This round-up features new innovations in the Indian market with a focus on botanicals and plant-based ingredients to address liver, lung, cognitive health issues, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as the growth potential of the hemp industry.
A New Zealand frozen smoothy drop company is aiming to expand its retail presence into more supermarkets, as well as entering the organic food retail scene, after receiving a funding boost and an award win.
India’s Ayurveda nutraceuticals and medicines industry players have welcomed efforts by ministers and the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote the safe and effective use of traditional medicines, but has also urged for clearer regulatory guidelines.
South Korea is promoting the cultivation and use of homegrown botanicals – including liquorice, radish and astragalus – to create new functional foods, with officials believing COVID-19 will increase demand for these products.
A number of nutraceutical companies from the US and Europe, including algae omega-3 maker Qualitas Health and botanical-based supplement firm Legacy Healthcare, are tapping into the fast-growing nutraceutical market in India.
An ingredient made from alpinia galanga – a plant from the ginger family – has shown to increase mental alertness and sleep quality without causing side effects such as cardiovascular problems in a 12-week RCT.
Pharmako Biotechnologies has had the patent for its LipiSperse technology approved by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), opening the door for the firm to develop novel formulations for lipid-soluble compounds.
Tighter regulation is needed, in addition to advancements in science and technology, to stamp out adulteration in botanical extracts, says Ryan Gorman, brand director of Network Nutrition, a provider of plant-derived ingredients.
UK firm Sibelius Natural Products is making significant headway in the APAC region with its signature Sibelius : Sage extract and supplements, having recently received approval for sale in Taiwan after entering Australia last year.
Maple leaf extract may have anti-aging effects including the prevention of wrinkle formation by interfering with the breakdown of elastin proteins in the skin, researchers from the University of Rhode Island reported.