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.

Maypro Industries’ Bluenesse lemon balm extract is said to reduce anxiety and improve alertness. A high-quality, sustainable natural ingredient, Bluenesse is obtained by water extraction from Melissa officinalis L. leaves. Supported by human clinical research, the recommended dosage is 300 mg/day.

Ingredion Inc. added AQUAMIN marine magnesium to its line. Sourced from the cold, mineral-rich seawaters off the coasts of Iceland and Ireland, the ingredient offers 35% magnesium to support bone and cardiovascular health.

Naturex now offers Pacran Organic, an organic-certified cranberry powder. The company says the ingredient is the “cranberry ingredient of choice” for many urinary tract health supplements. The company says it uses a blend of the whole fruit to deliver full-spectrum results. It is clinically supported and health claim substantiated.

ChromaDex Corp. now offers Niagen nicotinamide riboside (NR), which is similar to vitamin B3. According to ChromaDex, benefits of NR include increased fatty acid oxidation, increased mitochondrial activity, blockage of muscle degeneration and prevention of peripheral neuropathy. NR is also a precursor to NAD+, which improves mitochondrial performance and energy metabolism.

New from Synutra Ingredients are two chondroitin ingredients: ChondroGold (choice of bovine/porcine/avian source material) and ChondroCal. The ingredients are said to be extremely clean, meet USP standards and are guaranteed to be free of aliginic acid. ChondroCal is low-sodium/sodium-free, and ChondroGold has an ultra-low heavy metal breakdown guarantee.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Hadley, MA—A small-animal study has found that stress-induced damage to the gastrointestinal tract may be helped with a vitamin E tocotrienols.


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