Verdure Sciences Says Immune-Health Properties Found in Tinofend Extract

December 5, 2011

Immunosupportive properties were found during analysis using the company’s Verdure Botanical Active Testing System (VBATS).

Ingredient supplier Verdure Sciences (Noblesville, IN) says that polysaccharides linked to immune-supporting properties were found in “significant and consistent quantities” in the company’s Tinofend extract (Tinospora cordifolia).

The company says the immunosupportive properties were found during analysis using the company’s Verdure Botanical Active Testing System (VBATS). “The total polysaccharide fraction from Tinofend, comprising no less than 20% of the total extract, was measured and validated for sensitivity, specificity, and precision using AOAC guidelines for single lab validation,” Verdure stated in its press release.

“This assay adds a key point of control to a list of stringent physical and chemical specifications for Tinofend,” it added.

“Natural products, especially botanicals, are subject to variation in composition.  Therefore, standardization is of utmost importance to ensure consumers receive the same benefits found in clinical trials,” said Blake Ebersole, technical director, in a press release. “This is why we have dedicated substantial time and resources to characterize botanical ingredients and are continuously working towards developing and validating suitable analytical methods for their standardization.”

The company says that this finding follows randomized, placebo-controlled clinical research on Tinofend (published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology and The Antiseptic) that indicated a clinical benefit on various immune-related endpoints in just two weeks. Polysaccharides are researched as the primary active component of Tinospora, along with other immune-health ingredients such as Echinacea, Astragalus, and medicinal mushrooms.