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Targeted Weight Loss
Targeted Weight Loss
Lowat is a new, patent-pending ingredient said to target fat tissue in three ways: by decreasing fat formation and accumulation and by increasing fat burning. Made from Piper betle leaf and Dolichos biflorus seed extract, Lowat increases the fat-burning hormone adiponectin, enhancing fat metabolism. It also increases lipolysis, or the breakdown of stored fat, and inhibits adipogenesis, the generation and accumulation of fat in the fat cells. A 50-subject, double-blind, placebo-controlled, eight-week human study showed subjects significantly lost body weight 2.4 times better than placebo. InterHealth (Benicia, CA), 707/751-2800, www.interhealthusa.com.
New Vitamin K2 Brand
Danisco has introduced its own ActivK brand of long-chained menaquinone (vitamin K2). According to the company, long-chained menaquinone such as ActivK offer high bioavailability and bioactivity. ActivK has functional food status in Europe and has received positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (Parma, Italy) for bone-health claims, the firm says. Vitamin K2, the subject of many ongoing research studies on bone health, has been linked to calcium regulation in the human body, as well as heart health. Danisco (Copenhagen), +45 32 66 20 00, www.danisco.com.
Natural Cosmetic Preservatives
Sabinsa has launched two new patent-pending preservatives for cosmetic and personal care products. SabiLize-Alpha and SabiLize-Beta are described as “natural active fractions of various essential oils and phytoextracts.” The company says that when used at 0.5% in cream, both ingredients were found to be significantly protective against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Escherichia coli, as well as Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger. The ingredients also act as antioxidants and prevent the oxidation of oils and fats in cosmetics. Sabinsa (East Windsor, NJ), 732/777-1111, www.sabinsa.com.
Longvida, a curcumin (Curcuma longa) ingredient, is said to be absorbed by the body up to 65 times better than standard curcumin. The ingredient utilizes Solid-Lipid Curcumin Particle (SLCP) technology that Verdure Sciences developed together with University of California, Los Angeles, researchers. According to the company, SLCP facilitates steady, extended transfer of curcumin across biological membranes. Verdure Sciences (Noblesville, IN), 317/776-3600, www.verduresciences.com.
Water-Soluble Krill Oil
Krill oil manufacturer Azantis Inc. (Boulder, CO) and solubilization specialist Ceutical Switzerland AG (Zurich) have launched a water-soluble Antarctic krill oil from Euphausia superba. The companies say the ingredient is suited for blending with other water-based supplements, food, and beverages. Azantis Inc. (Boulder, CO), 303/502-2400, www.azantis.com.
Antioxidant Tea Blend
Enlivitea is a proprietary blend of green and black tea formulated to work synergistically for high antioxidant value. “After a thorough review of the science behind both green and black tea, our scientists determined that blending certain extracts from select green and black tea varieties would provide important antioxidant protection superior to the antioxidant benefits offered by green and black teas alone,” says Mike Ceddia, vice president of research and development. Kemin Health (Des Moines, IA), 888/248-5040, www.kemin.com.
Fiber for Beverages
Colloïdes Naturels International has launched a new, highly purified and clarified version of its Fibregum ingredient. Fibregum Clear is especially designed for enriching beverages with fiber. The ingredient is an all-natural Acacia gum rich in soluble fiber, at least 90%, that also offers a prebiotic effect to promote the growth of “good” bacteria in the gut. Colloïdes Naturels International (Rouen, France), +33 2 32 83 18 18, www.cniworld.com.
Telos Ceuticals is harnessing the benefits of gac fruit (Momordica cochinchinensis), a Vietnamese superfruit, marketing the fruit as Carogac. The company says that according to USDA data, gac fruit contains 76 times the lycopene of tomatoes, 10 times the beta-carotene of carrots, and 40 times the zeaxanthin of corn, along with other nutritional highlights. Carogac is self-affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) and is available as 100% pure freeze-dried fruit powder and 100% pure frozen pulp. Telos Ceuticals LLC (Walled Lake, MI), 888/305-7910, www.carogac.com.
BLIS M18 is a new oral-health probiotic ingredient from Frutarom. The active probiotic in BLIS M18 is S. salivarius, which the company says produces antibacterial molecules-Salivaricins A, 9, and X-that target and kill oral pathogens that can cause tooth decay. It says that BLIS M18 is best suited for applications such as lozenges, chewables, and gums. Frutarom USA (North Bergen, NJ), 201/861-9500,
Soy Plus Grains
Soy specialist Solae says that its new Supro Nugget 173 is the first soy protein nugget to combine protein and grains. The nugget contains 60% soy protein and 40% multigrains such as rice, oat, and barley. Also known as soy crisps, soy protein nuggets can be used in nutrition bars for high protein content. Solae (St. Louis), 800/325-7108, www.solae.com.
Pressurized Dual-Shaft Mixer
Charles Ross & Son Co. is now offering a laboratory dual-shaft mixer designed for operation to 15-psig internal pressure. The new model is completely enclosed. Features include reverse vertical lift to raise the mix can to mixing position; a self-contained control panel, including a single-point hookup; variable speed controls and inverter duty motors; and dual-handed raise-and-lower controls. Charles Ross & Son Co. (Hauppauge, NY), 800/243-ROSS, www.mixers.com.
NP Nutra has introduced a new, potent brown seaweed extract comprising more than 85% fucoidan (Laminaria japonica). The extract is particularly rich in U-fucoidan, says the company. Fucoidan’s health benefits are purported to include maintaining normal and healthy cellular growth, as well as immune-system support. NP Nutra (Gardena, CA), 310/694-3031, www.npnutra.com.
PS-Krill Hybrid for Cognitive Health
Enzymotec has launched a new grade of phosphatidylserine (PS) for cognitive health that has both krill-based eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) conjugated to its backbone. The company says clinical tests have shown the ingredient’s benefits for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Enzymotec (Morristown, NJ), 973/912-9400, www.enzymotec.com.
Refined-Texture Yogurt Cultures
Two new ranges of probiotic cultures, YoFlex and Nu-Trish, aim to deliver ideal texture in low-fat drinking yogurts. The new cultures have the potential for avoiding the use of starches and thickeners, which are often an extra cost to producers. Chr. Hansen (Milwaukee), 414/607-5700, www.chr-hansen.com.