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5 new products: baby food, calcium wafers, oral probiotics, citicoline

Five new product launches from the Functional Ingredients March 2011 issue: Nature’s Select Food Group’s Petite Select; Calcium Citrate Chewable Wafers; BioGuard; AlgaeCal; and Citicoline.

Nature’s Select Food Group’s Petite SelectToddler meal line to introduce unique flavors
Nature’s Select Food Group’s Petite Select, founded in 2008, has created a line of meals that offer a healthier alternative to processed baby food, while exposing infants to different flavors. The four meals are: Mango Jambo, a medley of mangoes, pears, bananas and amaranth grain; Petite Shepherd’s Pie, a blend of ground beef, vegetables and tomato sauce, topped with creamy mashed potatoes; Pasta Bolognese, featuring whole wheat pastina with organic ground turkey in tomato sauce; and Beef Barley, beef with barley, carrots, potatoes and celery. Each meal is sold in two 4 oz. packages (113g) and flash frozen to lock in freshness. Additionally, all containers are BPA free plastic. Petite Select is the first baby food company to feature exclusively Glatt Kosher and organic meats and poultry.

Calcium wafers up the Vitamin D3
Twinlab Calcium Citrate Chewable WafersTwinlab has reformulated its best-selling Calcium Citrate Chewable Wafers with Magnesium & Vitamin D3. The update comes in response to compounding research suggesting the benefits of higher vitamin D intake, and in tandem with The National Academy of Sciences’ recent decision to raise the dietary reference intake for vitamin D. The reformulation doubles the supplement’s vitamin D3 content from 400 IU to 800 IU (per adult serving) to help support optimum calcium absorption, while keeping the calcium and magnesium content the same, at 1000 mg and 500 mg, respectively. The updated wafers – now 40 percent smaller than before – also feature a new and improved citrus flavor, and while they still come packaged in a glass bottle to maintain maximum stability and freshness, they now come in a smaller bottle. 

Chewable tablet with oral probiotic
BioGuard from ImagenetixImagenetix of San Diego has launched a chewable probiotic tablet, called BioGuard, now being sold at Costco, RiteAid and other mass retailers. The supplement contains BLIS K12, a probiotic made by Frutarom that is the first designed specifically for oral health. The ingredient contains S. salivarius, a bacteria that normally occurs in the mouth and throat that is known to secrete proteins that control the growth of undesirable bacteria. BLIS K12 can also trap and inactivate viruses coming in from the outside, by promoting interferon production in the body, the company says. The ingredient is shelf stable and does not require special handling or refrigeration.

Calcium supplement with AlgaeCal
PhytoKinetic Calcium AlgaeCalRainbow Light Nutritional Systems of California has expanded its line of certified organic formulas with PhytoKinetic Calcium. The product contains 750mg of calcium per serving in the form of AlgaeCal, a marine algae with high amounts of vitamins D and K2. It has been the subject of six randomized human studies in the U.S. and Europe. It is the only plant-sourced calcium certified organic by the USDA. Each serving provides more than 70 naturally occurring minerals to support bone density, cellular performance and electrolyte balance. It also contains Rainbow Lights’ proprietary Bioactive OsteoComplex, which provides added Bioperine and vitamin D2 to further aid nutrient assimilation.

Citicoline supplement for brain health
Jarrow Formula's CiticolineLos Angeles-based Jarrow Formulas has unveiled Citicoline (CDP Choline) in a new 120-capsule size as the latest offering in its line of brain nutrition supplements. Citicoline is a naturally occurring intermediate involved in the synthesis of phosphatidylcholine, a major constituent of the grey matter of brain tissue. It has been tested extensively in clinical trials in the areas of memory, verbal memory, recognition, recall and cognition.  Recent studies have indicated support for visual acuity as well.

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