Water-soluble hemp protein
Manitoba Harvest has created the first water-soluble hemp-protein concentrate. With a nongritty mouthfeel and virtually no flavour, Hemp PRO 70 blends easily into beverages and liquid-based foods and recipes. Hemp PRO 70 delivers 21g of protein and 800mg of omega-3s per 30g serving. Unlike most other protein-powder concentrates and isolates on the market today, no hexane solvents are used to make the product, the company says. For consumers, it is sold in 16oz jars across North America; it is also available in bulk quantities for food and drink manufacturers.
Chinese herbal sleep aid
iSleep Herb Pac has been created to help people with sleep problems fall asleep more easily, and wake up feeling alert and lethargy free. The new supplement was launched by PAC Herbs, a company founded by herbalist and acupuncturist Cathy Margolin. The formula is nonaddictive and is made from Chinese herbs that have been used for centuries: spiny jujube, chuan xiong, poria, licorice, anemarrhena, light wheat grain, flowery knotweed seed, ophiopogon and arbortitate seed. The product is processed in a pharmaceutical facility that performs more than 200 tests on its raw materials to ensure the herbs are free of possible contaminants. PAC Herbs is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
New line with black-tea extract
WellGen, a New Jersey life-science company, has created its first consumer products under the brand name Te Ame. The line contains four formulations for exercise recovery, immunity, joint health and stress management. Each contains WellGen's proprietary natural compound, a unique black-tea extract enriched for theaflavins. These have demonstrated health benefits, and are presented in significantly greater concentrations than available from brewed tea. The products are sold online.
Prenatal vitamin drink mix
Be Nice, of California, a speciality drink-mix company dedicated to supporting the unique hydration needs of pregnant and nursing women, has created a prenatal vitamin drink mix fortified with folic acid, B-complex vitamins and minerals. The all-natural formula features no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, and is sweetened with stevia RA-97, a safe sweetener alternative for diabetics. Be Nice is also the only natural prenatal vitamin drink mix formulated with life'sDHA, an algae source of DHA produced by Martek Biosciences. Available in two flavours, Lemonade and Berrylicious, it is packaged in single-serve packets.
Nutritive drink with probiotics
Ganeden Biotech, the makers of the patented probiotic strain GanedenBC30, has joined efforts with Liquid Health Labs to launch a probiotic-enhanced beverage using PowerCap technology. The drink, called FHS, or 'Fresh Healthy Stuff,' includes 12oz of purified water in the bottle and a powdered formulation with GanedenBC30 probiotics, antioxidants from fruit concentrates, vitamins and prebiotic fibre stored inside the bottle cap. With a press of a button, the powder is released into the water creating a probiotic-enhanced flavoured drink that supports healthy digestive and immune functions.
HeartShot drinks to combat inflammation
Asantae, a distributor-based company in the health-and-wellness industry, has launched HeartShot powder drinks, which contain a scientific blend of CLA, antioxidants, and Ocean Nutrition Canada's MEG-3 brand omega-3 EPA and DHA. The formula is designed to provide the body with the essential nutrients it needs to fight the chronic inflammation associated with heart disease. It is available in two flavours, Orange Creamsicle and Very Berry, and contains 500mg of omega-3 EPA/DHA per 12g serving. It is sold throughout the United States through Asantae and its distribution channels.