Brand new: Lactoferrin-enriched milk, Swisse's grape seed extract, Dabur in the spotlight

By Tingmin Koe

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See new developments from brands such as Jatenergy, Swisse, and Dabur India. ©Getty Images
See new developments from brands such as Jatenergy, Swisse, and Dabur India. ©Getty Images

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In this round-up, we look at new developments from both big and local brands, such as Australia's Jatenergy's launch of lactoferrin-enriched milk powder, Swisse's plans to roll out supplements with upcycled grape seed extract, and Dabur India's COVID-19 clinical trial with its ayurvedic supplement.
Milk powder for immune health: Jatenergy launches new probiotic, lactoferrin dairy range

Jatenergy has developed two new lactoferrin-enriched milk powder products​ as market interest in immune-strengthening functional foods continue to grow amid COVID-19.

Said to be the first-of-its-kind, one of the new products is a lactoferrin-enriched camel milk sold under the brand ‘Auveno’ for children.

Another product is an a2 milk powder designed for children 3 to 14 years old, it is sold under the newly developed brand ‘Abbeyard’.

Less wine waste: Swisse to launch products containing upcycled grape seed extract in 2021

Health and wellness powerhouse Swisse plans to roll out dietary supplements and skincare products containing upcycled grape seed extract​ derived from Australia’s wine-producing industry.

The project has been undertaken collaboration with the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), Swinburne University of Technology, Viridi Innovation and Austeng.

It will utilise surplus Australian fruit and vegetables streams, such as grape marc (skins and seeds) and transform into nutraceutical ingredients like grape seed extract, sought after for its collagen, skin and antioxidant functions.

Immunity advice for pharmacists: Blackmores publishes whitepaper on nutrition and supplement guidelines

Blackmores has published a new whitepaper​ on nutrition guidelines for strengthening the immune system, preventing and treating respiratory tract infections – designed specifically for pharmacists.

Titled “Immunity in a viral world: The role of nutrients and herbs”, the whitepaper provides an introduction to supplements including vitamin C, D, zinc, as well as herbal medicines andrographis, echinacea, pelargonium, elderberry, and garlic. 

Developed specifically for pharmacists and the wider health professional community, it provides guidelines on the three instances when the herbs or supplements should be taken. They are 1) protection and prevention, 2) treatment of symptoms or infection, and 3) recovery and care.

Bright future: VitaHealth eyes growing opportunity with vision care supplements as screen time soars

VitaHealth is tapping into growing demand​ among Singapore’s myopic population to push sales of its eye health supplements, with screen use increasing as more people work from home and join virtual meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Singapore is often labelled ‘myopia capital of the world’, with Dr Lam Pin Pin, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Health stating the prevalence is 65% in primary school students, and rises to 83% in young adults.

By 2050, it is projected that 80 to 90% of all Singaporean adults above 18 years old will be myopic and 15 to 25% of these individuals may have high myopia​,” he said.

COVID-19 and Ayurveda trial: FMCG giant Dabur India to trial flagship formula on 600 people

Ayurvedic supplement and FMCG giant Dabur India is conducting a three-month clinical trial​ to test if its chyawanprash formula could help prevent healthy individuals from contracting COVID-19.

Chyawanprash is an ayurvedic herbal supplement commonly consumed in India. It has a fruit jam-like consistency and contains more than 41 ayurvedic herbs that are said to stimulate the immune system. The ingredients include the Indian gooseberry – a rich source of vitamin C, brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), and gokshura (tribulus terrestris).

Dabur India is a market leader in the category and enjoys more than 60% of the market share. Other companies producing chyawanprash include Himalaya Wellness, Baidyanath, and Emami Group.

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