KSM-66® ashwagandha from Ixoreal Biomed is now self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) based on a critical evaluation and acceptance of an independent expert panel. KSM-66 can now be utilized as a food ingredient for cereals, cereal bars, candies, chewing gum, cookies/biscuits and type I beverages.
"A significant amount of work was completed to ensure that KSM-66 met the highest standards related to the self-affirmed GRAS determination," said Kartikeya Baldwa, director for Ixoreal Biomed. "We're extremely pleased that functional food and beverage manufacturers can now incorporate KSM-66 Ashwagandha into their products. We're already excited with the interest we've had from these companies."
According to the determination, KSM-66 may be utilized in the specified foods at levels of 25 to 80 mg per serving. KSM-66 has also been evaluated in five scientific studies with an additional two studies ongoing. These studies examine the role of KSM-66 as an adaptogen for healthy stress management where it exhibits a normalizing effect against common physical, chemical and biological stressors.
KSM-66 is the only high-potency ashwagandha with a neutral, bitterless taste and has therefore generated interest from food and beverage manufacturers. Other ashwagandha extracts employ hydro-alcoholic extraction processes, yielding a rather bitter extract and detracting from its whole-herb character.
KSM-66 is manufactured by Ixoreal Biomed, the only ashwagandha manufacturer in the world to own the entire value chain for producing the extract. Ixoreal Biomed has its own farms, production facilities, testing laboratories, research and distribution. As a result, Ixoreal Biomed can ensure batch-to-batch consistency and maintain a cost-effective, reliable supply base.