DHA Under Wraps
Martek Biosciences Corp of Maryland, the manufacturer of algae-derived DHA, has expanded its line of products to include a microencapsulated DHA powder. The product has a milk-protein matrix containing eight per cent DHA. It will be marketed primarily as a food ingredient, specifically for use in dry foods such as nutritional bars, cereals and breads.
More Info: Martek Biosciences
Tel: +1 410 740 0081
Tetley Tea of the UK is now producing Tetley Tea: therapy in a new range of herbal teas specially formulated to taste best with milk. The new products include: Uplifting—tea with ginseng and peppermint; Balancing—low-caffeine tea with fennel and lime flower, which may help with indigestion; and Calming—low-caffeine tea with chamomile, lemon balm and honey, which may help ease tension and stress.
More Info: Tetley Tea
Tel: +44 20 8338 4000
Omya Calcium Is Pure Enough For Foods
Omya UK Ltd has launched Omyapure 35—a calcium carbonate that meets the requirements of the new legislation under E170—for use in foods as an additive, bulking agent and carrier. Because it meets European Phamacopoeia standards, it also can be included in dietary supplements as a neutralizing agent and calcium source.
More Info: Omya UK Ltd
Tel : +44 1909 54 3317
Oats Fibre Nets Heart Claim
Nurture Inc of Pennsylvania is now offering OatVantage, an oat-based ingredient that will enable manufacturers to make an FDA heart-health claim on their foods, beverages and supplements. The company says the product is a concentrated soluble oat fibre that lowers cholesterol at a more convenient dose level than it offered previously. OatVantage 1.5g delivers 0.75g soluble-fibre beta-glucan. Products that contain 0.75g beta-glucan may qualify to use the following FDA health claim:
OatVantage is derived from non-GMO oats and manufactured in a GMP-approved facility. It is available as a free-flowing powder, is water-soluble, has a neutral taste and can be used in capsules, tablets, opaque liquids and semisolid foods, among other applications.
More Info: Nurture Inc
Tel: +1 610 989 0945
LinumLife Takes The Flax
Acatris Inc in Minnesota has released LinumLife, a concentrated lignan extract derived from flax, for use in dietary supplements. Flaxseed is currently one of the richest sources of plant phytoestrogen lignans, and last year's sales of flax supplements were up 53 per cent, making it one of the top supplements in the specialty non-herbal sector.
Acatris, known for its SoyLife and FenuLife ingredients, has spent several years researching and developing ingredients from flax, primarily for its lignan content. Acatris says its proprietary patented processing method preserves and concentrates the lignan fraction, thereby allowing lignans to confer their phytoestrogenic activity in the body.
Studies have shown that consumption of high amounts of dietary lignans have benefited certain populations: vegetarians, Asians and specific groups of people in northern Finland appear to have a reduced risk of developing hormone-dependent cancers such as breast and prostate cancer. Lignans are known for their ability to interfere with estrogen- and testosterone-binding, which may interrupt tumour growth.
More Info: Acatris Inc
Tel: +1 952 920 7700
An Original Cold Bar
Alternativa Natural's Pro-Energy Bar is the only product in its category to contain an antioxidant blend of green tea, Co-Q10 and Origanox. This latter ingredient, from Barrington Chemical Corp, is a natural-based high-potency dietary supplement that may help lower the risk of some chronic diseases associated with aging. It is derived from rosmarinic acid, which is well-known in the scientific community for attacking free radicals and leaving vitamins C, E and others intact for the body to use later.
Alternativa Natural's bars are low in sugar, salt and carbohydrates, and are available in chocolate and blueberry. They are kosher and vegetarian and are available throughout the US in health food stores.
More info: Barrington Chemical Corp
Tel: +1 800 684 CHEM
Promilin Shows Promise
Technical Sourcing International (TSI) of Montana has announced a new, patent-pending ingredient named Promilin, which the company claims may promote healthy glucose and insulin utilisation.
Promilin is a complex of bioactive amino acids including amino acid derivative, 4-hydroxyisoleucine (4-OH-Ile). Promilin is extracted from Trigonella foenum-graecum, using proprietary processing techniques at TSI's botanical extraction facility.
Among the first consumer products to include the Promilin brand is Thermo-Cuts by Optimum Nutrition.
In vivo and in vitro studies in both the US and France and the US have shown the 4-OH-Ile compound, found in Promilin, to be effective in selectively potentiating insulin secretion from the pancreas in response to an increase in glucose levels. This suggests Promilin may increase insulin sensitivity across a wide range of concentrations.
In a pilot study with healthy (non-diabetic) individuals, Promilin helped reduce glucose concentrations without affecting insulin levels, indicating that it may enhance natural metabolic sensitivity. Study results are expected to be published next year.
More Info: Technical Sourcing Int'l Tel: +1 406 549 9123 www.tsiinc.com
A Script For Weight Loss
LifeScript has expanded its range of weight-loss products with SlimScript, a powdered soy protein meal-replacement drink with calcium, which will be delivered directly to customers' homes in packages of 20 daily meals. SlimScript is designed to replace one meal per day, five days per week.
The company claims the product is a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate food that possesses the ability to decrease fat storage, increase fat cell metabolism and preserve lean muscle mass. SlimScript is enriched with 23 essential vitamins and minerals.
More Info: LifeScript
Tel: +1 800 637 9382
DSM Maximises Lactase Capabilities
The Dairy Ingredients Business Unit of DSM Food Specialties is now offering Maxilact, a lactase enzyme used to make dairy products acceptable to lactose-intolerant consumers. Eighty per cent of the Central Asian population experiences low lactose absorption, and DSM is hoping Maxilact will expand opportunities for manufacturers to develop low-lactose milk, dairy desserts, yoghurts and spreads for these and other consumers around the globe. Maxilact is prepared from dairy yeast (Kluyveromyces lactis), which converts the lactose content of milk into its component sugars to enhance absorption in the body.
More Info: DSM Food Specialties
Tel: +31 15 279 2355
The Pros Of Soy
Minneapolis-based Cargill Health & Food Technologies (H&FT) in October introduced functional food prototypes at the American Dietetic Association Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition 2002. Prototype products include chocolates made with AdvantaSoy Clear soy isoflavones and oatmeal raisin cookies made with phytosterol esters. An independent panel of experts gave AdvantaSoy Clear a GRAS (generally recognised as safe) rating.
The company has introduced AdvantaSoy Compress soy isoflavones developed in customised concentrations specifically for dietary supplements.
Cargill also produces Advantasoy Complete with a solvent-free manufacturing process, resulting in a combination of soy protein and isoflavones. Preliminary evidence suggests that isoflavones may relieve some menopausal symptoms and help maintain bone health.
More Info: Cargill
Tel: +1 952 742 7575
Improved Ester E
A new grade of high-potency natural-source vitamin E succinate powder called Covitol 1185 HPMC (hyproxypropyl methyl cellulose) is the newest ingredient from Cognis. This ingredient is an ester form of d-alpha-tocopherol that offers beneficial oxidative stability. It is a solid at room temperature, allowing use in direct compression tablets and hard gelatin capsules. The coating material, which is said to offer improved flow properties, is approved under European food law and can, therefore, be used in functional foods and dietary supplements.
More Info: Cognis Nutrition & Health
Tel: +49 211 7940 9692
UK-based Croda has introduced several new products, expanding its range of lipids and proteins. Crossentials and Incromegas have been designed to maximize the therapeutic benefits and bioavailability of omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids.
Croda's new fish gelatins, recommended for both soft and hard gel capsules, are derived from a non-mammalian source.
Procol CLA is a new and novel conjugated linoloeic acid product in a spray-dried form. By microencapsulating CLA within an active substrate, hydrolysed marine collagen, the CLA is protected from oxidation.
Also new is CrodaFlex GCS, a marine-sourced nutritional supplement containing chondroitin sulphate, glucosamine and hydrolysed collagen.
Marine Calcium GLM is a natural pure source of calcium for nutritional supplements, which is derived from New Zealand green lipped mussel shells.
And, in the soy isoflavone category, CroFlavones offers isoflavones in their natural, phytochemical-rich form for hormone replacement treatment, cholesterol-lowering agents and cancer protectors.
More Info: Croda Oleochemicals
Tel: +44 1405 863399
A Sea Of HOX For Foods
An enzyme called HOX, derived from seaweed, is a recent offering by Danisco. It is intended for use in the bread industry and in the production of cheese, among other functional foods. The Biotechnological Institute is credited with the discovery of this enzyme two years ago, when scientists determined that hexose oxidase could be useful for food applications if it could be produced in sufficient quantities that would be environmentally and financially viable. Danisco developed the biotechnological methods to do so. The enzyme is an alternative to bromate and ascorbic acid as a bread-improving agent and is expected to have expanding possibilities for the dairy industry.
More Info: Danisco
Tel: +45 3266 2000