DSM's blood pressure regulator tensVida™, formerly TensGuard™, won top honors for this year's NutrAward. The award was selected by a panel of industry experts, scientists and nutritionists, plus votes from Nutracon attendees. The NutrAward is annual award associated with Supply Expo and New Hope Natural Media's Global Supply Portfolio.
"As a well-known risk factor for coronary heart disease, kidney failure and stroke, high blood pressure is a major global concern," explained Pete Willis, senior marketing manager, DSM Functional Foods Marketing, in a statement. "TensVida represents a major breakthrough to help maintain normal blood pressure. Opening up a new sector in the functional foods market, tensVida enables manufacturers to develop a wide range of food, beverage and dietary supplement products which can offer specific heart health benefits."
The decision makes tensVida the first ingredient to win industry awards in both the US and Europe. "We are thrilled with this news, particularly coming within months of our Gold award for most innovative new health ingredient at Health Ingredients Europe last November. This second prestigious award demonstrates tensVida's worldwide appeal and is a result of the dedicated research, hard work and commitment of our global team," Willis said.
TensVida is a milk-derived tripeptide which helps to maintain healthy blood pressure within the normal range. Tripeptides occur naturally in dairy products such as aged cheese and cultured milk. Scientific studies show that milk-derived tripeptides with the bioactive amino acid sequence IPP (isoleucine-proline-proline) can maintain healthy blood pressure in people who have blood pressure within the normal range.
The company says they are already seeing early commercial success in the US with Twinlab, Swanson and Total Nutrition products containing tensVida. "Nutracon is an exceptional annual event dedicated to research, innovation and eduction, said Lynda Doyle, director, DSM Functional Foods Marketing. "DSM is proud to have a long-standing relationship with New Hope/Nutracon, as we share similar values: research, innovation, outreach and excellence. We are particularly pleased to have tensVida selected as the winner of the 2009 NutrAward for new, innovative, evidence-based health and nutrition ingredient. This helps to highlight DSM's ongoing commitment to research, innovation and science-based product development."
TensVida is an odorless concentrated lactotripeptide that is entirely water soluble, making it suitable for a wide range of food and beverage applications. TensVida is available in a granulated form, which can be incorporated into tablets and capsules.