The companies Natural Factors, Eu Yan Sang and Natrol Inc. all launched products featuring the immune health ingredient Wellmune®, while Amino GmbH, KD Pharma and Innovative Food Processors Inc. (IFP) rolled out new ingredients for natural product formulators to use in a variety of applications.
The natural health product manufacturer Natural Factors recently launched its Whole Earth & Sea® Pure Food Super Mushroom featuring the ingredient Wellmune, a yeast beta glucan clinically proven to boost immune health. The new product targets consumers looking to promote their health and wellness by enhancing key immune functions to help maintain healthy energy levels, stay healthy during times of stress, and improve overall physical health. Wellmune was also recently featured in Eu Yan Sang’s Healthmune+ Junior, which contains blended prebiotic and probiotic with cocoa powder, as well as Natrol Inc.’s Probiotic Defense+, the first dietary supplement to combine the digestive health benefits of a probiotic and the immune health support of Wellmune.
Amino GmbH launched L-methionine amino acid as a safe and effective active pharmaceutical ingredient and nutritional substance. Amino produces pharmaceutical-grade L-methionine in its facility in Frellstedt, Germany, deriving the crude material from modern biotechnological methods, not through chemical synthesis. The entire L-methionine manufacturing process is free of animal-derived material, and does not use solvents at any point. Given its role in metabolism, L-methionine is used in: total parenteral nutrition (TPN), special dietary products, especially nutrition for metabolic disorders, pharmaceuticals and cell culture media.
KD Pharma introduced its new KD Active Omega-3 concentrate proven to alleviate delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in young adults after exercise (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 2014). The 90-percent omega-3 concentrate may reduce pain related to DOMS at 72 and 96 hours post-exercise by increasing concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in muscle cell walls, which triggers a higher elasticity, flexibility and lower risk of physical damage to muscle tissue during exercise.
And finally, in response to an FDA ruling requiring food manufacturers remove partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) ingredients from products, IFP rolled out a variety of encapsulated food ingredients to replace those formerly utilizing PHO coatings to provide improved freeze-thaw performance. Within the FDA’s 3 year phase-out, food manufacturers must seek out and reformulate products while keeping sensory profiles and performance the same or better to meet consumer expectations. IFP’s non-PHO encapsulated ingredients include, but are not limited to, encapsulated minerals and acidulants such as salt, citric, fumaric, malic and tartaric acids; encapsulated nutraceuticals such as caffeine and ascorbic acid; and encapsulated sodium bicarbonate. IFP’s non-PHO coating systems can be applied to almost any dry, free-flowing food or supplement ingredient.