October 1, 2021, Wageningen, The Netherlands – Dutch health ingredients company, NutriLeads, announced the launch of its proprietary immune health ingredient, BeniCaros™. Upcycled from carrot pomace, BeniCaros is developed for supplements and functional food & beverages, and it is clinically supported to help to prepare your immune system to be fit all year round.
NutriLead’s proprietary extraction process unlocks rhamnogalacturonan-I (RG-I), the polysaccharide that gives BeniCaros its potential to deliver a dual mechanism of immune support. BeniCaros and its benefits are based on many years of robust pre-clinical and clinical research providing evidence that daily consumption of BeniCaros prepares the healthy immune system to function at its best when it matters most. As little as 0.3 grams per day was shown to be effective in a pivotal clinical trial. BeniCaros works by supporting the immune system to become more responsive to potential threats and challenges while also stimulating beneficial gut microorganisms and their metabolites, which in turn support immune responses.
“I have been active in this field for more than 25-years and have never seen another ingredient with such distinctive data supporting its effectiveness. Our main clinical trial demonstrates unique and very consistent effects of BeniCaros,” said Dr. Ruud Albers, CSO of Nutrileads. “There are many immune health ingredient options out there, but very few that work like BeniCaros and even fewer that work with the same efficacy to support immune function. At a time when demand has surged for immune health solutions, we see BeniCaros as a clear and unique way to improve health and wellness.”
BeniCaros is a soluble fiber made using a proprietary process by upcycling carrot pomace, a side stream of carrot juice production. It is a sustainably produced, tasteless and odorless powder that does not use artificial additives, making it a very label friendly ingredient. BeniCaros can be formulated into most functional food, beverage and supplement formats and meets consumer demands for a sustainable, clean ingredient that makes a difference.
“Having worked with the NutriLeads team on the development of BeniCaros since 2015, I am thrilled that we can now launch BeniCaros and make its benefits available to consumers together with our partners, the food & beverage and supplement companies,” said Erik Dam, CEO of NutriLeads. “There is no better way to get these benefits. While you can eat carrots, and RG-I is a natural component of carrots, it requires our proprietary technology to fully unlock RG-I from the carrot and make it available in the gut where it can do its work. BeniCaros delivers superior benefits for optimal health outcomes at a time when consumers want and need it most.”
NutriLeads has signed its first agreements and is currently in further discussions with other food companies and supplement manufacturers to incorporate BeniCaros into dietary supplements and functional food and beverage products.
Learn more about NutriLeads and BeniCaros by meeting Erik Dam, Ruud Albers and the NutriLeads team at stand #H70E at VitaFoods Europe, booth #5531 at SupplySide West, stand #30L81 at FI Food Ingredients in Germany.
Established in 2012, NutriLeads is a Health Ingredients company advancing nutrition to strengthen human health. Based on our proprietary RG-I platform, we are developing a portfolio of natural, plant-based ingredients that are clinically proven to support human physiology and modulate the gut microbiome. The Company’s first commercially available RG-I-based ingredient, BeniCaros, supports immune function. The ingredient, which is extracted from carrots, is developed for the formulation of dietary supplements and functional foods. The Company is headquartered in Wageningen, the Netherlands, a world-renowned center for nutrition and health research and development, also known as the ‘Food valley’.