Each newsletter FoodPharma™ introduces our latest ingredients that are trending in the food industry. Below is a collection of those ingredients with specifics on their health benefits and usage. Most of our products are able to include these as well as many others! Contact a rep today to learn more about all of our amazing food form delivery systems: Cups w/inclusions, SoftChews & UltraChews, Functional Food Bars and legacy panned products! 

TURMERIC – is the primary spice in the Indian dish curry, and contains bioactive compounds known as curcuminoids with over 12,000 peer-reviewed studies supporting their wide-ranging benefits. Curcuminoids from turmeric and their derivatives have been shown to possess a wide range of biological activities including antioxidant, antimicrobial, neuroprotective, cardioprotective and radioprotective effects. The biological activity of turmeric has been attributed mainly to curcumin, and two related compounds demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin. The average intake of turmeric in the Indian diet is approximately 2–2.5 grams per day for a 60 kg individual which corresponds to a daily intake of approximately 60–100 mg of curcumin.

Vitamin D3* – is best described as a super vitamin (hormone), which regulates thousands of genes and metabolic processes in the body. A sufficient level of vitamin D bolsters our immune defenses, and is now believed to be one of our frontline defenses against the seasonal flu and viral infections, and with its immunomodulatory activity aids in helping to prevent life-threatening pneumonia.  Vitamin D3 works best with Vitamin K2 (Mk-7); like vitamin D, vitamin K2 (Mk-7) is important for healthy brain function, healthy lung function, strong bones and teeth, cardiovascular health, and vitamin K2 has been shown to prevent and potentially reverse vascular calcification.

COLLAGEN – is the most abundant protein in the body, and is a major component of skin, bone, muscles, tendons, and cartilage. It helps to make tissues strong and resilient. We typically make less collagen as we age, but collagen production drops most rapidly due to nutritional deficiencies, excess sun exposure, smoking, excess alcohol, and lack of sleep and exercise. Supplementing with collagen, and nutrients that support the body’s natural production of collagen such as vitamin C, glycine, zinc, and copper can provide the greatest benefit.

ASHWAGANDHA* – is an adaptogenic herb that’s been used for more than 2,500 years. There are numerous clinical and scientific studies supporting its use in promoting healthy brain function, mitochondrial energy production, reproductive health, and stress reduction (via its adaptogenic properties).

ELDERBERRY* – derived from the European elder tree, the dark purple berry has a lengthy history for use in helping fight off both colds and flus by supporting a healthy immune function. Other notable potential benefits include: possesses powerful antioxidant properties, and promotes a healthy inflammatory response. 

LUTEIN* – is a form of organic pigment and often referred to as the “eye vitamin” because it is found in the retina and the macula where it has been shown to provide protection by safeguarding eye tissue from damage typically caused by sunlight. Studies have also shown that it can provide defense against free radicals with potential benefits for promoting healthy skin and brain function as well.