CAIF Offers Free B2B Advice on 5 Rising Ingredients in Food, Beverage and Nutraceutical Industries


Acerola (Malpighia emarginata)

Acerola, elderberry, quercetin, turmeric and zinc are known for their immune support activity and can easily be added to products.

MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 11, 2021 / – CAIF, which offers premium botanical extracts, flavors, powders and flakes, is pleased to announce that its consultants are on hand to provide advice on its five ingredients on the rise: acerola, elderberry, quercetin, turmeric, and zinc, which manufacturing companies easily add to their food (human and animal), drinks, and nutritional products. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the fallout from the long-running COVID, these science-backed, highly nutritious additions are likely to be very popular with consumers around the world. In addition, the general public is increasingly aware of the extraordinary benefits of these plants.

A brief overview of the immune system

“Among other diseases, a weakened immune system can lead to immunodeficiency disorders and disease progression” [1]

Our immune system is our body’s automatic defense army that is programmed to prevent viruses, bacteria, and other invading organisms from harming us and causing disease. However, if our immune system is weakened and weakened, invading pathogens can do their destructive work unhindered, thus making us easy prey for new diseases; vulnerable to the progression of a disease that we already have; prone to immunodeficiency disorders; and victim of excessive fatigue, infections, colds, etc. But as scholars like those at CAIF know, countless research articles (many of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals) have indicated that: correct function of immune cells that help support the overall integrity of the system immune ” [1].

Ingredients to improve and add value to the food, beverage and supplement industries

Acerola is one of the main natural sources of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), known to strengthen the immune system. In addition to that, it houses provitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, niacin, iron, albumin, calcium and phosphorus; as well as an exciting spectrum of phytonutrients including flavonoids, anthocyanins, phenolics and carotenoids. (Phytochemicals are not nutrients found in plants. These phytonutrients provide various biological activities and reduce the risk of contracting countless chronic diseases.) In addition, in recent years there has been a massive increase in interest in Acerola by pharmaceutical companies and the scientific community [1]. And on top of that, more and more consumers are reading its wonderful benefits.

Elderberries and flowers are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that boost the immune system, and research has indicated that these constituents can lower stress levels, help fight inflammation, and protect the heart. This plant is a great asset for the industry, because it can be added to:
teas, gelatin drops, syrups, wine, jam, food coloring and lotion for the face and body [2].

Quercetin is known for its antiviral activity; stimulate the immune system; decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines; generate leukotrienes; and suppressing the production of IL-4 [3].

The highly sought after bright yellow-orange component of turmeric, curcumin, is a potent immunomodulatory agent that can regulate the activation of T cells, B cells, macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, and dendritic cells. In addition, it can downregulate the expression of a number of pro-inflammatory cytokines. In fact, even at low doses, curcumin can increase an antibody response. This indicates that its reported beneficial effects in cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, allergies, arthritis, heart disease and atherosclerosis, could somehow be due to its ability to regulate our immune system. [4].

Zinc is vital for the development and function of cells that mediate innate immunity, neutrophils and NK cells. Additionally, if an individual is deficient in zinc, then their macrophages are compromised. Additionally, intracellular destruction, cytokine production, and phagocytosis are all affected by zinc deficiency. [5]. To this end, everyone must ensure that they receive enough of this very important mineral, whether through food or drink.

About CAIF

CAIF (Concentrated Active Ingredients & Flavors), Inc — Caif — is a supplier of innovative natural ingredients. These include botanical extracts, fruit and vegetable powders, flavors, natural preservatives, proteins, minerals, antioxidants, among other specialties. Based in Orange County, California, the company is known for its high quality control standards, comprehensive portfolio and sustainable processes. Caif is constantly working on the development of new products, researching innovations and following scientific advances in the field of nutrition.

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The references

[1]. Prakash A and Baskaran R. “Acerola, an untapped functional superfruit: a review on the last frontiers. J Food Sci Technol. 2018; 55 (9): 3373-3384. [2]. WebMD (2018). “Elderberry.” [3]. Mlcek, J., et al. “Quercetin and its Anti-Allergic Immune Response.” Molecules. 2016; 21 (5): 623. May 12, 2016. [4]. Jagetia GC, Aggarwal BB. “Spice up” the immune system with curcumin. J Clin Immunol. 2007 Jan; 27 (1): 19-35. [5]. Prasad, AS “Zinc in human health: effect of zinc on immune cells” Mol Med. 2008 May-June; 14 (5-6): 353-357. Published online April 3, 2008.

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