A new test method for cranberry ingredients has revealed “hidden” proanthocyanidins (PAC) in Cran-Max®, a proprietary cranberry concentrate. These PACs were previously undetectable by the standard industry testing method, as they were bound to the fiber of the patented Bio-Shield® delivery system, according to Proprietary Nutritionals Inc. (PNI), supplier of the ingredient.
“We applied new analytic methods to discover PACs bound to fiber and other cell wall components of cranberry,” said Alexis Collins, manager of Scientific Affairs for Pharmachem Laboratories Inc., parent of PNI. “These insoluble PACs, which are bioactive in the body,were previously undetectable by the DMAC test. It is an important finding for ‘whole cranberry’ products, and should give manufacturers more confidence in using them.”
To complete the study, Pharmachem worked closely with Complete Phytochemical Solutions, an independent lab, whose previous experience was in identifying PACs in grains and forages.
Cran-Max is unique from other products because it is a whole-berry concentrate. It is made with a proprietary Bio-Shield process that utilizes all the vital parts of the cranberry: skin, seeds, pulp, juice and fiber. Cran-Max does not contain solvents, preservatives, sugars, water, flavorings or color. Compared to cranberry juice, it is less expensive, more convenient, and contains much less sugar and calories. The researched and recommended dosage is 500 mg daily.
“Cran-Max has always shown strong clinical results,” added Collins. “Published human clinical studies show supplementing with Cran-Max supports urinary tract health. This new test method adds even more support for the benefits of Cran-Max with Bio-Shield.”