On 4 October, the Quality Juice Foundation presented the Quality Juice Award which is endowed with 2,500 € for the third time during the Technical Stream at the Juice Summit 2017 in Antwerp (Belgium). Carlos Abboud from Newbell Trade (Uruguay), President of the Quality Juice Foundation, presented the prize for 2017 to Libia Alejandra García Flores from the C.E.B.A.S.-C.S.I.C. Food Sci. & Technol. Dept. in Murcia, Spain, for her outstanding thesis on the "Assessment of functional beverages consumption among elite triathletes: oxidative stress, vascular biomarkers, inflammation, mutagenesis and degeneration of the nervous system".
In the course of her thesis, Ms García Flores showed that functional fruit juices with their high levels of polyphenols can be proven to have a positive effect on the organism.
She examined the influence of citrus aronia juice for its positive effect on 16 elite triathletes over a training period of 145 days. For 45 days during this period, their diet was supplemented with the daily addition of 200 ml of a fruit juice mixture consisting of 95 % citrus and 5 % aronia juice.
65 biomarkers were measured in urine and 7 markers in blood plasma. These metabolic attributes correlate with inflammation-markers induced by oxidative stress. For the first time, analytical proof was obtained that oxidative stress is reduced by sports training in combination with consumption of citrus/aronia juice, resulting in an improvement in health. These are most encouraging results for the fruit juice industry.