BENICIA, Calif., March 18, 2005 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- OptiBerry(R), InterHealth Nutraceuticals' standardized multiple berry anthocyanin extract, has been shown to provide whole-body antioxidant protection in an eight-week animal study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University Medical Center.
OptiBerry is a patent-pending nutritional ingredient manufactured by InterHealth Nutraceuticals of Benicia, California. Results of the study were presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in New Orleans, March 6-10.
"This study correlates previous research that has demonstrated the potent antioxidant efficacy of individual berry extracts," stated Professor Chandan K. Sen, Ph.D., Ohio State University Medical Center. "Combining the 'best of the best' berry extracts to create OptiBerry has produced a blend that demonstrated optimal, whole-body antioxidant protection."
According to Professor Sen, at two weeks, examination of animals fed OptiBerry and exposed to oxidative stress showed significant whole-body antioxidant protection as compared with control animals that did not receive the supplement. Similarly, at eight weeks, animals fed OptiBerry showed antioxidant protection from oxidative stress specifically in the lungs and liver. No oral toxicity was observed at doses of up to 5,000 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) and there was no dermal toxicity at levels up to 2000 mg/kg. The recommended daily dose for OptiBerry is only 30 milligrams twice daily.
"Given the safety and wide range of benefits attributable to OptiBerry, from anti-aging properties and blood-sugar support to cardioprotection and brain function, OptiBerry provides tremendous value for the health-conscious consumer as part of a healthy lifestyle," stated William "Skip" Seroy, president of InterHealth Nutraceuticals.
OptiBerry was developed by InterHealth after evaluating key functional parameters of numerous berry extracts and exploring more than 20 combinations of individual berry extracts. OptiBerry was found to be the most potent combination of all berry extract blends tested. It promotes brain function and mental clarity, healthy vision, cardiovascular health, and healthy skin. It also helps prevent the effects of premature aging and promotes urinary tract health, while providing blood sugar support.
OptiBerry is a nutritional ingredient available in products sold almost exclusively in natural health stores. Consumers can identify these products by looking for the OptiBerry logo on the label.
About InterHealth Nutraceuticals Inc.
InterHealth Nutraceuticals researches, develops, markets and distributes specialty nutritional ingredients, which are sold worldwide to manufacturers of dietary supplements and nutraceutical food and beverage products. In addition to OptiBerry, the company's products include Super CitriMax(R), Aller-7(R), ChromeMate(R), UC-II(TM), L-OptiZinc(R) and Protykin(R). For more information about InterHealth and its products, call 1-800-783-4636 or 1-707-751-2800 (outside U.S.) or visit the website at www.InterHealthUSA.com.