NutriLeads Launches Immune-Support Functional Ingredient Benicaros in Brazil with Distribution Partner Kilyos Nutrition

November 28, 2022 – NutriLeads BV today announced an agreement with Kilyos Nutrition to distribute award-winning Benicaros®, a functional ingredient clinically proven to accelerate healthy immune responses, in Brazil.  The companies will seek approval from the Brazilian Healthy Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) to use this soluble prebiotic carrot fiber for use in foods, beverages and supplements.

Benicaros trains the immune system to respond faster through a dual mechanism of action that prepares innate immune cells for a heightened state of readiness and selectively increases beneficial gut microorganisms and their metabolites that support immune responses. Clinical research shows consumers taking Benicaros felt better faster and reported significant reductions in the severity and duration of symptoms following a controlled challenge with a mild common cold virus.

“We are pleased to partner with Kilyos Nutrition to make our remarkable immune-support ingredient Benicaros available in the largest market in South America,” said Joana Carneiro, Ph.D., NutriLeads Chief Executive Officer.

Brazil is one of the countries with the highest potential for consumption of products that contribute to personal health, wellness, and an improved immunity. With more than 20 years of human nutritional expertise, Kilyos Nutrition will open the door to Benicaros in Brazil, providing an excellent quality and highly differentiated ingredient to the Brazilian market.

“We would like to thank our partner NutriLeads for the opportunity to include Benicaros in the Kilyos portfolio,” said Dr. João José Name, Kilyos Nutrition Medical Director. “Benicaros is an ingredient of proven effectiveness in promoting health and immunity for individuals. Being able to offer such a promising ingredient to the Brazilian population makes us very excited. We will certainly see great projects from this partnership.”

Benicaros, scientifically known as RG-I (Rhamnogalacturonan-I), is a soluble prebiotic fiber upcycled from carrot pomace.  A clinical study utilizing a controlled challenge with a common cold virus found that just 300 mgs. of Benicaros daily accelerated protective immune responsiveness, reduced airway symptom severity (20-33%) and duration (25-43%) and minimized the impact on quality of life.

Eco-friendly Benicaros is off-white in color, water soluble, odorless, tasteless and pH and heat stable. It is also Kosher, Halal, non-GMO, vegan and vegetarian and available in an organic version.