Weekly News: Omega-3, Echinacea, Lutein & More

Weekly News: Omega-3, Echinacea, Lutein & More

About Omega-3 Flow Metering Products

– 165% Higher Recovery Rate

Norway-based GC Rieber VivoMega, a global supplier of omega-3 concentrates, said it had seen a 165 percent increase in the recovery of its sidestream products since 2016, most of which are sold domestically and delivered from its terminals. The company said that more unused products would be added to the food chain while reducing the number of delivery trucks.

“Understanding and acknowledging our global corporate and social responsibility is critical given the nature of our business and the environment we operate in,” said Jan Roger Bjerkestrand, CEO of GC Rieber VivoMega. “Since GC Rieber was founded 140 years ago, one of our guiding principles is our belief. That is, we should ensure we pass on natural resources to future generations in the same or better condition as we discovered them. “

According to the company, from the initial catch to the finished product, GC Rieber VivoMega’s sustainable practices minimize waste and its environmental impact. The starting material for GC Rieber VivoMega is a by-product of the fishmeal industry. The company has collaborated closely with the largest fishmeal producers in the past ten years to improve the quality of what was once considered “waste” into a high-value input for fish oil refining and enrichment.

Bjerkestrand noted, “As a significant consumer of crude fish oil, GC Rieber VivoMega must utilize and manage as much of this high-quality fish oil as possible.”

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By design, the production of omega-3 concentrates produces side streams that have historically been sold and burned as energy. GC Rieber VivoMega said it has been working to find other ways to bring these large quantities back into the food chain and reduce and reuse the amount of energy sold. Since 2016, the volume percentage converted to nutrient-rich feed has increased by 165%. In addition, a significant number of sidestream sales are shipped directly from the company’s ports, with more than 50% of shipments sold domestically, a 10-fold increase since 2016.

“Not all tributaries are sold externally. GC Rieber VivoMega also reuses biofuels for internal consumption, reducing the need for external energy sources,” says Bjerkestrand. “Our local aquaculture and food production industries will use any leftover biofuels. Also, since we ship directly from the port, the number of diesel trucks on the streets is greatly reduced.”

Additionally, GC Rieber VivoMega has taken significant steps to incorporate sustainability into its strategy. Sustainability reporting is now being contextualized and improved using established Global Reporting Initiative standards. The company belongs to an international supply chain and is devoting itself to mapping its CO2 emissions to understand its global footprint. The aim is to improve existing operations and reduce CO2 emissions to protect the environment.

Looking forward to the future, GC Rieber VivoMega has a clear goal of further articulating the significant work that has been and will be done. The aim is to provide high-quality omega-3s while protecting our environment.

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About Vitamin C

Key Differences Around the World

According to a new “Mind the Gap” resource from the International Alliance of Dietary&Food Supplement Associations (IADSA), daily vitamin C recommendations vary widely around the world. However, the underlying data is primarily the same.

Research has shown an almost three-fold difference between the minimum and maximum vitamin C recommendations issued by national and regional health authorities. Some scientists now call for unified guidance to help people achieve optimal vitamin C status.

According to IADSA, vitamin C protects against scurvy, a disease that used to be shared among sailors but is fortunately rare. However, it also performs many vital functions in the body. In particular, it is a major scavenger of free radicals and helps protect cells from oxidative damage. It also helps maintain healthy skin, bones, and cartilage and supports the immune and nervous systems.

The benefits of vitamin C extend well beyond the prevention of scurvy to a range of other key areas of health and well-being,” commented IADSA President Dr. Gerhard Gans. “To optimize people’s vitamin C status, IADSA believes that the need for More consideration is given to developing appropriate daily intake recommendations. We agree that adjusting the standards used to establish these standards would be a positive step.”

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About Echinacea Extract

– Application & New Findings

Echinacea is a perennial herb known as Song Guo Ju and Zi Zhui Hua. Echinacea is a member of the Asteraceae Echinacea genus.

Originating in central North America, it is not traditional Chinese medicine. Still, it has a long history of use in the world. Many scientific studies have proved that its active ingredients, such as polysaccharides, coffee, acid derivatives, total phenols, alkyl amides, etc., significantly enhance immunity and resist infection.

Since the 1990s, my country has introduced varieties from 15 regions, including Beijing, Shandong, Anhui, and Hunan. Among them, cichoric acid is a newly discovered medicinal plant resource in my country.

Echinacea Extract

Domestic applications:

China approved the aerial parts and roots of Echinacea Purpurea as Class I and Class II new veterinary drugs in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Its preparation products, echinacea oral liquid, echinacea powder, and echinacea root powder, can also be industrially applied.

The aerial parts include inflorescences, stems, and leaves.

Echinacea has been widely used in the clinic as an immune enhancer and regulator, such as treating acute and chronic respiratory tract infections caused by viruses or bacteria and assisting various antibiotics in the treatment of various severe bacterial infections.

New research findings:

  1. Adding 1.8% Echinacea to the feed can improve the production performance of nursery pigs, improve immune function and enhance disease resistance.
  2. In veterinary clinical trials, Echinacea Purpurea extract can reduce mammary gland inflammation caused by multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and protect the integrity of the acinus.

In summary, Echinacea is a potential clinical drug for improving pig production efficiency and alleviating bacterial drug resistance.

About Lutein

Application & Development

The molecular formula of lutein is C40H56O2, and the molecular weight is 568.87 g/mol. The appearance of lutein is orange flavin powder, pulpy or yellow-brown liquid, with a weak hay-like odor. And lutein is insoluble in water but soluble in propanol, methanol, isopropanol, and dichloroethane. And its heat resistance is good.

Lutein is widely found in green vegetables. And in these green vegetables, marigold has the highest lutein content. According to “GB 26405-2011 Food Safety National Standard Food Additive Lutein”, the food additive Lutein comes from marigold.

lutein in greeen vegatables

First of all, here are some functions of lutein as below:

1. Lutein as a tinting worker

Lutein has a good coloring function because of its bright yellow color. And lutein can be widely used in cakes, candies, Beverages, rice, and flour products because it is insoluble in water but in both oil and ethanol. It also has the characteristics of resistance to light, heat, acid, and alkali. Because of its vital coloring function, it makes lutein can also be used for the coloring of health care products, tablets, sugar packings, capsules, and so on.

2. Lutein as an eyesight protector

Recently, there are so many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin can prevent eye damage caused by light in part of the retina. Here are two factors to prove its statement.

  • Lutein can filter high-energy visible blue light. Researchers did lots of experiments to find that reducing 40% blue light can significantly decrease the number of free radicals on the retina.
  • As an antioxidant, lutein can reduce the oxidative effect of light on the eyes. And then can control to form active oxides and free radicals.
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3. Lutein as an antioxidant

As a carotenoid, lutein has a potent free radical scavenging effect and can play an anti-oxidation and anti-aging effect.

Secondly, here are some lutein applications as below:

1. In new resource food processing

Lutein is used widely in different drinks and jelly as a tinging worker. Some experiments try to put lutein in orange juice beverages, milk-containing beverages, and carbonated beverages. The final conclusion is the retentivity of lutein can maintain more than 90% after six months.

2. The protective effect on the skin

Evidence proves that exposure to UV light in the long term can deplete the carotene, including lutein content in the skin. Due to the existence of reactive oxygen species, skin that is exposed to UVA and UVB causes different results, such as a cell-mediated inflammatory response, erythema, swelling, and aesthetic impact. And in some severe cases, it even induces skin cancer. Lutein can play a protective role because the primary theory is to absorb the blue light in ultraviolet rays and scavenge free radicals. Therefore, lutein can reduce the damage of ultraviolet rays to the skin and protect the skin.

3. The colorants on poultry

Natural lutein ester belongs to multiple carbon-carbon double bond chromophores, showing bright color. The color difference of lutein ester in different content is evident because the color gamut span is significant from light yellow to red. And comparing with free lutein, lutein ester has no active groups called one hydroxyl group at both ends. It determines that the lutein ester can be used as a stable colorant.

Third, here is the market prospect about lutein as below:

Lutein & Zeaxanthin have been active in a related market in the past five years. And can see many types of products using lutein on the market. The major driving factor for the lutein market is consumer awareness. More and more customers pay attention to age-related diseases such as macular degeneration. However, more research shows that lutein has applications in other health areas, such as brain health, sports nutrition, skin health, sleep management, etc. These new discoveries will attract more and more diverse groups of consumers to focus on this ingredient.

About The Latest Price Update

1. Ascorbic Acid

The price of Ascorbic Aid is almost at rock bottom due to Chinese factories’ falling demand and overcapacity. With domestic labor costs rising year by year, we expect prices won’t lose much further.

2. Inositol

The market price did not decrease as expected, causing the work together to stabilize prices and restrict distributors from disrupting the market with too low a price.

3. Pea Protein

Pea Protein Price

Pea protein will be stable before the new pea beans raw material arriving China. The current market price in China is from $3.2-3.7/kg FOB China.

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