Prepared Foods and its NutraSolutions brand present this annual “Ingredients for Health” reference. It offers market data and information about commercially available ingredients that assist developers and formulators with products that target various health benefits. From ingredients such as chia seed and red tomato for antioxidant supplementation, to the colors, flavors and textures that make nutraceutical products attractive and palatable, this section offers a comprehensive range of new offerings.

The categories are as follows:


Cardiovascular Health

A number of food and drinks come under the umbrella term of cardiovascular health, and not only with the traditional focus on fat and cholesterol reduction. More recently, salt or sodium reduction has been included. Omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, are also now widely associated with heart health, even though they have other physiological benefits. Specific heart-health claims are much less frequently used than other, more general, passive claims, featured on less than 1% of global food and drinks launches in 2012. The U.S., with its relatively high level of interest in heart health, does outperform the global total, however, with heart-health claims used on nearly 2% of launches in 2012. Breakfast cereals were the most popular category for heart-health claims, with nearly 18% of the global total in 2012—ahead of nuts and seeds, which have focused more strongly on a heart-health positioning in recent years. Their share of the global total stood at 4.6%, taking them ahead of juices and juice drinks, dairy alternative drinks and tea, all relatively close together with 4.1, 3.9 and 3.8%, respectively.

 –Lu Ann Williams, Innova Market Insights,,


Phytosterol Solutions

BASF Nutrition & Health is the global leader in plant sterols and sterol esters. A variety of oils and powders make formulating easy. BASF’s plant sterols meet the requirements for Novel Foods approval in Canada and the unqualified FDA approved health claim in the US for plant sterols and reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Clinical studies have demonstrated that a daily intake of 1g to 3g of plant sterols may reduce LDL cholesterol blood levels by up to 15%. BASF’s phytosterols are a safe, natural, effective, non-prescription complement / alternative for cholesterol management and overall heart health. BASF’s phytosterols are GRAS for: breads, breakfast cereals, cheese and cream cheese, confections, cookies and muffins, egg products, ice cream and frozen desserts, juices and smoothies, margarine, mayonnaise, meal replacement products, meat analogs, milk, nutrition bars, pasta, pudding, salad dressings, sauces, snacks, soups, vegetable oils, yogurts and the booming category for snacks.

—BASF Nutrition & Health, 973-245-7858

Lauren Cafiero, Ph.D.,


All-natural Ribose

Bioenergy Ribose is a patent-protected, all-natural, functional ingredient.  It already is popular in various beverages and supplements and is attracting more food manufacturers. Bioenergy Ribose is compatible with many ingredients, easily soluble, slightly sweet, and stable.  It has been successfully added to a variety of bakery, dairy, cereal, confectionary and beverage products.  Ribose is a 5-carbon monosaccharide that regulates the body's natural process of energy synthesis. Ribose helps muscles regenerate lost energy and potentially helps to minimize any physiological consequences of a supply versus demand energy mismatch.  The safety of Bioenergy Ribose is evidenced by its GRAS status (including a “no questions letter” from the FDA).

—Bioenergy Life Science Inc., 763-746-3944

Mark Johnson, VP-Sales, Functional Foods


Grape Seed Extract

Studies show that Polyphenolics’ MegaNatural-BP grape seed extract helps to reduce blood pressure by relaxing blood vessel walls. In the results of a recent randomized double blind, placebo-controlled study, published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Nutrition Sciences, UC Davis researchers describe how grape seed extract significantly lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure among 32 pre-hypertensive adults after just eight weeks. MegaNatural-BP was chosen for use in this study. “This study showed that the extract when administered orally at a dose of 300 mg daily resulted in a significant reduction in blood pressure,” commented lead researcher C. Tissa Kappagoda, professor, director Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, UC Davis. While acknowledging that the study was small, the researchers commented that this is evidence that the polyphenolic compounds present in grape seed extract, “could form the non-pharmaceutical basis for managing hypertension.”

—Polyphenolics, 559-661-5548,


Antioxidants, Palm Tocotrienols

Sytrinol is a safe, effective ingredient that supports healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and has been shown in research to positively influence these levels in 30 days. Sytrinol is comprised of a blend of powerful antioxidants including polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs)—tangeretin and nobiletin—and a range of palm tocotrienols (alpha, delta and gamma). Multiple clinical trials demonstrated that Sytrinol reduced total cholesterol by 30%; while LDL cholesterol was reduced by 27%, and triglycerides were reduced by 34% when compared to placebo.

—Proprietary Nutritionals Inc., 519-647-2071,


Salmon Oil

Now available in softgels, Roxlor’s OmeGo is a unique salmon oil with a wide spectrum of beneficial components. Standard fish oils focus only on Omega 3 fatty acids and most particularly, on DHA and EPA. However, there are many other important health components found in salmon than just Omega 3s. Because OmeGo is not distilled and never oxidized, the Omega 5, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids remain intact. The astaxanthin and natural vitamins found in salmon also are present in OmeGo. This provides not only the benefits of Omega 3, but also the heart, cholesterol, blood sugar, skin and antioxidant benefits of the other components as well. OmeGo has been shown in both animal and human clinical studies to reduce markers of oxidized LDL-GP. Oxidized LDL-GP has been shown to be a more accurate marker for cardiovascular disease than LDL levels alone. Studies with OmeGo have also shown it to be more effective than DHA, fish oil and krill oil in lowering oxidized LDL-GP.

—Roxlor International LLC, 302-778-4166


Mineral Salts

Jungbunzlauer’s highly bioavailable mineral salts have outstanding properties and are an ideal mineral source in food, beverages and dietary supplements. Tripotassium Citrate helps to maintain normal blood pressure levels, while Trimagnesium Citrate contributes to a healthy functioning of the heart muscle. Jungbunzlauer invited Supply Side West 2013 attendees to visit the company’s booth and learn how “Help Your Heart” PowerCaps provide the essential minerals that support heart health.

–Jungbunzlauer, 617-969-0900, www.


Cherries: Superfruit Power

Tart cherries unique sweet-tart flavor is not only a growing taste preference for consumers, but it is also a cue for their dense nutrient profile. This red hot super fruit is packed with rich compounds called anthocyanins, the phytonutrients responsible for cherries’ bright red color. It’s the anthocyanins that have been linked to reducing muscle damage and reduced inflammation associated with arthritis, gout and heart disease. Available year-round in dried, frozen and juice forms, tart cherries are a versatile ingredient to include as part of any diet.

—Cherry Marketing Institute,


Vegetarian DHA Source

Lonza offers DHAid, a concentrated and purely vegetarian source of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  It is produced from a proprietary strain of microalgae through a controlled fermentation process.  DHAid is an environmentally friendly source of DHA as it is manufactured using renewable resources. DHA is a type of omega-3 fatty acid that is used by our body as a building block for cell membranes and thus plays an important role in membrane fluidity, flexibility and permeability.  Various scientific studies demonstrate that a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, correlates with heart health.  DHAid is available in liquid and powder forms, non-allergenic, free of potential contaminants, uses no chemical solvents for production and is GRAS affirmed.

—Lonza Inc., 800-365-8324,


EPA, DHA Source

MEG-3 is the most trusted source of EPA and DHA omega-3 from fish oil. MEG-3 is purified for safety, concentrated for potency and naturally sourced from clean, omega-3 rich ocean fish. MEG-3 benefits the whole body by providing EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids that a body can absorb and use easily. Meg-3 fish oil has been added to consumer products worldwide. In fact, many manufacturers use the MEG-3 logo on their label food, beverage and supplement labels.

—DSM Nutritional Products Inc., 800- 526-0189 or


Lycopene Benefits

Lycopene belongs to the carotenoid family and is a powerful carotenoid quencher of singlet oxygen, being 100 times more efficient in test tube studies than Vitamin E. Lycopene has been reported to significantly lower LDL oxidation in human blood. This suggests that lycopene might have an importance in preventing heart disease, which involves oxidized LDL cholesterol. Lycopene is concentrated in certain organs of the body, and in particular the prostate gland. Several studies have linked lycopene with a lower risk of prostate cancer.  The Washington Count study, found that men with the most lycopene in their blood halved their risk of prostate cancer compared to those with the least. For those under 70 years old, the benefit was even greater. Allied Biotech Corp. manufactures lycopene under the Lycotene brand name, which is offered in both liquid and powdered forms.

—Lugo Nutrition Inc., 302-573-2503 or


Norwegian Fish Oils

GC Rieber Oils selected Novel Ingredient Services as an exclusive U.S. distributor. GC Rieber Oils is a premier supplier of Norwegian fish oils, specializing in high-quality omega 3 concentrates in both TG (triglyceride) and EE (ethyl ester) forms, which offer concentration levels ranging from 60% to 90% total omega-3s.  The company also has pioneered such innovative products as pure salmon oil concentrate and 70 DHA Ultra, which provides the highest concentration of natural DHA on the market. GC Rieber Oils’ state-of-the-art cleaning technologies remove or reduce environmental pollutants, cholesterol, and oxidation. The company is fully approved under ISO 9001 with HACCP certification.

—Novel Ingredient Services, 866-668-3550,



Reduce Sodium

Sodium chloride (NaCl) is an essential nutritional ingredient. However, excess consumption can cause serious health problems. Many worldwide health experts recommend that the average daily consumption be reduced by at least 30%, resulting in consumer demand for healthier options.  SPRINGER yeast extracts can replace up to 30% of salt in recipes for soups, sauces and dressings.  The Springer 2000 range of yeast extracts, with its natural nucleotide content, provides an intense umami taste and functions as an efficient clean- label alternative to MSG in many savory foods including snacks. Bio Springer manufactures a yeast extract containing 20% natural I+G, which is the highest nucleotide level that can be achieved naturally, offering an even stronger umami taste, particularly suitable in formulations requiring replacement of high MSG content. The Springer 2000 range is produced locally at Bio Springer’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plant. SPRINGER yeast extracts boost the flavor of foods without significant modification to flavor profiles. The flavor intensity of foods is reinforced, resulting in less need for added salt.

—Bio Springer, 866-424-1158


Sprout Powders

The SproutGarden family of sprout powders represents the pinnacle of sprout science.  FutureCeuticals’ sprouts are expertly grown in house, harvested at the peak of the sprouting process, and flash-dried in order to ensure maximum potency.  Studies indicate SproutGarden sprouts can offer distinct nutrient and formulation advantages over seeds and mature plants. SproutGarden ingredients are perfect for applications including healthy heart, healthy digestion, healthy glucose metabolism, fibers and proteins, and healthy antioxidant status whether in capsules or tablets, RTDs and RTMs, or baking applications. Nutrient-dense and low in heavy metals, SproutGarden sprouts also are the perfect platform for greens formulations.

—FutureCeuticals Inc., 888-452-6853

Hartley Pond, VP-technical sales,