Brain health ingredient receives GRAS status

by Jeff Gelski
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NEW YORK — Cognizin citicoline, a brain health ingredient, has received self-affirmed Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status, according to Kyowa Hakko USA, Inc. The New York-based company will market Cognizin as a food ingredient in the United States for use at levels of 250 mg per serving in such products as beverages, breakfast cereals, chewing gum, pastas, hard candies, milk products, fruit juices and soft candy.

Cognizin increases brain energy, provides structural components for synthesizing brain cell membranes and helps support the formation of several brain nutrients that regulate cognitive function, according to Kyowa Hakko USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Kyowa Hakko Bio Co., Ltd. Researchers at the Brain Imaging Center at McLean Hospital in Boston have observed increases in brain activity among people who took Cognizin.

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