Carotech uses a U.S.-patented extraction technology, without organic solvents, to manufacture several ingredients. Tocomin®, a self-affirmed GRAS ingredient (tocotrienol), is known as “the vitamin E of the 21st century.” Another ingredient, Caromin®, is a mixed carotene complex with the highest level of alpha-carotene in the market, says the company, and Stelessterol® is a phytosterol from palm fruits/crude palm oil (Elaeis guineensis). “We have the tocotrienol complex in various forms (oil extract, compressible beadlets, as well as water-dispersible powder) to cater to different applications: supplements (soft gel, tablet and two-piece, hard shell), functional foods and drinks, and last, but not least, cosmetic/skin nutrition,” explains W.H. Leong, vice president of the Edison, N.J.-based company. “All three products are 100% non-GMO, vegetarian and kosher-certified.”
There are two human clinical trials, in progress, dedicated to supporting the beneficial effects of Tocomin SupraBio™ bio-enhanced, natural, full-spectrum palm toco-trienol complex (palm vitamin E). The first, the largest ever on tocotrienols, is a phase 2, three-year study funded by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and the Ministry of Science, Malaysia. It focuses on neuro-protection, or protection against stroke-induced injuries, and cardio-protection in 400 human subjects
Earlier, separate studies, run by Chandan Sen, Ph.D., and his group of researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center, have shown rats supplemented with toco-trienols display less stroke-induced damage, when compared to controls. Their lipid profiles improved, and they had reduced LDL oxidation, among other effects. The scientists will study whether these same conditions occur in humans.
The second randomized, double-blind study is focusing on Tocomin’s effect on preventing or reducing damage on post-surgical scars
Besides dietary supplements, Toco-min can be applied to foods and beverages, such as margarine and spreads, mayonnaise, salad dressings, bakery products, RTE cereals, functional beverages, soup mixes, yogurt, chewing gum and many other foods.
Another GRAS-approved ingredient provided by Carotech is Caromin Natural Palm Mixed Carotene Complex. “Caromin is the only true mixed carotene with the highest level of alpha-carotene in the market. Only Caromin Palm Mixed Carotene has a similar composition as found in carrots: 33% alpha-carotene, 65% beta-carotene and 2% of other carotene (i.e., gamma-carotene, lycopene, etc.),” informed Leong. The mixed carotene enhances the natural yellow hue in applications such as margarines; the color ranges from yellow to orange and provides strong antioxidant and pro-vitamin A properties to the food or beverage. pf