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Harnessing the Power of Matcha (Podcast)

Takeaways

  • Matcha is an 800 year old ingredient
  • It’s uniqueness comes from its color, flavor, and texture.
  • Full of amazing health benefits

What are the health benefits of Matcha?

  • Amazing Antioxidant
  • High in Alkaline
  • Aids in digestion
  • Superfood (By Most Measurements)
  • 30% Protein & Fiber
  • Loaded with Vitamins & Minerals

Where is Matcha Tea traditionally grown?

High quality Matcha is sourced from Japan in the town of Nishio.

What Factors affect quality?

The factors that affect quality are the growing regions, soil conditions, weather conditions, and also the experience of the farmers.

Podcast: Dosage & Delivery Drive Innovation in the Joint Health & Anti-Inflammation Category

Consumers are seeking out convenient and enjoyable formulas to support joint health and inflammation. Powders, shakes, shots, and ready-to-drink mixes are popular delivery formats in the category, however leading ingredients offering support may not always be conducive to novel delivery systems.

This dilemma led Pharmako Biotechnologies and its exclusive U.S. distributor and partner Gencor to develop innovative bioavailable formulas for the joint health and inflammation categories. In this interview, R.V. Venkatesh, managing director for Gencor, and Eric Meppem, director of Pharmako Biotechnologies, discuss the benefits of bioavailable HyrdoCurc curcumin, as well as Levagen and Levagen+ palmitoylethanolamide (PEA).

Marine Ingredients: Sourcing from the Sea

Virtually all scientists believe that life on Earth originated in the sea billions of years ago. If one accepts this premise, it comes as no surprise that the sea and other waters of the world continue to produce natural ingredients that enhance health and contribute to an active, vibrant lifestyle.

The first, of course, is fresh water itself, which humans need for drinking and to provide—via evaporation, rain, and irrigation—the moisture needed to nourish vegetation, forestation, and cultivated crops. Within the foreseeable future, it’s possible people will use the salted sea for the majority of drinking water, too, thanks to desalinization efforts around the globe.

Other health-giving substances from the sea include many thousands of varieties of plant and animal matter that grace dinner tables, providing essential macro- and micronutrients. And then there are specialized oils, extracts and more that have become critical components of the marine ingredients segment of the broader nutraceutical industry.

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A deep look at sleep-promoting ingredients (Podcast)

Research has shown the many benefits sleep has for every target demographic, but research has not shown that dietary ingredients can cause rid consumers of insomnia or put them to sleep faster. But perhaps, that shouldn’t be the goal of botanicals, vitamins and minerals, according to Michael Grandner, Ph.D., director of the sleep and health research program and an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry in the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Instead, supplements and functional foods help consumers optimize the rebuilding and recovery aspects of sleep. In this podcast, Grandner talks with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, about nutrition and sleep, including:

  • Why most consumers are taking melatonin incorrectly
  • How energizing ingredients, such as vitamin B12, can help benefit sleep
  • The problem with current research on dietary ingredients’ ability to promote sleep and where researchers can better spend their time.

This podcast was recorded at the annual conference held by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), which was held in Dana Point, California, in October 2018.

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New insights on lutein and cognition

Cognition is described as the ability to think, learn and remember. As people age, the brain naturally changes, affecting memory, learning and other cognitive functions. Some older adults suffer from mild cognitive impairment, in which they have more memory or thinking problems than other people their age. Dementia is the loss of cognitive function and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with daily life. Memory loss, though common, is not the only sign. A person may also have problems with language skills, visual perception or paying attention.

Dementia comes in different forms, although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form in people over the age of 65. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss, possibly leading to the inability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers Alzheimer’s and dementia a growing health epidemic with profound social and economic implications, especially given the current trends of an aging population. The number of older people in the United States with Alzheimer’s is projected to grow to 13.8 million by 2050, a nearly three-fold increase from 4.7 million in 2010.

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Ingredients to support cognitive performance and mood

The nootropics industry is growing and changing, with an increasing array of products formulated for specific conditions. Elyse N. Lovett, marketing manager, Kyowa Hakko U.S.A. Inc. attributes this to growing knowledge about “the synergistic effects of ingredients and stronger health claims made when formulating with multiple ingredients.”

Aging adults are most interested in preventing memory loss and cognitive decline. However, Lovett has seen a shift with “focus, attention and concentration becoming more attractive as aging Boomers become more active.”

Development and Performance

Maintaining focus can be challenging in a fast-paced society with multiple ways to reach people and many digital devices vying for one’s attention. Choline, Bacopa monnieri, inositol-stabilized arginine silicate and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) help cognitive performance.

Choline helps synthesize cell membranes and neurotransmitters including acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is necessary for various aspects of brain and nervous system functioning, including memory and mood.1,2 Most people consume less than the adequate intake (AI) for choline,3 and though the body makes this nutrient, it isn’t made in sufficient quantities.4 Good or excellent sources of choline include beef, poultry, soybeans and eggs. 5 Though long considered for its potential to attenuate degenerative and vascular cognitive decline, citicoline (CDP-choline) is an ingredient making waves in younger populations, as well. According to Lovett, Kyowa Hakko as a proprietary form of citicoline “clinically studied to support mental energy, focus, and attention in adolescents and adults.”

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New research on curcumin’s health benefits

The big question about turmeric and curcumin asks how long its explosive growth will last. Will this superstar spice ingredient sustain its popularity and reach omega-3 status or fade into the background as a once-hot natural product trend? Thanks to the wide body of data generated in recent years, curcumin’s benefits categories have broadened substantially.

Sports nutrition is an up-and-coming benefit sector for curcumin, especially in light of its potential to reduce inflammation and soreness caused by strenuous exercise. The antioxidant benefits of curcumin and its ability to modulate inflammatory pathways underscores its potential as an adjunct to recovery.1

In a recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, curcumin was shown to be an effective supplement for recovery after strenuous exercise.2 An additional study also reported a reduction in 24-hour pain scores as well as increased muscle performance after a muscle-damaging exercise.3

Curcumin is also finding potential in heart health, where the effects of its anti-inflammatory properties are being researched. Recently, a highly bioavailable form of curcumin was studied in a healthy population to examine its role in endothelial function, which plays a critical role in cardiovascular health.4 Curcumin’s direct impact on healthy circulation was measured using flow mediated dilation (FMD).

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed supplementing with 200 mg of curcumin had a clinically meaningful impact on potentially reducing cardiovascular disease by up to 50 percent in healthy individuals.

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Krill oil for heart health

The market for heart health supplements is thriving. According to Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) data, the market for heart health ingredients has the potential to reach more than US$3 billion by 2020. With that in mind, there are many options for consumers seeking out heart health products.

Omega-3s are considered a strong contender in this market. In fact, research has shown long-chain omega-3s support healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, normal blood clotting processes, as well as a regular heartbeat, all of which contribute to keeping both the heart and its arteries healthy.1,2 The anti-inflammatory nutrients found in omega-3s can help balance the body’s level of inflammation, promoting overall health and wellness.3

Every person’s omega-3 needs are different and the amount of EPA and DHA one would need to take to raise their Omega-3 Index into the target range will vary. Not all omega-3s are created equal. They vary in structure and function, and only marine-based omega-3s (or long-chain omega-3s) contain EPA and DHA.

Krill oil provides EPA and DHA mainly in the form of phospholipids. The body immediately recognizes phospholipid omega-3s and incorporates them into the cells before carrying them to the tissues and organs that need them the most, such as the heart. On the contrary, other sources of omega-3s are delivered as triglycerides and must be processed in the liver before they can be taken up by the cells and used by the body. Therefore phospholipid-bound omega-3s, like krill oil, raise one’s omega-3 index more efficiently as compared to other omega-3 oils.4

In addition to omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, krill contains the essential nutrient choline, which is crucial for cell structure, function, and signalling.5 Choline is found to positively contribute to cardiovascular, liver and cognitive health. Furthermore, the astaxanthin found in krill oil helps keep its omega-3s naturally fresh and stable.

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Hemp and CBD reportedly will be officially legalized in Farm Bill

Although the Congressional committee reconciling competing U.S. Senate and House versions of the Farm Bill are tight-lipped about the exact language that’s been agreed upon, it sounds like the bill, now expected to be signed next week, will legalize industrial hemp.

That spells good news for purveyors of hemp-derived CBD.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who made sure he sat on the Congressional reconciliation committee, tweeted that CBD will continue its extraordinary trajectory.

“Thanks for your hard work, @SenPatRoberts,” tweeted McConnell, “for our farmers, rural communities and all Americans. Pleased that my provision to legalize industrial hemp is included in the Farm Bill.”

This was confirmed by two other reconciliation committee members, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), according to a Bloomberg Government reporter, also on Twitter.

The hemp provision reportedly will remove hemp from the federal list of controlled substances, and hemp farmers will be able to apply for crop insurance. Hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent THC. The bill would push hemp regulations both to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and not the Department of Justice as well as to individual states to decide whether or not they want to go forward with commercializing hemp and hemp products including CBD. States can either develop their own plans or just abide by federal regulations that are to be developed by the USDA.

Farmers in the U.S. have planted more than 77,000 acres in 2018, according to Vote Hemp, about three times the amount grown in 2017.

The farm bill removes CBD from the Controlled Substances Act, thereby removing the DEA from enforcing – mistakenly or not – CBD products. However, the farm bill does not change requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which means CBD is still subject to FDA regulations. Keeping the FDA involved – outside of its role as regulator of dietary supplements – still maintains an element of risk to CBD businesses.

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New research on curcumin’s health benefits

The big question about turmeric and curcumin asks how long its explosive growth will last. Will this superstar spice ingredient sustain its popularity and reach omega-3 status or fade into the background as a once-hot natural product trend? Thanks to the wide body of data generated in recent years, curcumin’s benefits categories have broadened substantially.

Sports nutrition is an up-and-coming benefit sector for curcumin, especially in light of its potential to reduce inflammation and soreness caused by strenuous exercise. The antioxidant benefits of curcumin and its ability to modulate inflammatory pathways underscores its potential as an adjunct to recovery.1

In a recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, curcumin was shown to be an effective supplement for recovery after strenuous exercise.2 An additional study also reported a reduction in 24-hour pain scores as well as increased muscle performance after a muscle-damaging exercise.3

Curcumin is also finding potential in heart health, where the effects of its anti-inflammatory properties are being researched. Recently, a highly bioavailable form of curcumin was studied in a healthy population to examine its role in endothelial function, which plays a critical role in cardiovascular health.4 Curcumin’s direct impact on healthy circulation was measured using flow mediated dilation (FMD).

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed supplementing with 200 mg of curcumin had a clinically meaningful impact on potentially reducing cardiovascular disease by up to 50 percent in healthy individuals.

As the buzz around turmeric and its active component, curcumin, continues to spread, market opportunities for these popular ingredients are expanding.

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