, corn, red kidney bean, black turtle bean, soybean, green gram and white navy seed.
TG Ocean Health Food Industries legal consultant Lim Choo Hooi said TG Ocean collaborated with USM to gauge the effectiveness of Oat King Sport in relieving the health conditions of RA patients.
Also present at the press conference were USM associate professor Dr Foo Keng Yuen as well as TG Ocean Health Food Industries managing director Ong Thor Guan, administrative director Koay Kai Bin and executive director Choong Jin Kooi.