AUSTIN, Texas--April 25, 2003--Applied Food Sciences, LLC (AFS(TM)) announced that it has begun shipments of its Green Coffee Antioxidant (GCA(TM)) product to customers. GCA is an all-natural green coffee bean extract containing at least 65 percent total polyphenol antioxidants.
GCA contains a number of polyphenols called hydroxycinnamic acids, with the two prominent being cholorogenic and caffeic acid. Chlorogenic acid has been shown in scientific research to protect against LDL oxidation as much as 14 times greater than that of green tea. Additional peer reviewed research demonstrates its effectiveness at inhibiting a number of carcinogens in vitro and in vivo.
"Our objectives were met when we developed GCA, a potent antioxidant, that is both a highly bioavailable and cost-effective ingredient for adding increased functionality to nutrition-based products," stated Chris Fields, AFS technical director. "Providing a neutral taste profile, high solubility and high activity level, GCA is an ideal ingredient for functional foods and beverages as well as bars, chews and dietary supplements."
On a gram equivalent basis, GCA provides the most cost-effective activity level compared with any other antioxidant on the market, independent of test method, ORAC, TRAP, Crocin, etc. All methods indicate that the polyphenols found in green coffee beans are more effective at scavenging peroxyl radicals. In comparison with other types of naturally extracted compounds such as green tea, grape seeds or pine bark, the polyphenols found in green coffee beans have been shown to have a much higher "quality" of activity once ingested and absorbed within the body.
According to Loretta Zapp, AFS chief executive officer, "GCA was developed with the intention of creating an ingredient that provides a high level of antioxidant activity within the human physiology. We understand there are many antioxidants on the market today of which formulators can choose, from vitamins to plant extracts; however, many with even the highest level of polyphenols or flavonoids per gram still are only partially absorbed within the human digestive system. Research not only supports the antioxidant activity within the human physiology but also the absorption of GCA's polyphenols."
Applied Food Sciences, LLC (AFS(TM)), based in Austin, specializes in the development and marketing of proprietary technologies used in foods, beverages and nutritional supplements. Currently AFS is most well known for its patented CDG(TM) (Calcium D-Glucarate), Preventium (R)(Potassium Hydrogen Glucarate) GCA(TM) (Green Coffee Antioxidant) and HealthyRoast(TM). HealthyRoast is a technology utilized by coffee roasters that significantly boosts natural antioxidant levels in brewed coffee. CDG and Preventium are patented dietary supplement ingredients that are sold in bulk to companies such as GNC, Rexall, EAS, Schiff, Enzymatic Therapy and Natrol. AFS' revolutionary products have been featured on television and in publications such as CNN, NBC, USA Today, Parade, Muscle and Fitness, FLEX, Prevention and Newsweek.