Euromed natural Mediterranean fruit extracts tackle health challenges of ageing

At Vitafoods Asia Euromed will showcase its expanding portfolio of natural extracts that are based on the beneficial ingredients found in the Mediterranean diet

Alongside olive, fig and pomegranate fruit extracts, the leading manufacturer of standardised botanical extracts will present artichoke-derived Cynamed. Visitors to the Euromed booth at Vitafoods Asia 2019 will learn more about the recent scientific results, health benefits and possible applications of these high-quality extracts in pharmaceuticals, functional foods, beverages and nutritional supplements.

The Mediterranean diet is rich in health-promoting ingredients such as unsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols, carotenoids, phytosterols and non-digestible carbohydrates. The most valuable health properties of these food components, such as the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and prebiotic effects, are represented in Euromed’s Pomanox, Mediteano, ABAlife™ and Cynamed food extracts.

Spanish study finds pomegranate and olive extracts support heart health

In a 20-week crossover study at Madrid’s La Paz University Hospital Euromed's extracts with polyphenols (specifically hydroxytyrosol and punicalagin) offered synergistic heart health and blood flow supporting effects in 67 middle-aged, seemingly healthy adults. 1

According to this recently published randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, supplementation with patented Euromed’s natural extracts, Pomanox and Mediteanox, could help to maintain healthy blood pressure, endothelial function and levels of circulating oxidised low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (oxLDL).

Endothelial dysfunction is greatly underdiagnosed in the general middle-aged population, but plays a major role in the early stages of poor blood circulation and is later associated with plaque progression to atherosclerosis and the occurrence of cardiovascular events. This makes the finding of the supplementation even more important, indeed suggesting it may rapidly provide the key Mediterranean diet´s anti-ageing properties, as reported in larger and longer studies.

The hydroxytyrosol in Mediteanox is actually recommended by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as a powerful, heart-friendly antioxidant. 2

Fig extract positively influences blood sugar levels

ABAlife is a patent-pending whole fruit extract produced from figs according to the high-quality standards of Euromed and purified using a carefully controlled process to achieve a high, standardised abscisic acid (ABA) content.

A recently published randomised, double-blind crossover human study from the University of Sydney, Australia, evaluated the efficacy of ABAlife on glucose metabolism blood parameters. 3

The ABA standardised fig extract has shown to improve post-prandial glucose homeostasis, lowering both glucose and insulin responses to a high glucose load. Adaptogen properties of naturally obtained ABA expand to anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties too. 4

A second, larger acute clinical trial is currently ongoing, and a chronic administration study will start next year.

Mediteanox, Pomanox and ABAlife are available in different formats and strengths, and are extracted using safe and eco-friendly, water-only technologies (Pure-Hydro Process).

Cynamed is a water-soluble artichoke extract with significant prebiotic potential that complements artichoke’s traditional digestive benefits. With inulin and caffeoylquinic acids, Cynamed may contribute to a well-balanced gut flora and a healthy digestive tract. A special process preserves the natural characteristics of inulin and makes it ideal for a variety of food and dietary supplement applications.

Interested visitors can get further information from the company’s experts at Booth J35 or during a presentation by Andrea Zangara, Scientific Marketing Manager at Euromed. He will give a lecture in the Life Stages Theatre on Exploring Natural Mediterranean Fruit Extracts to Tackle the Health Challenges of Ageing on 25 September , 3-3:30pm.

Visit Euromed at Vitafoods Asia 2019, Booth J35.

References:

1. Quirós-Fernández R., et al. Nutrients 2019, 11, 640.

2. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU)No432/2012 (May 25th, 2012).

3. Zocchi E, Hontecillas R, Leber A, et al. (2017) Abscisic Acid: A Novel Nutraceutical for Glycemic Control. Front. Nutr. 4:24. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2017.00024

4. Atkinson FS et al.: Nutrients. Abscisic Acid Standardized Fig (Ficus carica) Extracts Ameliorate Postprandial Glycemic and Insulinemic Responses in Healthy Adults. 2019 Jul 31;11(8). pii: E1757.

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