Prepared Foods and its NutraSolutions brand present this annual “Ingredients for Health” guide. It profiles commercially available ingredients and helps developers and formulators 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 presents a comprehensive range of new offerings.

Categories include:

Antioxidants for Health

Bone & Joint Health

Cardiovascular Health

Cognitive Health

Digestive Health

Energy and/or Sports Performance


Weight Management

General Health


Wheat Protein

HarvestPro Wheat Protein 85 offers a water—dispersible and lightly hydrolyzed wheat protein with a favorable flavor profile. It contains double the glutamine levels and increased proline levels compared to soy and whey protein isolates—essential amino acids instrumental in aiding the body in post workout recovery. Standardized to 85% protein content with a light hydrolysis process, HarvestPro Wheat Protein yields an improved amino acid profile.

— Glanbia Nutritionals Inc.,


Energy, Recovery

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. Carnipure L-Carnitine also plays an important role in facilitating the recovery process in response to physical activity by helping protect the endothelial cells from a L-Carnitine deficiency (thereby positively influencing the markers of purine catabolism), reduce tissue damage and muscle soreness and facilitate the overall process of recovery. Carnipure tartrate and Carnipure crystalline are self-affirmed GRAS for use in conventional foods as a dietary source of L-Carnitine.

Lonza Inc.,


Natural Nitrate

OXYSTORM is an extract of red spinach (Amaranthus dubius), one of the richest sources of nitrate in nature. A patent-pending production process delivers the highest nitrate content ingredient from the leaves of red spinach – with more than five times the amount of nitrate as beetroot powder and more than 50 times of beet juice. Offered as a powder, OXYSTORM is, 100% water-soluble, sugar-free, oxalate-free and has a neutral pH, making it idea for any formulation type – including bars, beverage powders, chewables, functional foods, nutrition powders and sports and energy drinks.

— PLT Health Solutions,


Whey Protein

The best way to recover from an intensive workout is to feed those muscles with whey protein. Whey proteins have a complete amino acid profile and are quickly digested by the body, making them an ideal post workout protein whether in a RTD beverage, powdered blend, or nutrition bar. Farbest Brands whey proteins are available in both isolate (90% protein on a dry basis) and concentrate (80% protein on a dry basis). In addition, Farbest Brands offers grass-fed New Zealand origin whey protein, along with instant and spray dried varieties.

Farbest Brands,


Apple, Grape Polyphenols

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. ViNitrox can be used in numerous forms: beverages, bars, tablets, capsules, gels, etc.



Stimulant-Free Energy

Novel Ingredients’ Kinetiq is a next-generation, natural citrus aurantium extract that’s clinically demonstrated to deliver energy, thermogenic, and resistance training performance benefits safely and without stimulants. Kinetiq and its component p-synephrine also enhance the body’s utilization of carbohydrates by producing more energy in the form of ATP. The resulting increase in energy expenditure produced by Kinetiq occurs in conjunction with an increase in the respiratory quotient, a measure of carbon dioxide produced relative to oxygen consumed. Ideal as an ingredient for both active fitness and weight management applications, Kinetiq is available in a range of new delivery forms and product prototypes, including beverage powders, ready-to-drink and chews.

— Novel Ingredients,


Pumpkin Seed Protein

Due to its mainstream popularity, protein powder is not just featured in sports nutrition products anymore. It is being incorporated into cereals, snacks, traditional beverages and much more. The use of plant-based proteins is especially increasing since they address the consumer trends of allergen-free, clean label, and sustainable. BI’s Pumpkin Seed Protein is one such plant-based protein finding its way into several product applications. It contains a minimum of 70% protein, a favorable roasted aroma, and a milder, less bitter flavor profile compared to other plant-based proteins.

— BI Nutraceuticals,



Magnesium it plays a crucial role in cellular energy production and it is essential for the production of the body’s major form of energy – ATP. During intensive workouts, ATP is synthesized rapidly, meaning that magnesium requirements are significantly elevated in athletes in order to maintain a normal energy production. Additionally, magnesium contributes to the proper functioning of muscles, promotes electrolyte balance and reduces fatigue, tiredness, muscle twitches and cramps.  Jungbunzlauer’s Trimagnesium citrates (anhydrous and nonahydrate) are highly soluble, highly bioavailable, fully reacted and non-GMO forms of magnesium. Both improve nutritional value without compromising taste or functionality.

Jungbunzlauer Inc.,


Tart Cherry Aids Recovery

Tart cherry juice is rapidly gaining a following among elite athletes and weekend warriors as a drink that helps speed the recovery process. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which have been highly valued by sufferers of arthritis and gout, tart cherry juice is now relied on for easing muscle soreness after exercise. The pain associated with exercise involves muscle damage, inflammation and oxidative stress. Tart cherries seem to help with all three due to the concentrated amounts of anthocyanins inside. Studies have shown that Montmorency tart cherry juice may help reduce strength loss and aid recovery after extensive exercise. One recent study found that cyclists who drank Montmorency tart cherry juice before a three-day simulated race experienced less inflammation and oxidative stress compared to those who drank another beverage.

— Cherry Marketing Institute,


Rice Protein

BENEO offers rice protein and the “next generation sugar,” Palatinose to support athletes and active people during their performance. Palatinose is the only fully yet slowly digestible carbohydrate that delivers sustained and balanced energy. Due to its fully caloric and low glycemic nature, it assists in fat oxidation, which is ideal during endurance sports.  Being naturally derived from beet sugar, it has a mild and natural sweet taste. In addition, BENEO’s non-GMO rice protein Remypro has much interest as a vegetal protein source in sports nutrition. It can be easily incorporated into protein and energy bars as well as meal-replacement shakes for additional healthy benefits.



Natural Energy

Guayusa Powder comes from the holly tree, Ilex Guayusa, native to Ecuador. It contains naturally occurring caffeine, as well as antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients – making it a healthy, natural source of energy. Traditionally, the dried leaves are brewed similar to tea and consumed for their energizing effects. Guayusa Leaves contain between 1.7%-3.2% caffeine by dry weight but usually closer to the 2% range, which is less than coffee beans but more than green tea, guarana and yerba mate. BI’s Guayusa Powder contains a minimum of 2.5% naturally occurring caffeine. It has a subtle earthy aroma similar to green tea. However, unlike green tea and most other teas, guayusa does not contain tannins. Tannins are the compounds that give tea their bitter taste, giving guayusa a milder and less bitter flavor than most teas.

— BI Nutraceuticals,


Accelerate Recovery

Sustamine is a stable dipeptide of L-Alanine and L-Glutamine. Sustamine is more easily absorbed by the body than complex protein molecules, making it a highly effective for hydration, endurance and recovery. Vegetarian, allergen-free and the only GRAS L-Alanyl-L-Glutamine, Sustamine is also tasteless, odorless, and stable in liquids. Sustamine has been shown to accelerate recovery by enhancing the absorption of L-Glutamine (224% more) and providing more rapid absorption of water and electrolytes in the intestines. It also stimulates the synthesis of amino acids and proteins, provides energy to the cells, and improves the uptake of nutrients.

Kyowa Hakko U.S.A., Inc.,


Green Mate Extract

A well-researched green mate extract standardized in four key actives, Finomate supports the management of a healthy body weight and helps to feel more vital and energetic. Green mate is widely consumed as beverage in South America for its stimulating and appetite suppressant effect. Traditionally the fresh leaves are dried over fire to stop fermentation. The use of EFLAHyperPure patented process guarantees an extract virtually free of harmful substances and smoke residues. Scientific studies demonstrated that Finomate can help to reduce fat resorption, boost fat burning and suppress appetite. Additionally due to its mild CNS-stimulating effect, Finomate can increase physical and mental performance.



Prolonged Protein Release

Farbest Brands offers a full range of caseinates, with extruded, roller-dried, spray dried, granular and instantized processes available. Our caseinates provide outstanding nutritional properties, contain all of the essential amino acids and have a protein efficiency ratio (P.E.R.) of 2.5. They are ideally formulated for RTD beverages, powdered beverages, and nutrition bars for sports nutrition. Our caseinates have a minimum protein content of 90% on a dry basis.



Energy Portfolio

The energy category delivers functional foods and beverages aimed at boosting energy. Lugo Nutrition’s green coffee extract, guarana, and green mate naturally enhance the energy content of ready to drink beverages, shots, snacks and confectionary.  These Brazilian sourced ingredients are available in liquid and powder form and are often used in supplements that target weight loss, antioxidant activity and increased energy.

— Lugo Nutrition Inc.,


Natural Energy

Bioenergy Ribose is a patent-protected, all-natural, functional ingredient.  It already is popular in various beverages and supplements and is attracting more 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.,


Boost Performance

BetaPower Natural Betaine is a purified form of anhydrous betaine. It improves physical performance for athletes or any fitness enthusiast, especially strength, power and muscle endurance. BetaPower has been the subject of a range of studies, indicating health and performance benefits. These human trials demonstrate a significant improvement in physical performance, especially in strength, power and endurance. BetaPower is 100% natural, extracted from sugar beets. In rehydration beverages betaine works in synergy with electrolytes for complete hydration and cell protection. It is also highly soluble and stable with flavor enhancing properties.

— DuPont Nutrition & Health,