Supplementation with a proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extract may improve body composition without affecting hematology in resistance-trained men

Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2015 Nov;40(11):1171-7. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2015-0241. Epub 2015 Jul 24.


Adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) is primarily known as a cellular source of energy. Increased ATP levels may have the potential to enhance body composition. A novel, proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extracts has been reported to increase ATP levels, potentially by enhancing mitochondrial ATP production. Therefore, the purpose of this investigation was to determine the supplement's effects on body composition when consumed during 12 weeks of resistance training. Twenty-five healthy, resistance-trained, male subjects (age, 27.7 ± 4.8 years; height, 176.0 ± 6.5 cm; body mass, 83.2 ± 12.1 kg) completed this study. Subjects supplemented once daily with either 1 serving (150 mg) of a proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extracts (TRT) or placebo (PLA). Supervised resistance training consisted of 8 weeks of daily undulating periodized training followed by a 2-week overreach and a 2-week taper phase. Body composition was assessed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and ultrasound at weeks 0, 4, 8, 10, and 12. Vital signs and blood markers were assessed at weeks 0, 8, and 12. Significant group × time (p < 0.05) interactions were present for ultrasound-determined cross-sectional area, which increased in TRT (+0.91 cm(2)) versus PLA (-0.08 cm(2)), as well as muscle thickness (TRT: +0.46; PLA: +0.04 cm). A significant group × time (p < 0.05) interaction existed for creatinine (TRT: +0.06; PLA: +0.15 mg/dL), triglycerides (TRT: +24.1; PLA: -20.2 mg/dL), and very-low-density lipoprotein (TRT: +4.9; PLA: -3.9 mg/dL), which remained within clinical ranges. Supplementation with a proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extracts may enhance resistance training-induced skeletal muscle hypertrophy without affecting fat mass or blood chemistry in healthy males.

Keywords: ElevATP; blood chemistry; chimie sanguine; entraînement à la force; fat mass; haltérophilie; masse adipeuse; masse musculaire; muscle mass; nutrition sportive; periodization; périodisation; safety; sport; sports nutrition; strength training; sécurité; weight lifting.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absorptiometry, Photon
  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Adenosine Triphosphate / metabolism
  • Adult
  • Anabolic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Body Composition / drug effects*
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Energy Metabolism / drug effects
  • Fruit
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy
  • Male
  • Malus*
  • Mitochondria / drug effects
  • Mitochondria / metabolism
  • Organ Size
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage*
  • Quadriceps Muscle / diagnostic imaging
  • Quadriceps Muscle / drug effects*
  • Quadriceps Muscle / metabolism
  • Resistance Training*
  • Soil*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography
  • Young Adult


  • Anabolic Agents
  • Biomarkers
  • Plant Extracts
  • Soil
  • Adenosine Triphosphate