Turmeric ingredient receives self-affirmed GRAS status

by Jeff Gelski
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Sabinsa Corp. has received self-affirmed Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status for its antioxidant ingredient Curcumin C3 Complex, which includes turmeric (Curcuma longa), for use in foods and beverages. An independent panel assembled by Soni & Associates, Inc., Lake Villa, Ill., reviewed safety and toxicology data on the branded and patented ingredient.

Potential applications include baked foods, milk products, fats, oils, jams, jellies, gelatins, puddings, soups, snacks, candy, frozen dairy, imitation dairy, non-alcoholic beverages, seasonings and flavors.

"We are excited to introduce Curcumin C3 Complex to the expanding world market as a functional food ingredient," said Shaheen Majeed, marketing director of Piscataway-based Sabinsa. "This branded turmeric root extract, popular in the dietary supplement industry as a clinically validated ‘bioprotectant’ composition, is now available to manufacturers of food products as well."

Curcuminoids, which are compounds found in turmeric, offer antioxidant support, anti-inflammatory support and immune system support, and they potentially prevent connective tissue breakdown through inhibiting destructive enzymes.

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