Other textures, including hydrogels and hydrodispersion gels are possible too
SternLife has introduced five concepts for dietary supplement powders aimed at improving immune health.
The supplement concepts reportedly help to enable EFSA health claims and can be adjusted to suit different target groups and individual requirements, such as taste.
The first concept is called Immune Support, and incorporates zinc and vitamins A,C,D and E. It’s also designed to prevent infections with anti-inflammatory as well as antiviral plant extracts such as green tea, kudzu and elderberry. The powder can be prepared as a hydrodispersion gel. As such, after mixing with a liquid, it forms a jelly-like film that covers the mucous membranes in the throat and provides the active ingredients gradually via slow release.
The next concept, Immune Protect, targets common cold infections with composition of vitamins, minerals and selected plant extracts. Quercetin, green tea, liquorice root and the Ayurvedic medicinal plant Andrographis paniculate effect anti-inflammatory action to help reduce cough, fever, headache and sore throat.
The Natural Immunity concept is based entirely on plant-derived ingredients, combining vitamins and minerals from seven plant sources. It includes extracts from acerola, quinoa and curry leaf. The Immune Gut concept is based on a combination of vitamins, minerals, dietary fibres, amino acids and human milk oligosaccharides, aiming to support the intestinal immune system.
Lastly, Immune Senior targets four triggers of age-related immune deficiency: nutrient deficits, inflammation, oxidative stress and imbalanced gut flora. It includes proteins, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, prebiotics, plus anti-inflammatory green tea extract and antioxidant whey protein isolate.
Dr Jörg Schreiber, Business Development Manager at SternLife, said: “Our new immunity range shows that there are several starting points for a healthy immune system. The concepts are precisely tailored towards different target groups and their individual needs. This enables manufacturers of dietary supplements to stand out from the competition. The products contain ingredients which are backed by science and are health claims approved. They are also free from alcohol and preservatives – ticking more boxes for the increasing number of consumers who are looking for clean labels.”