The additions that are now available to US customers are: Acujoint, a botanical and vegan ingredient complex (curcumin, boswellia, black pepper, and galangal) that has scientific studies backing its joint health benefits; and CuroWhite, white curcumin which the company claims is a highly bioavailable form compared to standard curcumin.
“With the growing demand for botanical ingredients, the addition of Acujoint and CuroWhite to our portfolio will provide alternatives for our customers and their consumers seeking vegan and naturally sourced ingredients,” said Ram Nimmagudda, Ph.D., senior director performance and wellness bioactives for Glanbia Nutritionals.
“Each product has its own unique benefits, Acujoint for a more effective and clean label joint health solution and CuroWhite as a positive alternative to the many issues experienced with yellow curcumin manufacturing.”
Acujoint is encased inside a turmeric matrix using patent pending Polar-Nonpolar-Sandwich (PNS) Technology.
This PNS Technology ensures the bioactive components are well protected and has been shown to increase bioavailability, keeping the botanical molecules intact as they are absorbed through the intestinal wall.
In an unpublished study, researchers found that Acujoint may support the reduction in the VAS pain score and WOMAC index score measuring pain, stiffness and physical function (p-value = ≤ 0.001) in patients with knee osteoarthritis using 250 mg of Acujoint as compared to glucosamine 1500 mg + chondroitin 1200 mg.
With non-GMO ingredients and containing no added colors, additives, binders, fillers, and preservatives, the company is positioning Acujoint as a clean label ingredient that is ideal for tablet, capsule and gummy supplement applications.
Meanwhile, CuroWhite is being marketed as “an easier to use and more bioavailable white curcumin that is changing the landscape for curcumin supplement manufacturing.”
Its colorless properties provide for a curcumin that doesn’t stain equipment, require extended hours of cleaning or cause extensive production downtime, providing a clean manufacturing solution. These properties (colorless with a milder taste and smell) make CuroWhite fit for many applications such as tablets, capsules, ready-to-mix powders, gummies and functional foods.