Studies show efficacy of functional food ingredients

by Jeff Gelski
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Studies presented at Experimental Biology 2008 in San Diego earlier this month focused on two botanical functional food ingredients from Gourmetceuticals, L.L.C., Big Horn, Wyo.

PPL-240, an antioxidant extract derived from a South American fern, was found to reduce cell death caused by sun exposure, said Dr. Eduardo Reyes of the Laboratory of Immune System Diseases and Oncology at the National Biotechnology Center Associated Unit Department of Medicine, University of Alcala, Madrid, Spain.

Two other studies focused on GLPH-1, a polysaccharide extract derived from botanical yeast. One study found GLPH-1 activates white blood cells and binds to pathogen receptor sites to reduce uptake of infectious and disease-causing agents. The other study found GLP-1 may be a useful reagent for regulating immune response against viruses and bacteria.

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