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3 experts pick ingredients for healthy aging

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Functional Ingredients asked three ingredients industry experts, "Which ingredients or nutrients do you think will play an important role in the future as consumers learn about the impact of their diets on inflammation and chronic disease?" See what they had to say.

Karen Todd, Kyowa Hakko"Ingredients like citicoline for brain health and glutathione for immunity/ detoxification will play a strong part in the diets of consumers. The addition of citicoline and glutathione to one‘s diet will contribute to the body’s antioxidant defenses, promote anti-inflammatory activities and support neurotransmitter function. Our current diet and lifestyle conditions do not support high enough levels of these important nutrients and they must be supplemented in the diet."

—Karen E. Todd, RD, CSCS, HFS, Registered Dietitian, Director of Marketing, Kyowa Hakko USA Inc.

"The obvious response is anti-inflammatory agents, most of which are antioxidants. Also, omega-3s, which modulate prostaglandin activity. I believe that consumer awareness on the importance of antioxidants in the diet is still at a very early stage, which is good, because scientific and nutritional understanding of the role of dietary antioxidants on the mitigation of inflammatory responses is also at a very early stage."

—Dan Best, Owner, Best Vantage Inc., Strategic Food Business and Technology Marketing

"Inflammation is Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Healthmeasured by three major markers—C-reactive protein (CRP), Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF), with TNF being the master factor. Polyphenols such as resveratrol, quercetin, curcumin, pine bark (Pycnogenol), and vitamin D are strong TNF-inhibitors and will continue to shine in scientific studies. Because inflammation is also a marker of aging (inflammaging) and aging largely progresses as the body accumulates minerals (iron, copper, calcium), then mineral chelators such as rice bran IP6, resveratrol, quercetin, curcumin, will also play a strong role in quelling inflammation associated with aging."

—Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health Inc., Managing Partner, Resveratrol Partners LLC, dba LONGEVINEX

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