News and notes from industry suppliers.

OmniActive Health Technologies has brought CurcuWIN Turmeric Extract (20% curcuminoids) to market. CurcuWIN “provides highly bioavailable curcuminoids in the ratio in which they are naturally found in turmeric.” The ingredient was made with a molecular dispersion process for enhanced solubility and bioavailability.

Enzymotec Ltd. offers the Omega PC line of omega-3 products. Omega PC is a wild fish cold extract containing omega-3 fatty acids bound to phospholipids and triglycerides. According to Enzymotec, Omega PC better preserves the natural nutrient profile that is found in fish. This form may also offer better omega-3 absorption.

LycoRed offers a micro-encapsulated beadlet line of natural carotenoids and vitamins. The starch beadlet formulations are free-flowing and suitable for tableting (won’t leak after direct compression), and the coating is water-soluble. The starch beadlets are available with lycopene, beta carotene, lutein, vitamin D and A-acetate.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Nutrition Research has published one of the largest studies on the benefits of krill oil to date. The research was conducted on a branded krill ingredient (Superba, from Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS, based in Oslo, Norway).

Ankeny, IA—Industry supplier Embria (maker of immune health ingredient EpiCor) has released new data showing that cold and flu symptoms get in the way of intimacy in the bedroom.

Landing, NJ—New data published in PLoS One suggest that a branded curcumin (BCM-95 from Dolcas Biotech, based here) may have some positive effects on cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Researchers hypothesize the nutrient sensitizes cells to chemotherapeutics so the treatment is more effective and may also have some direct effects on cancer cells.

Curcumin is well known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Because it is not soluble, its uses have been limited, but HerbaKraft has recently developed Curcusol, a concentrated and more soluble extract of curcumin. Curcusol can be included in a variety of functional foods such as health beverages, as well as capsules.