P.L. Thomas & Co., Inc. (PLT) and Lipogen Ltd. of Israel announced that PLT will distribute Lipogen's Phosphatidylserine (PS). PLT will work actively with functional food and beverage companies throughout North America to incorporate this exciting ingredient, which has been closely studied for its positive effects on cognitive health.
In July 2006, FDA accepted ("no questions") the GRAS notification of Lipogen's Phosphatidylserine (PS) patent-protected product line, produced through a unique "food friendly" process. The efficacy of PS has been recognized by the FDA (May 2003) which allows for a qualified health claim for cognitive health.
As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, this major consumer group is increasingly receptive to doing everything possible to maximize their quality of life, including cognitive health.
David Rutenberg, CEO of Lipogen, otes: "Phosphatidylserine concentrates in brain cell membranes and facilitates numerous functions of neuronal activity. Lipogen PS has been clinically tested in double-blind, placebo-controlled studies. The research showed significant memory and mental improvements in comparison to the placebo groups."
Paul Flowerman, President of PLT, comments: "We are delighted to team up with Lipogen to offer this cost-effective and carefully-studied GRAS supplement. It conforms perfectly to our desire to be "where food and health meet". Food and beverage innovators will be enthused to have this GRAS approved product with a qualified FDA health claim as a healthy choice for their products."
Lipogen's PS is Kosher, Non-GMO, and is produced without solvents under GMP, HACCP and ISO 9000-2000 standards. The GRAS approval was based on exclusive non-bacterial production methods.
Lipogen of Haifa, Israel, a leading PS developer since 1992, focuses on natural mental health solutions for dietary supplements and functional food ingredients for enhancing foods and beverages. All Lipogen products are vegetarian and kosher certified.
About P.L. Thomas
P.L. Thomas, a New Jersey based ingredient supplier, offers more than fifty years of innovation in securing reliable, high quality raw materials for the food/functional food and nutrition industries. PLT specializes in water-soluble gums and clinically-supported botanical extracts. They are a one-stop resource for application ideas, current industry information and technical service.