Ingredient group Sabinsa has adopted a new technology that allows it to 'solubalize' a range of botanical extracts, thereby making them easy to incorporate into beverage applications, said the firm.
Sabinsa has already used the proprietary technology to develop the first ingredients in its new AquaSols line, which will incorporate soluble versions of its existing ingredients.
According to the company, the resulting ingredients are "completely water soluble excipient-free standardized natural extracts", which have shown good appearance and taste characteristics when tested in beverage applications.
Sabinsa said the range, developed by R & D scientists at Sami Labs, would also be suitable for other applications that require water solubility, including products in the cosmetics category.
The current AquaSols range includes 17 soluble extracts, including Ashwagandha, Bacopin, Centellin and Curcumin. They are all supplied as standardized powder extracts.
AquaSol Ashwagandha has been standardized for alkaloids and withanolides, with an extract ration of 14:1 to 15:1, according to Sabinsa.
Ashwanganhda has been used by Yyurvedic practitioners in its native India for thousands of years. Its root is rich in flavonoids and steroidal lactones called withanolides, which are thought to have a number of beneficial properties, including anti-stress, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, mental cognition-boosting, immune-enhancing, and rejuvenating.
AquaSol Bacopin, standardized for bacosides, has an extract ration of 6:1 to 7:1.
Bacopa monniera, also known as Brahmi, is a perennial creeping herb found in damp marshy areas, and has been used in Indian folklore as a nerve tonic. It is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic system of healing that evolved from ancient India some 3,000-5,000 years ago.
AquaSol Centellin, standardized for triterpenes, has an extract ratio of 6:1 to 7:1.
Centella asiatica, or Gotu Kola, is again recognized in Ayurveda, and is thought to support comprehension and memory. It is also said that the compound could help slow down the aging process.
Curcumin, a yellow spice traditionally used in curries, has increasingly come under the scientific spotlight in recent years, with studies investigating its potential benefits for reducing cholesterol levels, improving cardiovascular health, glucose control and cancer-fighting abilities.
Sabinsa's AquaSol Curcumin is derived from rhizomes and standardized for curcuminoids. It has an extract ration or 4:1 to 5:1. Unlike the other ingredients so far in the range, AquaSol Curcumin uses a maltodextrin excepient.
Previously for Sabinsa
Earlier this month, Sabinsa announced the results of a new study conducted on its weight loss ingredient LeanGuard.
According to the company, the randomised, double blind, parallel-controlled
study shows that LeanGuard may boost weight loss and cut body fat.
Supplementation with the proprietary ingredient blend led to 6.4 per cent greater weight loss, and a 6.97 greater loss of body fat than placebo.
Lakshmi Prakash, PhD, VP innovation and business development at Sabinsa told NutraIngredients that the study has not yet been published in a peer reviewed journal, but an article is being prepared for publication in the near future. NutraIngredients.com has not seen the full data.