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Effect of Tea Consumption on Steroid Profile in Healthy Volunteers. Pilot Study (NCT02779361)

World Anti-doping Agency
Open label phase I clinical trial in healthy volunteers designed to assess changes on steroid profile after green tea consumption.
  • : Green tea
    Lipton pure green tea, 5 teas on the first 6 days, and 9 teas on the day 7. Teas will be ingested at 08:00 am, 10:30 am, 13:00 pm, 15:30 pm, 18:00 pm days 1-6, and 08:00 am (*), 10:30 am, 13:00 pm (*), 15:30 pm, 18:00 pm (*), 20:30 pm on day 7. One bag of tea will be used to prepare the beverages with exception of some beverages on day 7 that will be prepared with two bags (*).
    Ages eligible for Study
    18 Years to 50 Years
    Genders eligible for Study
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers
    Inclusion Criteria:
    • Understand and accept the study's procedures and sign an informed consent form
    • Body mass index (BMI=weight/heigth2) between 19 and 27 kg/m2, weight between 50 and 100 kg.
    • No evidence of somatic or psychiatric disorders as per past medical history and physical examination
    • EKG, blood and urine tests taken before entry into the study within the normal range. Minor and transient abnormalities may be acceptable if, according to the Principal Investigator's criterion and the state of the art, they are felt to have no clinical relevance, entail no danger to the participant, and don't interfere with the product's assessment. These abnormalities and their non-relevance must be specifically justified in writing)
    Exclusion Criteria:
    • Evidence of a preexisting condition (including gastrointestinal, liver, or kidney disorders) that may alter the absorption, distribution, metabolism or excretion of the drug or symptoms suggestive of drug-induced gastrointestinal irritation
    • Previous psychiatric disorders, alcoholism, abuse of prescription drugs or illegal substances or regular consumption of psychoactive drugs
    • Having donated blood or having participated in this same study in the preceding 8 weeks, or having participated in any clinical trial with drugs in the preceding 12 weeks
    • Having had any somatic disease or having undergone major surgery in the 3 months prior to inclusion in the trial
    • Individuals intolerant or having experienced a severe adverse reaction to green tea or caffeine
    • Having regularly taken medication in the month before the trial, except for vitamins, herb-based remedies, dietary supplements that if, according to the Principal Investigator or his appointed collaborators' opinion, they pose no threat to the subjects and they won't interfere with the study's objectives. Single doses of symptomatic drugs taken during the week before the experimental session will not constitute an exclusion criterion if it can be assumed that it has been completely eliminated on the day of the experimental session
    • Smokers of >10 cigarettes/day
    • Consumption of >40 g/day of alcohol
    • Daily consumption of less than one xanthine-containing beverages per day
    • Hepatitis B, hepatitis C or human immunodeficiency virus-positive individuals
    • Vegetarian subjects or with aberrant diets
    Anabolic androgenic steroids are included in the list of banned substances in sports by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) because of its ability to improve the performance of athletes.

    Testosterone glucuronization by UGT2B17 isoenzyme (Uridine Diphosphate Glucuronyltransferase 2B17) is inhibited in vitro by green tea flavonols like epicatechin, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and catechin gallate.

    Therefore a diet rich in green tea could interfere in androgens' glucuronization and cause a change on the steroid profile of the athletes that could be considered a false positive.

    A clinical trial designed to assess changes on steroid profile in healthy volunteers after green tea consumption will be conducted. Subjects with different UGT2B17 genotype will be recruited (10 of each type: ins/ins, ins/del, del/del) to study if the genotype can modulate the results obtained.

    Urine samples obtained before and during 7 days of green tea consumption will be used to compare steroid profile. Blood samples will be also collected to assess EGCG pharmacokinetics.

    1 locations

    Spain (1)
    • Parc de Salut Mar-IMIM
      Not specified
      Barcelona, Spain, 08003
    31 December, 2015
    25 July, 2017
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