Tiziana Ferrari: Faravelli Nutra Division is one of the youngest departments at Faravelli, a company that was founded in 1926 in Milan. The Nutra Division was created almost 10 years ago and, in a decade, it was able to grow and become very active and well positioned in the market. I coordinate a team of valuable professionals that are able to support customers at a commercial and technological point of view.
The division offers food supplements and functional food producers a large portfolio of ingredients coming from international suppliers. The range includes excipients, minerals, yeasts, antioxidants, amino acids, sugars and derivatives, vitamins, proteins, fibres, fatty acids, sweeteners, herbal extracts, weight control agents, cholesterol control actives, immune system boosters and natural carotenoids.
I do agree that the personalisation of nutrition has been indeed a very important trend lately. We have seen that food supplements and functional foods launched in the marketplace are increasingly meant to offer the highest nutritional profile and solutions for very specific concerns, such as bone health, cardiovascular health, healthy ageing and anti-inflammatory actions.
The global population is getting older and living longer, as we all well know, and Italy is currently ranked as the second-oldest country worldwide, with over 29.4% of the population being aged 60 or over.
On the other hand, it looks like Italian seniors are luckier than their counterparts in other countries. According to Niccolo Marchionni, professor of gerontology at the University of Florence, when speaking in Rome at the 2018 national congress of the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics, only over-75s should be considered 'elderly' in Italy, as Italian seniors remain active for longer than what the norm is elsewhere.
Since the population is getting older and living longer, it is very important that people keep feeling good and healthy. A longer life brings new opportunities; however, it all depends on a crucial factor - health and wellness - with bone health being one of the key elements.
As distributors, we are constantly monitoring the global scenario with the aim of anticipating markets' and customers' needs. In Faravelli, we have worked on senior nutrition for a while, focusing our attention on ingredients and combinations of ingredients for targeted and focused needs. Therefore, our range is constantly adding products aimed to address health issues for ageing populations, such as menopause, prostate inflammation, osteopenia and cardiovascular diseases.
Among the products in our portfolio, I would first state Vitamin K2. It supports bone health, heart health and helps in dealing with menopause effects. K2VITAL vitamin is a vitamin K2 product produced by our partner Kappa Bioscience.
Another very interesting ingredient that is specific for male food supplements comes from Ajuga reptans, which is particularly well known for its antibacterial, antimycotic, astringent, diuretic and antineoplastic properties. The most important active ingredient extracted is the phenylpropanoid teupolioside, which has proved to be very helpful in cases of prostate inflammation and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The commercial name for the Ajuga reptans extract is TEUPOL by ABResearch, an Italian biotech company, which developed a biotech platform to produce teupolioside from suspension cell culture. TEUPOL 10P and TEUPOL 25P are the ABR commercial names of the active ingredient teupolioside, titrated at 10% and 25% respectively, and are novel food-authorised ingredients.
I would also highlight ACTEOS 10P from ABResearch. It is the commercial name of the active ingredient verbascoside, titrated at 10%, and extracted and purified from Lippia citriodora suspension cell culture. It has proved to have various biological properties, including antiinflammatory activity and very good effects in the reduction of symptoms in chronic pathologies and conditions affecting the nervous system, while also supporting cognitive health.