At this year’s SupplySide West, Euromed will showcase recently launched products from its Mediterranean fruit and vegetable extract line designed to support active and healthy ageing. The expanded product range includes lemon and spinach extracts sustainably sourced and processed using proprietary Pure-Hydro Process water-only extraction technology. The technology is designed to preserve natural phytochemicals, avoiding undesirable organic solvent residues. The botanical concentrates are suitable for use in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of immune system support and the need to stay fit and mobile in later life. The Mediterranean diet contains fruits and vegetables abundant in polyphenols, antioxidants and other valuable nutrients, all of which support these health goals. The company has now added lemon and spinach to its existing range of olive, pomegranate, fig and artichoke extracts.
Spisar is a natural extract from Spanish spinach leaves (Spinacia oleracea L.) standardised to 20-hydroxyecdysone and obtained through the company's extraction technology. Spinach’s natural phytohormone ecdysterone is reportedly considered both ergogenic and adaptogenic, allowing it to contribute to the preservation of muscle function. A twelve-week randomised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study (submitted for publication) found that the intake of Spisar in adults in this age group performing physical exercise was associated with beneficial effects in some variables related to muscle function.
Wellemon is an extract from Spanish lemon with a standardised content of the natural flavonoid eriocitrin. Among citrus species, lemons have the highest content of eriocitrin, which is known for its antioxidant and healthy ageing properties. A clinical study reportedly demonstrated eriocitrin has high bioavailability compared to analogues such as hesperidin found in oranges, owing to its superior water-solubility. Concentrations of all metabolites, including hesperetin metabolites, were higher after Wellemon intake, the company says, than after the consumption of orange extract. These findings suggest potential health applications in cardiovascular, metabolic and vascular support.
Andrea Zangara, Head of Scientific Communications & Marketing, said: “Consumers not only want to live to a ripe old age, but also be healthy and fit for as long as possible. Our newly launched and existing Mediterranean fruit and vegetable extracts will help customers meet this market demand. To underline their premium quality and uniqueness, we have also developed a new logo dedicated solely to our Mediterranean line of natural extracts.”
The product lines and supporting clinical studies will be reviewed by Carsten Smidt Ph.D. at the Supply Side West trade show in Las Vegas.