B&D Nutritional Ingredients and XSTO Solutions Announce Exclusive Marketing Rights of Zinc-Carnosine for Stomach Health

Vista, California (April 18, 2008) — B&D Nutritional Ingredients, Inc. (B&D) and XSTO Solutions (XSTO), today announced exclusive marketing rights for Hamari Chemical’s Zinc-Carnosine (crystalline amino-mineral complex of L-carnosine and zinc) a novel dietary supplement ingredient targeting stomach health. With dozens of research studies and more than 12 years of human experience, Zinc-Carnosine has a strong track record of safety, efficacy and scientific merit. As an ingredient for supplementation, it ushers in a new era of evidence-based dietary supplements and natural support for digestive issues. Now offered in the US, Zinc-Carnosine is distributed by B&D and XSTO.

Zinc-Carnosine has been a successful product in Japan since 1994 for stomach disorders such heartburn, indigestion, stomach irritation and ulcers, as well as inhibiting Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria associated with stomach ulcers. H. pylori is present in more than 50% of the global population and approximately 20% of the US population and is closely associated with stomach irritation and ulcerations.

This unique ingredient combines L-carnosine — a naturally occurring dipeptide found in muscle and brain tissue — with elemental zinc for a powerful antioxidant, tissue-healing and mucosal-supportive complex. Animal studies have shown that this chelated molecule has biological activity that surpasses that of the individual ingredients or a simple mixture of the ingredients. Human trials of Zinc-Carnosine demonstrate remarkable improvements in objective outcomes as well as subjective symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, vomiting, belching and bloating.

“Zinc-Carnosine provides an effective option in supporting the natural defense mechanisms of the stomach. We look forward to expanding the US market presence of Zinc-Carnosine,” said Bill Van Dyke, chairman and chief executive officer of B&D Nutritional Ingredients. “This ingredient represents an exciting new addition to XSTO’s portfolio and we are very pleased to bring this unique and efficacious ingredient to the US market,” said Francis Foley, president of XSTO.

“We look forward to aggressively promoting Zinc-Carnosine,” stated Dan Murray, vice president of business development for XSTO. “Working with key marketers and manufacturers, our coast to coast sales group is focused solely on offering premier raw-material ingredients and Zinc-Carnosine is a perfect example of our purpose to provide beneficial ingredients that help people live healthier lives,” confirmed Michael Sodaro, vice president of sales for B&D.

About B&D Nutritional Ingredients, Inc.

Founded in 1993 and based in Vista, California, B&D Nutritional Ingredients, Inc. (www.bdnutritional.com), is a national leader in sales and marketing of premier raw materials essential to the dietary supplement, functional food and personal care industries. B&D has a portfolio of products from leading manufacturers. These products are primarily natural antioxidants. B&D is active in several industry organizations representing the dietary supplement and personal care industries. Memberships include The Council for Responsible Nutrition, and The Drug, Chemical and Allied Trades Association, Inc.

About XSTO Solutions

XSTO Solutions was established in 2005 and is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey. XSTO’s core focus is bringing a small number of new science-supported nutritional ingredients to the dietary supplement and functional food market. XSTO personnel have successfully and profitably launched new products, driving sales by acting as US-based sales and marketing partners. XSTO has also partnered with small-to medium-sized dietary supplement manufacturers to increase sales and marketing focus. XSTO can be reached at 973.975.4224 or www.xstosolutions.com.

About Hamari Chemicals, Ltd.

Hamari Chemicals, was established in 1948 in Osaka, Japan and has specialized in the manufacture of APIs and pharmaceutical intermediates. For more than 50 years, Hamari has been providing custom manufacturing of high quality pharmaceuticals in a reliable and flexible manner to meet the needs of their customers in North America, Western Europe and Asia. For more information about the company and its products, please visit www.hamarichemicals.com.


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