Haskap Plant

The potentially game-changing benefits of Haskap Berries.

This small, odd-looking ‘new’ berry is thought to have originated millennia ago in the frozen wilderness of Siberia and carried by birds to the northern Japanese Island of Hokkaido, where it was named ‘haskap’ by the indigenous Ainu people, who claimed it as the “the elixir of life and berry of good eyesight”.1,2

Skin Loving Ingredients

Skin-Loving Ingredients from Nutraceuticals

A range of skin-loving ingredients from Nutraceuticals

By Jess Martin – Quality System Analyst

Nutritional supplements benefit our bodies both on the inside and outside. A popular and ever in demand ingredient is collagen due to its links in reducing photoaging and promoting youthful-looking skin. However, there are many ingredients that contribute to and promote the production of collagen that shouldn’t be overlooked.

L-Lysine

L-Lysine is an essential amino acid, and one that is necessary in the production of collagen. Collagen is the protein responsible for the shape and mechanical properties of our skin tissue and Lysine is critical for its synthesis and function. It’s essential in the structure of collagen as it acquires numerous enzymatic modifications (post-translational modifications), particularly those that allow links between collagen chains.

L-Lysine can also inhibit collagenases, which are a group of enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), which are the main type of enzymes responsible for collagen degradation.

By being able to reduce collagen breakdown, L-Lysine is an excellent companion in supporting wound healing and slowing down the physical symptoms of ageing skin. On the epidermis level, it can facilitate cell proliferation, reduce inflammation, angiogenesis (vascularisation) and has the potential to have antimicrobial effects.

Alternative protein sources – not just for meat lovers

With the world turning more towards a healthier, vegan-friendly and more sustainable diet, it is important to look towards obtaining protein from alternative sources, other than meat and fish. A popular vegan protein source amongst health-conscious individuals are Pea Protein, Brown rice protein and Quinoa Flour, however, there are many other high-quality protein sources that you may not be aware of yet.

Cinnamomi-cassiae or Cinnamomum zeylanicum – It shouldn’t be a challenge

Are you buying Cassia Cinnamon?

Cassia Cinnamon tends to contain higher leverls of toxic compounds, we at Nutraceuticals have got wise to this and will ensure that you are aware of the potential dangers when purchasing Cassia when it comes to the amount you have formualted in your product.

Might it be better that you use Cinnamomum zeylanicum?

We look into the importance of origin and demonstrate that we recogonise the importance of naming, varieties and genus to continually bring you the best in choice and ingredients.

Vegan Collagen – What you need to know

What is Vegan Collagen?
Unfortunately, plants do not grow their own collagen. That said, it is exciting to see advancements in science and in recent news it has been reported that researchers have created some genetically modified collagen, using the bacteria P.pastoris [7].
However, what is commercially available, is our Nutraceuticals Base Blend composed of the many amino acids found in fish/bovine collagen (see Table 1) in combination with a number of vitamins, minerals, and herbals as well as sodium hyaluronate which may promote collagen production or optimize skin health generally

What are Extracts?

Whether it’s Green Tea, Artichoke Leaf, or White Willow Bark Extract 4:1 (Salix alba) Herbal Extracts are where our heart lies and a big part of our character here at Nutraceuticals. In our latest animation, we ask what are extracts and what is the difference between standardised and unstandardised extracts.