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Baltic Brainfuel: Discover the health and sustainability behind the Nero Eggert variety of Aronia berries

Baltic Brainfuel: Discover the health and sustainability behind the Nero Eggert variety of Aronia berries

August 31st, 2023

Discover the world of Aronia berries, where health and sustainability intertwine in the extraordinary Nero Eggert variety. With its exceptional nutritional profile and eco-conscious characteristics, this superfruit is a beacon of wellness for both individuals and the planet. Learn more about the reasons Aronia berries are superfruits and about the ever more special Nero Eggert variety.

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Aronia berries: Sustainable health-enhancers

Aronia berries are small dark fruits that are becoming increasingly popular amongst health-conscious consumers as they have excellent content in micronutrients and strong antioxidant properties. Moreover, they have many health benefits.

Apart from providing numerous health benefits, Aronia berries are also interesting from an environmental perspective, thanks to some unique characteristics of this plant.

This is particularly true for the variety called Nero Eggert, selected by BioActor to produce the active ingredient for brain health, namely Brainberry®.

Join us, while we dive into the reasons why Aronia berries are considered superfruit and why the Nero Eggert variety is especially great.

We visited Mr. Eggert, who spent more than 30 years on creating the Nero Eggert variety. Watch the video below:

Aronia Berries: Reason they are excellent for health and sustainability reasons

1. Full of nutrients and anthocyanins:

Aronia berries are more than just berries – they’re nutritional powerhouses. Packed with vital vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibers, these berries contribute significantly to your overall well-being. However, their true power lies in their antioxidant content, particularly the anthocyanins. These antioxidants play a pivotal role in combating oxidative stress and supporting cellular health.

2. Multifaceted health benefits:

Aronia berries have diverse health benefits. From bolstering cardiovascular health to enhancing cognitive function, these berries offer a holistic approach to health.

3. Embracing sustainability:

What truly sets Aronia berries apart is their minimal impact on the environment. Unlike resource-intensive crops, Aronia plants thrive on modest water consumption and natural pest resistance, making them a responsible and sustainable choice for environmentally-conscious consumers.

Nero Eggert variety: What sets it apart from other Aronia berries?

1. Sustainable harvesting methods:

Meet the Nero Eggert Aronia variety – a game-changer in sustainable agriculture. With unique low-reaching branches, this breed helps with harvesting practices. Not only does it yield more fruit per land area, but it also provides reduced land usage, striking a balance between productivity and ecological responsibility.

2. Flourishing amidst harsh climates:

Witness nature’s resilience through the Nero Eggert variety. Flourishing even in freezing temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius, these berries naturally rejuvenate during harsh winters, eliminating the need for chemical interventions. This adaptation showcases the variety’s capacity to coexist harmoniously with the environment.

3. Abundant in anthocyanins:

The Nero Eggert variety’s high anthocyanin content is a testament to its ability to thrive under stress. The challenging climate it thrives in stimulates the production of these antioxidants, making every berry a valuable source of natural health support.

4. Bee-friendly:

Beyond its health and sustainability attributes, the Nero Eggert Aronia berry plays a vital role in the ecosystem. Its extended flowering period provides nourishment for bees during their lifecycle, promoting biodiversity and exemplifying the variety’s contribution to preserving nature’s balance.

Nero Eggert Aronia Berries: A blend of health and sustainability

The Nero Eggert Aronia berry seamlessly intertwines health benefits and sustainable practices. For this reason, we have chosen this unique fruit as the base for our Brainberry® extract, which has been clinically validated to boost your cognitive performance.

Feel free to contact BioActor via info@bioactor.com and visit www.brainberry.eu and www.bioactor.com to learn more about Brainberry® or click here to learn everything you need to know about Brainberry® and brain health.


WEBINAR - Women's Health

WEBINAR – Women’s Health

Women’s health market, clinical data and product concepts with Bonolive® to address post-menopausal-related risks

Webinar: September 26th 2023 at 9AM PDT | 12PM EDT | 6PM CEST.

More than ever, nutrition and supplementation are recognized to be effective strategies to address women’s health. Join us in our next webinar to learn more about the market for women’s health supplements, clinical evidence supporting Bonolive®, and product formulations to target post-menopausal-related risks. Watch now on demand!

WATCH ON DEMAND

The Women’s Health market is a very dynamic one. Join our webinar to explore evolving trends, address needs across ages, and uncover recent developments. Experts will discuss key factors shaping women’s health, providing insights for global advancement.

Menopause is an important women’s health topic. It brings unique challenges due to hormonal changes. From short-term concerns like hot flashes to long-term risks like cardiovascular issues and bone loss, nutrition and supplementation are crucial for support.

Discover Bonolive® and how BioActor’s olive polyphenol-based ingredient enhances women’s health in our upcoming webinar.

Meet the Speakers:

What are you going to learn during this webinar?

Women’s Health Market & Trends

Presentation by Marit Veenstra – Operations Manager & Brand Strategist, who is going to talk about the present state of the Women’s Health market, the key considerations for women belonging to various age groups, and the trends within the market.
Duration: 10 minutes

Clinical Research

Presentation by Maria Imperatrice – Clinical researcher, who will introduce the science behind Bonolive® and the clinical trials showing the positive effect of Bonolive® on cardiovascular health, bone health and mobility.
Duration: 15 minutes

Formulating with Bonolive®

Presentation by Valeria Mastromartino – Account Manager, who will dive into Bonolive® mode of action, a new consumer study on its effect and product formulation examples risks related to women’s health.
Duration: 15 minutes

Q&A session

Duration: 10 minutes

WATCH ON DEMAND

BIOACTOR and PIXIENCE start collaboration on validation of skin imaging technology in nutrition studies

BIOACTOR and PIXIENCE start collaboration on validation of skin imaging technology in nutrition studies

BIOACTOR and PIXIENCE start collaboration on validation of skin imaging technology in nutrition studies

MAASTRICHT/TOULOUSE, August 22nd, 2023

Press release
BIOACTOR and PIXIENCE announce the start of a collaboration to test and validate an innovative skin imaging and testing technology in the context of a clinical study with a nutritional bioactive.

BIOACTOR and PIXIENCE start collaboration on validation of skin imaging technology in nutrition studies

BIOACTOR and PIXIENCE announce the start of a collaboration to test and validate an innovative skin imaging and testing technology in the context of a clinical study with a nutritional bioactive.

PIXIENCE has developed an innovative skin image capturing device (C-Cube) and image analysis software (QuickScale) for the evaluation of several skin parameters, including the evaluation of 3D images.

BIOACTOR has expertise in the clinical validation of health effects of natural compounds and is now setting-up a clinical testing platform around nutritional actives for skin health.

PIXIENCE is developing the C-Cube Clinical Edition and BIOACTOR will carry-out beta testing of the Clinical Edition in a new clinical study on an oral nutritional product. PIXIENCE will provide technical assistance to BIOACTOR for the skin image analysis in this new clinical study.

Sebastien Mangeruca, CEO of PIXIENCE comments:
We have initially developed our C-Cube and QuickScale suite of technologies for the evaluation of topical cosmetic products. BIOACTOR’s experience in running clinical studies for nutrition and its active programme around nutrition and skin health, makes them an ideal partner for testing and validating of our C-Cube Clinical Edition for nutrition studies”.

Hans van der Saag, CEO of BIOACTOR comments:
BIOACTOR is delighted to work with PIXIENCE, as PIXIENCE has developed a best in class skin imaging and analysis technology that will allow us to further improve our skin health for nutrition platform. BIOACTOR wants to bring clinically backed innovation to the nutrition industry. BIOACTOR tests all of its products in scientifically robust human intervention studies, working with partners like PIXIENCE and the Department of Health and Nutrition of Maastricht University.

About BIOACTOR

BIOACTOR, based in Maastricht, Netherlands, is a product development company that develops and supplies proprietary bioactive formulations to the health and sports nutrition industry. All BIOACTOR’s products are clinically tested, doping-free and from natural origin. The main focus areas are: gut microbiome, brain health, energy & vitality and skin health.

For more information, please contact:

BioActor
Hans van der Saag, CEO
Email: hans.vandersaag@bioactor.com

Pixience
Sébastien Mangeruca, CEO
Email: Sebastien.mangeruca@pixience.com
www.pixience.com


how a healthy microbiome boosts your immune system

How a healthy microbiome boosts your immune system

Unlocking the power of your gut: how a healthy microbiome boosts your immune system

August 18th, 2023

Did you know that your immune system’s performance is intricately tied to the health of your gut microbiome? In this article, we delve into the fascinating connection between your gut microbiome and immune system. Discover the key role of the gut microbiome in immune function and learn about the dietary components that can nurture a diverse and thriving gut ecosystem.

how a healthy microbiome boosts your immune system

A symbiotic relationship: gut microbiome and immune system harmony

The human body is a bustling ecosystem housing trillions of microorganisms, collectively known as the microbiome. Among these, the gut microbiome stands out as a vibrant community of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (1).

This intricate network collaborates to maintain a balanced blend of beneficial microorganisms, protecting us from potential invaders.

Recent advancements have illuminated the gut microbiome’s dynamic involvement in our well-being, extending beyond passive existence.

This intricate web of microorganisms actively influences various bodily functions, including bolstering the development and efficacy of the immune system. Our immune system, in turn, maintains a delicate equilibrium, defending against pathogens while avoiding autoimmune responses (2).

Microbiome’s immune-boosting strategies

Short-Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs)

At the heart of the gut microbiota’s influence on immunity lies the production of Short-Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs) through dietary fiber fermentation in the large intestine (3).

These SCFAs, such as acetate, propionate, and butyrate, play a pivotal role in maintaining gut balance and modulating immune responses. They orchestrate immune cell functions, like regulatory T cells and antigen-presenting cells, and stimulate cytokine and chemokine production, bolstering immunity.

Furthermore, SCFAs can directly quell pathogenic activity by suppressing virulence-related genes, curbing potential threats.

Fortifying the barricade: tight junctions

The gut’s tight junctions act as gatekeepers, upholding the integrity of the intestinal barrier (4). Inflammation or infections can disrupt these barriers, allowing undesirable substances to escape into the bloodstream, triggering immune responses (5, 6).

SCFAs step in as allies here, contributing to the assembly of robust tight junctions within intestinal cell walls. This reinforcement prevents the escape of harmful toxins from the gut, bolstering the gut wall’s ability to shield against infections (5).

When this symbiotic relationship thrives, the immune system guards us against infections. However, an unbalanced microbiota composition might trigger inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and chronic diseases (1, 5).

Strategies to help the gut ecosystem flourish

A diverse and balanced gut microbiome is universally recognized as vital for our health (7). Research highlights that such diversity empowers immune responses against infections while reducing autoimmune responses. Conversely, a low-diversity microbiome is linked to chronic inflammation and an elevated risk of colorectal cancer.

To nurture a flourishing and diverse gut microbiome, prioritizing a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle is very important.

Choose for a spectrum of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources. These foods, rich in fiber, prebiotics, and nutrients, provide nourishment for beneficial gut bacteria.

1. Fiber: the gut’s aid for immunity

Fiber’s role in gut health is crucial, as it bolsters microbiome diversity. A diet rich in fiber, found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, enhances gut bacteria abundance and diversity. This, in turn, augments immune function, reducing chronic disease risks (8).

2. Prebiotics: fuel for beneficial bacteria

Prebiotics, a specific type of fiber, serve as sustenance for our beneficial gut inhabitants. Foods like onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, bananas, and whole grains are brimming with prebiotics, nurturing a thriving microbial community.

3. Water: hydration and gut motility

Staying hydrated is crucial for optimal gut function. Drinking plenty of water helps maintain proper gut motility and prevents constipation. Adequate hydration supports the movement of food through the digestive tract, allowing beneficial bacteria to thrive and contribute to a healthier gut.

4. Probiotics and postbiotics: allies for immunity

Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi harbor probiotics—live bacteria conferring health benefits. Additionally, postbiotics, metabolic by-products or components produced during fermentation, like SCFAs, amplify the benefits. Consuming these products directly ingests these components, bolstering health.

5. Synbiotics: Uniting Prebiotics and Probiotics

Synbiotics, the blend of prebiotics and probiotics, synergistically promote gut health. Examples include yogurt with inulin or fructooligosaccharides (FOS), and kefir with galactooligosaccharides (GOS).

6. Reducing stress levels

Besides diet-related strategies, there are other ways to help your gut stay healthy. Stress can negatively impact the gut-brain axis and disrupt gut health. Practicing stress-reduction techniques like meditation or deep breathing can have a positive impact on both your mental well-being and gut health.

Cultivate your gut for immune resilience

In summary, the gut microbiome profoundly impacts the immune system’s effectiveness. A thriving and varied gut ecosystem fortifies us against infections and chronic ailments, while an imbalanced one heightens vulnerability. By embracing a well-rounded diet full of fiber, prebiotics, and fermented foods, we can nurture our gut microbiome, bolstering overall health.


MEET US - Vitafoods Asia 2023

Visit us at Vitafoods Asia 2023

August 15th, 2023

We are happy to announce that BioActor will participate in Vitafoods Asia 2023, the trade show that offers the opportunity to find out the latest trends in the field of dietary supplements, raw materials, and food and to network with other professionals from around the world. Visit us at Booth C41.

Meet us at Booth C41

If you’re looking for natural ingredients with verified clinical support to elevate your product development according to consumer needs, make sure to visit our booth! Our nutraceutical solutions guarantee success based on three fundamental principles: clinical efficacy, innovation, and high quality.

Vitafoods Asia 2023 offers an incredible opportunity to participate in discussions concerning our recently completed clinical trials, consumer studies, and collaborative endeavors!

New Clinical Data

Pass by our booth to learn about our recent trials on MicrobiomeX® for gut health, Brainberry® for cognitive performance or Actiful® for mitigating risk caused by harmful AGEs linked to chronic diseases.

Other than clinical data, we are happy to discuss the outcomes of our recent consumer research that delved into the effects of Bonolive® on postmenopausal symptoms.

New Collaboration

Vitafoods Asia also offers us a chance to chat about out new collaboration with PIXIENCE to test and validate an innovative skin imaging and testing technology in the context of a clinical study with a nutritional bioactive.

Solabia Nutrition

At Vitafoods Asia, we will be present under the flag of Solabia Nutrition, also showcasing our microalgae offering from our sister company Algatech. This includes their Astaxanthin and whole algae ingredients.

Book a meeting!



    Enhancing Mitochondrial Health Exploring the Significance of Nutrients

    Exploring the significance of nutrients for mitochondrial health

    Enhancing mitochondrial health: exploring the significance of nutrients

    August 8th, 2023

    Discover the influence of nutrients on your mitochondrial health. Dive into our blog to learn how magnesium, hesperidin, vitamin C, omega-3s, and more can enhance your mitochondrial health and boost your overall vitality.

    Enhancing Mitochondrial Health Exploring the Significance of Nutrients

    Nutrients to support mitochondrial health

    Maintaining the optimal performance of our mitochondria is pivotal for our overall well-being. These microscopic organelles act as cellular powerhouses, generating a significant portion of the energy necessary for our cells to function at their best.

    Beyond energy production, they also regulate metabolic processes and uphold a delicate balance of nutrients within our cells

    Dysfunctional mitochondria can result in notable symptoms like fatigue and muscle weakness. In more serious instances, they have been linked to critical health conditions such as cardiovascular ailments and neurodegenerative diseases.

    Consequently, prioritizing the health of our mitochondria is not only essential for general vitality but also plays a preventive role against potential illnesses.

    Within this article, we will take a look at specific nutrients that actively contribute to the maintenance and augmentation of mitochondrial health.

    Magnesium and mitochondrial vitality

    Magnesium plays a vital role in ensuring the well-being of our mitochondria. It serves as a crucial facilitator for enzymes responsible for energy production, while also exhibiting antioxidant properties.

    This antioxidative function of magnesium is particularly significant, shielding mitochondria from potential harm induced by harmful molecules. Additionally, magnesium takes on the responsibility of regulating calcium levels within mitochondria, a pivotal function in averting any potential malfunctioning (1).

    Sustaining an appropriate intake of magnesium is essential to uphold the health of mitochondria and prevent any disruptions in their functioning. Incorporating magnesium-rich foods into our diet, such as nuts, seeds, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables, provides a natural source of this essential mineral. Additionally, it’s a possible addition for an energy supplement.

    Hesperidin: a citrus boost for mitochondria

    Hesperidin, a natural compound present in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, offers significant potential in maintaining robust mitochondrial health.

    By boosting the expression of genes linked to energy production, hesperidin enhances mitochondrial functionality. This augmentation translates to increased energy production within the mitochondria, resulting in elevated energy levels and reduced fatigue (2).

    Moreover, hesperidin boasts anti-inflammatory attributes that play a role in curbing inflammation throughout the body. As inflammation can contribute to mitochondrial disturbances, mitigating this inflammation becomes a supportive measure for preserving mitochondrial well-being.

    Vitamin C to boost mitochondrial health

    Vitamin C holds a crucial role in maintaining the well-being of our mitochondria. Serving as one of the body’s most potent antioxidants, vitamin C offers safeguarding prowess against detrimental molecules known as free radicals, shielding our mitochondria from harm (3).

    Free radicals possess the capacity to impair mitochondria, diminishing their capacity to generate energy. However, vitamin C effectively counters these radicals, preventing their damaging effects.

    Therefore, ensuring your diet includes a good dose of vitamin C becomes a noteworthy strategy to keep healthy mitochondria.

    Omega-3s: helpful for energy

    Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of healthy fat found in foods like fatty fish, nuts, and seeds. They play a crucial role in promoting the health of our mitochondria.

    These fatty acids are boosters for mitochondria: they help these powerhouses extract more energy from the same amount of nutrients, which means less fatigue and more energy (4). Omega-3s also shield mitochondria from damage caused by harmful molecules. They also improve the mitochondria’s ability to transport nutrients in and out efficiently.

    Omega-3 fatty acids also bring anti-inflammatory capabilities, which is good for our overall well-being. Including foods rich in omega-3s in our diet is a smart move to support your mitochondria, boost energy production, and keep inflammation in check.

    B-vitamins and their ability to support mitochondrial well-being

    B vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B5, and B7, are fundamental contributors to the maintenance of optimal mitochondrial health. These vitamins play a pivotal role in facilitating energy production within mitochondria by participating in the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

    The main reason for this is that B vitamins can act as co-enzymes and precursors of co-enzymes that help in the breakdown of these nutrients. This is key for mitochondrial health. Inadequate intake of these B vitamins can lead to compromised mitochondrial function, resulting in sensations of fatigue, weakness, and muscular discomfort (5).

    Sustaining an adequate dietary supply of B vitamins is imperative to sustain the functional integrity of mitochondria and facilitate efficient energy synthesis.

    Intake of nutrients to support mitochondrial health

    In summary, looking after the health of our mitochondria is vital for our general well-being. A range of nutrients, such as hesperidin, magnesium, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin C, play key roles in supporting mitochondrial function. They not only help diminish oxidative stress and inflammation but also enhance exercise performance.

    By incorporating these essential nutrients in your diet, we can effectively boost our mitochondrial health and ensure our body’s energy production functions at its best.

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