Our continued focus on providing healthy ingredients is the catalyst for our Nutritional Product offering. Whether your focus is Sports Nutrition, Immune Support or General Well Being, we have ingredients that will be of interest.
Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is a novel vitamin-like compound that acts as an essential active factor in the functioning of mitochondria. However, higher organisms do not seem to biosynthesize PQQ, so the major source in humans is the diet. In addition to its role in mitochondria, PQQ stimulates growth and serves as a cofactor for a special class of enzymes involved in cellular functions including cellular growth, development, differentiation and survival. It also has possible pharmacological effects via activation of AMP-kinase (AMPk). Given the nutritional importance and numerous physiological effects of PQQ, there are many possible clinical applications. The most obvious are those chronic degenerative conditions that revolve around low mitochondrial function and aging, including degenerative neurological disease (e.g., Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease), chronic inflammation, metabolic syndrome and obesity. It also holds promise as a clinical aid for simply improving energy levels and cognition.
The PQQ produced by Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. has been authorised to be placed on the market as Novel Food.
Cluster Dextrin, also called Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin (HBCD) is a new type of carbohydrate for sports nutrition. It is manufactured from corn starch utilizing enzymatic reactions, and it shows high solubility due to uniform molecular weight, despite high molecular weight. In addition, the solution of Cluster Dextrin shows low osmolality and results in fast gastric emptying time. Several studies have been published examining the effectiveness of highly branched cluster dextrin use in sports nutrition, including a swimming endurance study with highly branched cluster dextrin.
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Immuno-LP20®™ is leading natural culture established in Japan where it was developed by a team of leading scientists. Immuno-LP20® is a heat-treated strain of Lactobacillus plantarum (L-137), a lactic acid bacteria commonly found in a wide variety of fermented foods. Immuno-LP20 has a 5 year stability and as a non spore forming ingredient it can easily be used in supplement and powder applications with a dose as low as 50 mg/day. Immuno-LP20, consisting of HK L-137(20%) and dextrin from tapioca origin (80%), is light brown powder free of unfavorable organoleptic properties. It is already being used in health foods, including supplements, powdered drinks and in other applications.
Kohjin OPITAC®™ Glutathione
We know as well that as the body ages, as it is exposed to toxins and pollutants from inside and out, and as it is subject to physical illness and immune system deficiency, the volume of Glutathione maintained in the body decreases dramatically. L-Glutathione Reduced (GSH) is a tripeptide that exists in every cell of the human body. Its function is complex, but it is known that it serves as an antioxidant, and removes free radicals from the body. Supplementation of OPITAC®™ has demonstrated single dose intact absorption of glutathione levels by oral ingestion for the first time.