News and notes from industry suppliers.

Momence, IL—Calcium fructoborate (CFB), a plant-derived nature-identical ingredient composed of calcium bound to boron, may support various aspects of heart health, according to new research published in Biological Trace Element Research.

SweetenerSteviva Ingredients’s Nectevia is a natural low-calorie replacement for high fructose corn syrup. This stevia enhanced agave syrup has a pH of 4.3–4.8 and is suitable for beverages, baked goods, jams, sauces and more. It has 2.86 calories per gram.

Vegetarian Joint HealthNatreon has launched AyuFlex, a vegetarian and organic joint health ingredient. Derived from Terminalia chebula, this ingredient has been shown to support healthy joint movement and fluidity.

Liquid ExtractsFrutarom BU Health launched EFLAsense, a line of all-natural liquid extracts, “with sensory properties to boost flavor and health benefits” for beverages, confectionary, dairy, bakery and liquid supplements. The line contains natural botanic extracts from flowers (e.g., chamomile, elderflower and orange blossom); leaves (e.g., peppermint, lemon balm and sage); fruits and seeds (e.g., fennel and rose hips) and several herbal blends.

Fish Oil BlendNutegrity now offers OmegaActiv + PL Blend, a combination of Nutegrity’s OmegaActiv omega-3 fish oil (150+ mg), astaxanthin (50 mcg) and phospholipids (180 mg) in one ingredient (500 mg dose). According to the company’s president, Terry Olson, “OmegaActiv + PL Blend fulfills a growing market need for fish oilbased omega-3 phospholipid offerings.”

AstaxanthinNew from Cactus Botanics is astaxanthin raw material. The company says this colorful, lipidsoluble pigment may be the most potent of all antioxidants and supports healthy oxidative balance. Extracted from algae, this astaxanthin is offered in powder and oil forms.

Tasa, one of the largest processers of fish oils in the world, now offers TASA Omega. The product range will include high-quality refined omega-3 fish oils and EE/TG concentrates such as 18/12 fully refined fish oil and 30/20s, 40/20s, 50/20s, 50/10s, 10/50s and other types of concentrates. “We’re building a onestop shop, able to offer a wide range of products from refined to concentrated fish oils,” says the company.

MSM may help deal with allergy symptoms.

A new study from Medicus Research says that MSM may be able to help alleviate allergy symptoms.