Mediterranean botanical extracts support healthy ageing

Friday, November 11, 2022 by Euromed

SupplySide West 2022: Euromed presented a range of high purity fruit and vegetable extracts to aid mental health, wellbeing and overall quality of life

Mollet del Vallès (Spain), November 2022: At SupplySide West, Euromed responded to increased consumer demand for plant-based, eco-friendly food supplements by showcasing its extended line of evidence-based Mediterranean fruit and vegetable extracts™. In an ever-ageing society, there is a greater focus on remaining healthy and active into later life. Euromed’s branded specialities are versatile ingredients designed to support these goals: Using proprietary Pure-Hydro Process® water-only extraction technology, natural phytochemicals are preserved and concentrated, while avoiding undesirable organic solvent residues. The showcased ingredients included lemon, spinach, pomegranate, olive, fig and artichoke extracts, all for use in a wide variety of finished products.

The Mediterranean diet contains fruits and vegetables that are abundant in phytochemicals such as the antioxidant polyphenols and other valuable nutrients that are relevant to support human health. Inspired by this nutritional model, Euromed Research and Innovation added lemon and spinach to its existing range of olive, pomegranate, fig and artichoke extracts.

Spisar® consists of Spanish spinach leaves (Spinacia oleracea L.) standardized to 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) and obtained through the eco-friendly Pure-Hydro Process™ extraction technology. Spinach’s phytohormone 20E is considered both ergogenic and adaptogenic. This has proven to be particularly beneficial for those aged 50-plus, in combination with strength training. A twelve-week randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study1 found that the intake of Spisar® in adults in this age group performing physical exercise was associated with beneficial effects in terms of muscle strength, quality and mass.

Wellemon® is an extract from Spanish lemon fruit with a standardized content of the flavonoid eriocitrin. Among citrus species, lemons have the highest content of eriocitrin, which is known for its antioxidant and healthy ageing properties. A clinical study2 demonstrated that eriocitrin has high bioavailability compared to analogues such as hesperidin found in oranges, thanks to its superior water-solubility. Concentrations of all metabolites, including hesperetin metabolites, were higher after Wellemon® intake, then after the consumption of orange extract. This key finding indicates Wellemon® can dose-efficiently deliver all the beneficial properties of citrus bioflavonoids.

Pomegranate and olive
Pomanox® is made from sustainably cultivated Spanish pomegranate fruits and obtained by a patented extraction process based on water. Several published studies support multiple potential healthpromoting properties – from nutricosmetic to cardiovascular health, cognitive performance, appetite regulation and sports nutrition3-6 . Two ongoing clinical studies are further investigating healthy ageing and beauty from within. The olive extract Mediteanox® is standardized in the powerful antioxidant hydroxytyrosol (HT). This polyphenol protects blood lipids from oxidative damage. By preventing oxidation of LDL and consequent accumulation in arteries, olive polyphenols can slow or prevent atherosclerosis. Lipid oxidation is also observed in human skin and leads to issues such as photoageing, therefore HT is also considered beneficial for skin health and beauty. Based on a standardized content of HT, Mediteanox® delivers HT antioxidant properties in practical and patented formats, supported by in vitro, animal and clinical data 7,8

Fig and artichoke
ABAlife® is a patented fig fruit extract standardized in abscisic acid (ABA). Small amounts of the extract (100mg and 200mg) have been shown to lower post-prandial blood glucose and insulin levels, and significantly lower the Glycemic Index (GI) of glucose9 , suggesting it may have metabolic benefits and protect from the detrimental effects of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). Cynamed®, an extract of the edible parts of the artichoke, combines standardized amounts of inulin and polyphenols in one product. The extract has been shown to have bifidogenic prebiotic effects that may support digestive care and improve gut and microbiome health10 .

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