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:


Energy/Sports Performance

There has been rising interest in energy and sports performance in recent years, as it has moved out of the more specialist domain of sportsmen, athletes and bodybuilders and into the mainstream of generally active lifestyles. Sports and performance lines have created rising demand for protein products, particularly whey and dairy proteins, while a wide range of other ingredients are used in energy products. These are led by caffeine, taurine, B-vitamins, calcium and guarana. While sports and energy drinks have been the most high-profile face of developments in this area, there have been launches of food and drinks products with sports/recovery and energy/alertness claims across the market, featuring on 1.7% of global launches in 2012, with soft drinks accounting for more than 40% of those. Just above 80% of those soft drinks were actually sports or energy drinks, with other lines including water, juices/juice drinks and iced tea.

–Lu Ann Williams, Innova Market Insights,,         


Enhance Performance

ViNitrox has been developed by Nexira to specifically answer the demands of athletes in search of natural dietary supplements. ViNitrox is a unique and proprietary synergistic combination of apple and grape polyphenols. It offers a number of exceptional sports nutrition properties including enhanced and lasting performance. Nexira’s latest clinical study* on 50 athletes, 25 to 45 years old, demonstrated that 500 mg/day of ViNitrox improves physical capabilities: Increases physical training time by 10% and delays the fatigue barrier by 13%. Vinitrox can be used in numerous forms: beverages, bars, tablets, capsules, gels, etc. (* Double-blind, crossover, placebo controlled study).

—Nexira Inc., 908-707-9400

Teresa Yazbek, VP Americas,


Energy, Clarity

Watson’s Clarity premix offers a satisfying energy boost to beverages without using caffeine, guarana, and other typical energy drink ingredients that are viewed to be harmful to health. Most people who are over 55 years old do not show interest in energy drinks due to safety concerns regarding their health, but 78% of the individuals in this age group consume coffee.  Energy drinks mainly appeal to those 18 to 34 years old, but Clarity is safe and effective for both populations.  Clarity provides optimal mental focus, as it contains choline and vitamin B5 that combine to form a neurotransmitter, acetalcholine. The B vitamins in the premix convert carbohydrates from the agave syrup into energy and since this energy is released slowly, energy is maintained for a longer period of time.  Clarity contains the percent daily value of niacin of 25%, 150% of pyridoxine, 100% of vitamin B12, 25% of pantothenic acid, 50% of biotin and folic acid, and 0.63% of sodium.

—Watson, Inc., 800-388-3481


Secret to Better Energy

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,


Powerful Powder

Nutri Sperse nutritional bases are much more than basic fat and oil powders. They deliver up to 70% lipids derived from a selection of premium, non-hydrogenated oil sources; and are readily and reliably dispersible across a spectrum of hot and cold aqueous applications. Nutri Sperse powders bring creamy texture and functionality to products where liquid oils are not welcome. These bases are ideal foundations to create nutritional beverages and/or replace hydrogenated oil based shortening powders in food applications. They were designed for low- and no-carbohydrate applications, but also work well in no/low trans-fat formulas.  Applications include nutritional beverages, clinical and meal replacement systems, baked goods and energy bars.

—PGP International Inc., 800-333-0110,


Muscle Support

WILD Flavors GmbH (WILD) extended its Health Ingredient Technology & Solutions line with a new RPM Repair, Performance, Mass) Factors product.  In 2010, WILD and Sterling Technology formed a partnership to bring bioactive milk peptide ingredients to the food and beverage industry.  This partnership made WILD the exclusive provider of both Immunel for immune health, and Tegricel for digestive health.  RPM Factors for sports nutrition now is the third functional ingredient from Sterling Technology, offered exclusively through WILD.  RPM Factors is a bioactive whey protein concentrate.  RPM Factors helps athletes train harder, recover faster and comeback stronger.  RPM Factors is GRAS and had been Informed-Choice tested for banned substances.  It is easily incorporated into food and beverage products with minimal taste impact.

—Wild Flavors Inc., 859-342-3600


Endurance Protein Drink

To demonstrate its functional ingredient capabilities, FrieslandCampina DMV developed a protein-carbohydrate drink for consumption during resistance exercise. It delivers maximized glycogen availability and optimizes post-exercise recovery. It contains DMV’s Hyvital Whey 80, a whey protein hydrolysate with high levels of di- and tripeptides. DMV says that—compared to whole proteins or free-form amino acids—these di- and tripeptides are more rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. This unique composition makes Hyvital Whey 80 an ideal protein delivery ingredient during intense exercise.

—FrieslandCampina DMV, 608-779-7676


Natural Energy Solution

Naturex used IFT to showcase a new Energy Chew and show confectionery manufacturers the potential for creating functional candy concepts with great taste and wide appeal among consumers—especially those looking for a natural pick-me-up. The citrus-flavored Energy Chews contain the naturally energizing extracts guarana and panax ginseng root, from Naturex’s NAT healthy range. In addition, they are colored with natural paprika from Naturex’s NAT color range and texturized with pectin from the NAT texture range. “Our comprehensive range of natural colors, texturizers and active ingredients makes Naturex the perfect partner for any company developing healthier functional confectionery concepts,” says Naturex Business Manager Amandine De Santi.

—Naturex, 201-440-5000,


Energy, Focus

Consumers demand healthier beverages and functional foods that offer real health benefits. Meet their needs with AlphaSize A-GPC. A-GPC is a widely used nutrient in mental and physical performance enhancing dietary supplements. A-GPC is natural, efficacious, and FDA no objection GRAS. AlphaSize A-GPC can help maintain and improve mental performance – including memory, learning, concentration, focus, and recall. It also can help boost exercise performance. Memory, energy, mood support, and sports performance are all categories offering tremendous opportunity.  Processors can seize the opportunity in enhanced waters, sports drinks, and energy drinks.

—Chemi Nutra, 866-907-0400,


Marine Protein Isolate

ProGo is a natural and highly functional protein isolate made from salmon. It is extracted through a natural process so that functional and nutritional properties are preserved. It is then hydrolyzed so that it contains oligopeptides and peptides with a molecular weight of less than 3000 Daltons. Also, 50% of the peptides have a molecular weight of less than 1000 Daltons. ProGo has a favorable amino acid profile and is particularly rich in Methionine, Histidine and Arginine. It also has been shown in animal studies to improve iron absorption. The nutritional assets of ProGo are its richness in essential amino acids, the absence of gluten, lactose and cholesterol, and its lack of anti-nutritional elements. These aspects are very beneficial when creating healthy and balanced products. ProGo also has a neutral taste and is easy to formulate in protein powders, protein bars, RTD protein drinks.

—Roxlor International LLC, 302-778-4166


Speed Muscle Recovery

MGP Ingredients’ new Optein is a lightly hydrolyzed wheat protein that speeds muscle recovery and reduces soreness. MGP says Optein increases protein levels, delivers higher glutamine content than whey and soy, dissolves easily in water, has a neutral pH, possesses a non-bitter flavor profile. Food and beverage applications include nutritional and protein drink powder mixes; sports beverages; smoothies; protein, energy and meal replacement bars; and vegetarian and vegan dishes. “Optein is an ideal choice for food manufacturers looking for a plant-based protein alternative that provides high glutamine content not obtainable from whey or soy,” says Mike Lasater, MGP vice president of sales and marketing.

—MGP Ingredients, 866-547-2122,


Prolonged Protein Release

Farbest Brands offers a broad range of Westland’s specialty dairy ingredients, including whey protein concentrates. Rich in essential amino acids, whey protein promote muscle growth and repair with a low fat content. Whey protein is the most quickly digested protein, resulting in a quick yet more prolonged rise in blood levels of amino acids, which supports muscle growth after intense exercise. Farbest whey proteins are easily dispersible with a clean flavor, making them an excellent, post-workout choice when formulated in sports drink powders, ready-to-drink beverages and nutrition bars. Originating in New Zealand, these caseinates are RBST-free.

—Farbest Brands, 201-573-4900

Lorna Samgour,,


Sustained Energy

Consumers of Champion Nutrition's Invigorate sports drink have another reason to add it to their workout regimen: it now contains Sustamine, an ingredient that works on multiple levels to help rehydrate the body and sustain energy levels during exertion. With 250mg in each two-capsule dose of Invigorate, athletes of all levels can benefit from Sustamine's ability to provide the body with key amino acids - L-Alanine and L-Glutamine - that may help with re-hydration and muscle recovery. Sustamine is an ingredient that works on multiple levels to help rehydrate the body and sustain energy levels during exertion. Ultra-pure, clinically tested, Sustamine is a unique dipeptide ingredient that combines the amino acids L-Alanine and L-Glutamine to help a body rehydrate, replenish and recover no matter how hard it’s pushed. Sustamine's dipeptide structure is quickly and easily absorbed by the body, which means muscles get the amino acids they need faster.

—Kyowa Hakko USA, 800-596-9252,


Smart Energy Control

BENEO takes weight control to the next level with a Smart Energy Management approach. The key to a sustainable and healthy weight is to keep the balance between calorie intake and energy output. BENEO’s ingredient profile can easily assist in this goal by offering prebiotic fibers that help in eating less and their specialty carbohydrate Palatinose that supports fat burning. BENEO’s prebiotic fibers OraftiSynergy1 (oligofructose-enriched inulin) and Orafti oligofructose, both chicory inulin type fructans, help in eating less and play an important role in body weight management, as recent scientific studies have confirmed. Overall, eating less means controlling calorie and energy intake respectively. As such, both Orafti Synergy1 and Orafti  oligofructose exemplify the close relationship of smart energy and healthy weight management. BENEO’s Palatinose (isomaltulose) optimizes the use of energy. Various studies have proven that the company’s functional carbohydrate aids the body to burn fat more effectively as an energy source when under physical activity. As a result, it helps save carbohydrate storage, which leads to prolonged energy. This is an appealing benefit, especially for amateur and professional athletes.

—BENEO Inc., 973-867-2140 ,


Three-Stage Protein Bar

To demonstrate its functional ingredient capabilities, FrieslandCampina DMV has developed a three-stage protein bar.  Consumed after exercise, this high protein bar promotes muscle protein synthesis. This tasteful product is formulated with three types of protein with different digestion rates: Excellion EM9 Calcium Caseinate (for slow digestion), Nutriwhey 800 F (for fast digestion) and a combination of whey protein concentrate and Hyvital Whey 80 whey protein hydrolysate (for extremely fast digestion). In addition to prolonged protein release, this three-protein blend ensures optimum bar mouthfeel and structure.

—FrieslandCampina DMV, (608) 779-7676


Sports Performance

Glanbia Nutritionals’ PepForm Leucine Peptides contain high levels of leucine-rich peptides, including the essential amino acid L-Leucine in a soluble and highly bio-available form. PepForm optimizes absorption of L-Leucine in the bloodstream and improves the delivery of amino acids to muscle tissues, which in turn, contributes to efficient muscle synthesis and growth.  Leucine peptides are ideal for pre- and post-workout exercise, as the amino acids that they contain trigger muscle synthesis through the mTOR intracellular signaling pathway. PepForm’s ability to provide leucine more efficiently is a significant step in addressing the challenge of muscle maintenance. Initial research by Glanbia Nutritionals shows that healthy individuals can reduce the risk of muscle loss in old age by exercising and consuming proteins that are quickly absorbed and that have high leucine content, making PepForm the ideal sports performance ingredient. PepForm is particularly suited to beverage and gel shot applications, which are convenient for athletes.

—Glanbia Nutritionals, 608-316-8500


Cherry Juice Recovery

Tart cherries in juice, dried and frozen forms are packed with natural compounds, including anthocyanins, the phytonutrients responsible for cherries’ bright red color and sweet-tart taste. Specifically, anthocyanins are linked to reducing inflammation, at levels comparable to some well-known pain medications. This pain reduction quality is the reason why athletes should consider tart cherries as a way to naturally manage pain. Research has suggested that when cherry juice is consumed before and after strenuous exercise, it may significantly reduce the symptoms of muscle damage. Additional research supports that the anthocyanins in cherry juice can help increase strength recovery speeds and increase antioxidant capacity.

—Cherry Marketing Institute,



Lonza is a leading manufacturer of L-carnitine sold under the brand name Carnipure. L-carnitine plays an important role in energy metabolism and is essential for transporting long-chain fatty acids across the mitochondrial membrane for subsequent fat breakdown and energy generation.  For recovery, daily Carnipure L-carnitine consumption prior to high-intensity exercise can reduce muscle pain/damage.  Carnipure L-carnitine may improve blood flow during and following exercise. Therefore it helps reduce the hypoxic or damaging effects creating during exercise.  The proprietary, fully backward integrated Carnipure production process was invented by Lonza scientists in Switzerland. It directly produces the L-isomer of Carnitine, the form found in nature.  Carnipure tartrate and Carnipure crystalline are self-affirmed GRAS for use in conventional foods as a dietary source of L-carnitine. Both are bright white, pH and heat stable, highly water soluble and form colorless solutions. They can be used in dietary supplements in the form of tablets, capsules, and powders as well as in beverages, bars, dairy and other food products.

–Lonza Inc., 800-365-8324,


Mask Sodium

Comax  Sodium Masking Flavors are just what energy and sports performance product manufacturers need to improve product taste.  Comax’s proprietary Sodium Masking Technology helps manufacturers balance the salty flavors in isotonic beverages, while supporting preferred sweetness.  Sodium Masking Flavors are useful in many applications but are especially ideal for the energy and sports performance category.  Comax Flavors knows that in today’s competitive performance market, flavor drives purchase.

—Comax Flavors, (800) 992-0629,


Beetroot Boosting Effect

During the last 20 years, Diana, Food Division has specialized and produced beetroot

concentrates and dry extracts. Recently, more and more evidences have highlighted the effect of some vegetables including red beet, on nutrition and athletic performance, through the beneficial effects of food nitrate intake. Diana, Food Division has launched a red beet extract with naturally occurring nitrates, precursors of nitric oxide. Through the increase of nitric oxide production by the body, the consumption of dietary nitrates from vegetables as red beet has been proven to reduce oxygen cost of exercise and improve mitochondrial efficiency. This extract may decrease pulmonary oxygen uptake (VO2) during submaximal exercise reduce blood pressure, improve tolerance to exercise, speed post-exercise recovery. Available in powder and concentrate form, the redmbeet extract can be incorporated into sport and energy drinks, sport supplements.

 —Diana, Food Division, 845-268-5200,