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In addition to lemon, olive, fig, artichoke and pomegranate fruit extracts, the manufacturer will also showcase its recently launched sports nutrition ingredient, the spinach-derived Spisar. Visitors to the Euromed booth will learn more about the latest research findings, health benefits and various applications of these extracts, that the company says are suitable for inclusion in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical, food and beverage finished products.
Euromed says that an “ever-increasing older population wishing to stay well into later life is driving demand for products that support an active and healthy lifestyle”.
The company's Wellemon, Pomanox, Mediteanox, ABAlife and Cynamed extracts perfectly tap into this trend, the company says, as they contain valuable nutrients that play a key role in the Mediterranean diet and have been proven to support cardiovascular, metabolic, antioxidant, digestive, immune and skeletal muscle functions, all of which are critical for healthy ageing.
Euromed will also be highlighting its portfolio of extracts and presenting its new Spisar spinach extract which was obtained from nutrient-rich leaves of spinach cultivated in southern Spain, it is gently processed with the Pure-Hydro Process, an eco-friendly, proprietary extraction technology that uses only purified water as a solvent. Spinach leaves have a naturally high content of phytoecdysteroids, plant secondary metabolites with a wide range of potential physiological and health benefits, such as improved physical performance and skeletal muscle fitness, the company says. Spisar is standardized for 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) – the major naturally-occurring ecdysteroid in plants.
A study by researchers from the Sports Physiology Department at the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia in Spain looked at the efficacy of daily consumption of Spisar spinach extract compared to placebo in combination with moderate-intensity skeletal muscle strength training.
The results of the 12-week randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial revealed that supplementation with Spisar significantly improved muscle strength and muscle quality in subjects aged over 50 compared to a placebo. The published study also highlighted improvements in muscle mass and quality, as well as quality of life. The authors concluded that Spisar in conjunction with physical exercise may exert overall “all-body strengthening” adaptogenic activity, and may be beneficial for improving and maintaining muscle health and fitness, both of which are crucial for healthy ageing.
Andrea Zangara, Head of Scientific Communications & Marketing, says: “It’s clear that the older generation wants to delay the decline in physical capacity that comes with age for as long as possible. Preventive and active measures will help promote mobility and strength. Both the newly launched and existing Mediterranean fruit and vegetable extracts will help our customers meet this market demand.”
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