Supplier Briefs: May 2016

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Bergstrom Nutrition of Vancouver, WA, released a report titled, MSM Immune Health Science Brief, which summarizes the research supporting how methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) benefits immune health. Key messaging explains how MSM mitigates inflammation by reducing inflammatory markers, modulates a healthy immune response, reduces oxidative stress, improves oxidative status and reduces seasonal allergies.

The Cranberry Quality Assurance (CQA) program has been introduced by Stephen Lukawski, vice president of RS Specialty Ingredients and director of business development and global sales for Fruit d’Or Nutraceuticals, along with leading experts in the nutraceutical industry “to ensure ultimate consumer safety in the widening variety of natural whole food cranberry and cranberry juice supplements aimed at urinary tract, oral and gut health.” The program, intended to ensure quality in the cranberry market, includes fingerprint analysis for identification via MALTI-DOF; DNA sequential bar coding for authenticity; analysis for adulteration via MALTI-DOF; standardization of biomarkers such as proanthocyanidins; and anti-adhesion testing to establish efficacy. Products passing all five tests will earn the right to bear the CQA logo.

Axiom Foods of Los Angeles, CA, announced it is holding back prices for Oryzatein for the second-straight year. The company says that with production capabilities at nearly double the 2015 capacity, “we are able to help rice protein take its rightful place as the third most abundant protein source, behind soy and whey.”

Bradenton, FL-based HP Ingredients announced two regulatory and safety reviews that will help marketers of its LJ 100 ingredient for sports performance, maintaining high free testosterone levels, enhancing sexual function and promoting overall wellbeing, mood state and hormonal health. Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy reviewed 56 studies on the ingredient and found, “The available information supports the safety of LJ 100 at the intake level of 200 mg per day.” The report also states that several investigators have found increased serum testosterone and DHEA concentrations when LJ100 was administered at doses of approximately 200 mg/day or more.

Nattopharma of Oslo, Norway, announced that a newly published study from the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that “vitamin K2 as MenaQ7 can be delivered and is highly bioavailable through yogurt and soft gel capsules, making the nutrient safe, effective and available to an even larger population.” This study builds on previous similar findings on MenaQ7 Pure.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine May 2016