Vegetarian DRcaps capsules from Capsugel. DRcaps are made from hydroxypropl methylcellulose (HPMC), and dissolve slower than traditional HPMC capsules. Capsules safeguard ingredients from dissolving immediately in stomach acid; contents are protected for at least 30 minutes in a gastric pH of 1.2 and release in a pH of 6.8. The product is said to decrease the aftertaste of ingredients.

FutureCeuticals has launched elemin, plant-derived minerals that are said to be highly digestible and bioavailable. Elemin is cold-water extracted from senonian vegetate and is Non-GMO, comes in a powdered form, which pairs well with a bevy of beverage, functional food and supplement applications. Elemin also has been certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

For years, WholeFoods Magazine has shined a light on natural products companies that market some of the country’s best top-selling products and has honored them with a Natural Choice Award. This year is no different. Once again, we are proud to honor some of the many excellent products that the natural products industry calls its own.

Many regulatory changes are percolating in the natural products industry. Leaders from several industry associations and nonprofits offer some insight about what could be in store for companies in the near future.

OptiPure Technologies has launched IncaCartilago, a high-quality chondroitin that offers targeted benefits for bone and joint health. According to studies, this Humboldt squid-derived chondroitin enhances the production of collagen; enhances osteoblastic and osteocalcin formation, replication and expression; and selectively binds to midkines (which are responsible for pain sensation).

Ingredia Nutritional has launched a new series of hydrolysates and proteins. The Nutritional Solutions proteins come from fresh milk through a non-naturing process. The proteins have low bitterness and are suitable for several applications.

Icon Group, LLC (a NutraGenesis affiliate company) introduces TrimElite for weight management and metabolic wellness. According to the company, TrimElite has substantiated structure–function claims for weight management, satiety, appetite control, thermogenesis, heart health, blood sugar balance, stress reduction and mood enhancement. TrimElite is made of two proprietary weight management ingredients that are each supported by human trials.