Fruit d’Or Nutraceuticals of Quebec, Canada, released a scientific dossier devoted to cranberry for industry members.
Stephen Lukawski, the firm’s director of global sales and development, believes the dossier, will “help debunk the junk in the cranberry industry and set higher quality standards for both cranberry ingredients and cranberry products.”
The history of cranberry, research about whole cranberry, and information about new cranberry studies are all covered in the document as well as new health applications such as oral care, gut health, cardio health, prostate and skin care.
A key part of the piece are new test methods (like Butonal, DNA barcoding and sequential testing), new testing equipment (like MALTI –TOF) and reference standards such as C-PAC for measuring the potency of proanthocyanidins (PAC) content. Insoluble PAC, says Lukawski, is only found in the press cake of cranberry and not in juice. He believes it is the key to cranberry’s health benefits. Lukawski hopes the standards for C-PAC will soon be officially recognized by USP and AHP.
“Companies will learn that there is new testing equipment available such as which is used for authenticity and preventing adulteration,” Lukawski explains.
Published in WholeFoods Magazine, December 2015 (online 10/25/15)