A clinical study published in European Journal of Medical and Pharmacological Sciences investigated the role of Taiyo’s Sunfiber Prebiotic (PHGG) ingredient in reducing cold symptoms. That Placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized 12-week study in 96 healthy adults showed the prebiotic’s connection to gut and immune health. Participants received 5.2 g of Sunfiber or a placebo. Diaries of cold-like symptoms were kept, and levels of stool short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and blood immune markers were measured at baseline and again at weeks 6 and 12. The Sunfiber group had statistically significantly more cold symptom-free days, significant reductions in most common cold symptoms, general malaise, arthralgia, and chills, and reductions in constipation or diarrhea.
TriNutra announced approval of its US patent demonstrating the synergistic effects of thymoquinone and omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy inflammatory response. The U.S. patent protects TriNutra’s orally administrable product, ThymoQuin, which contains thymoquinone (TQ) from black seed oil (BSO) and thymoquinone from other resources, as well as omega-3 in various forms such as various blends of EPA and DHA in at least a 1:7 Relationship. The synergistic effects were tested in a preclinical study. Additionally, a recent human study suggests that the combination supports the immune system and general well-being. The combination has also shown support for a healthy microbiome. ThymoQuin is the first cold-pressed and standardized full-spectrum BSO with 3% TQ and very low free fatty acids (FFA).
Gadot Biochemical Industries forecast demand for zinc this winter season. The Israel-based supplier of zinc for supplements and food said it is ready to fulfill the product pipeline for the immune support season. Gadot reported year-over-year growth in global mineral sales at the end of the second quarter of 2022, according to CEO Ohad Cohen. Cohen pointed out that complaints for products containing zinc are in the plant-based category, with a 600% growth over the past five years and a 500% growth for zinc-containing herbal/botanical products.
The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) will showcase its Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) program at Natural Products Expo East, a gluten-free certification program with more than 60,000 certified products worldwide. At booth #1504 at Expo East, GIG will showcase the benefits natural gluten free product manufacturers receive from having their products certified by GIG’s independent certification program, GFCO. As part of its Cutting Costs program, GIG Cares has partnered with GFCO-certified brands to provide monthly care packages of certified gluten-free products to those in need.
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) published the Palm Oil Tocotrienol and Tocopherol Monograph under Non-Botanical Dietary Supplements in August. The United States Pharmacopeia-National Formulary (USP-NF) is recognized by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FFDCA) as the official compendium of the United States. Generally, USP Monograph sets the industry gold standard for the quality, potency, purity, and safety of any given product or ingredient. Based on the USP monograph, palm oil tocotrienols and tocopherols consist primarily of a mixture of α-, β-, γ-, and δ-tocotrienols and α-tocopherol derived from the oil of the mesocarp of the fruit of Elaeis guineensis Jacq. (Family Arecaceae). β-, γ- and δ-tocopherols may be present in small amounts. It also consists of phytosterols and squalene.
Solabia-Algatech Nutrition has released the results of a recently published clinical study showing that AstaPure Arava may have a beneficial effect on immune system health and well-being. There was a significant reduction in the stress hormone cortisol and positive changes in the gut microbiome. The product is a full-spectrum microalgae complex containing 3% astaxanthin, 50% polysaccharides and fiber, 28% lipids, 14% proteins and a variety of B-complex vitamins and trace elements. The 32 participants completed a psychological mood status assessment profile and a health protocol questionnaire that assessed health status and URTCs, and provided saliva and stool samples to measure cortisol and microbiome balance. They reported significantly fewer URTC complaints – and a better general well-being. In addition, symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose and constipation were reduced by 78% compared to placebo, while global mood status (ie general well-being) was improved by 14%.
In a recently published clinical study, subjects supplemented with Euromed’s natural extract Pomanox showed significantly less hunger and appetite, and greater feelings of satiety, compared to a placebo group. In the preliminary, independent, placebo-controlled study, conducted at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, 28 healthy participants received either 3-week supplementation with Pomanox or a placebo. The results suggest that the participants in the Pomanox group were happier than those given the placebo. Participants were also less hungry during meals after taking Pomanox than those who consumed placebo juice and capsules. Scores of the visual analog scales (VAS), which record subjective sensations, showed significantly lower hunger and appetite and higher feelings of fullness.
Open Book Extracts (OBX) announced the closing of its Series C funding round. Funding secured could range from $20 million to $25 million. The second close of the round was led by the corporate ventures unit of BAT – B tomorrow Ventures (BTV). The investment, which includes other investors, will support ongoing research efforts at OBX, including toxicology, safety and efficacy research on cannabinoid ingredients and finished products. In addition to the funding, OBX and BAT have signed a scientific collaboration agreement covering specific areas of future R&D.
Algae Cal announced its partnership with bone strong, the wellness franchise founded by CEO Kyle Zagrodzky. Osteostrong has 150 locations throughout North America. The Bone Builder package of AlgaeCal, AlgaeCal Plus and Triple Power Omega-3 fish oil supplements can be purchased at the center through a branded display stand. This partnership will launch in 10 US beta stores in October and will expand to additional locations in 2023. AlgaeCal has also set up a dedicated email address and phone number for Osteostrong and its members should they wish to call and speak to the brand’s Bone Health Consultants and learn more.
RedLeaf Biologics, Inc. announced that it has successfully received SQF Level II certification for its Georgetown, KY manufacturing facility. Administered by FMI, The Food Industry Association in the United States, the SQF program is measured against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a global collection of standards and requirements for food companies to practice food safety management with the same high quality standards around the world.
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