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Actiful® - New Publication Reveals Physical and Mental Health Benefits in Elderly

Actiful® – New Publication Reveals Physical and Mental Health Benefits in Elderly

Maastricht, The Netherlands, August 29th, 2022

Press release
A new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial with Actiful® was recently published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Ageing. The study investigated whether Actiful® improves physical fitness and mental well-being in healthy elderly. Additionally, blood biomarkers for oxidative stress and endothelial function were measured. Key findings of the study were an improvement in handgrip strength, a measure of physical fitness, and psychological functioning facets, such as thinking, memory, learning, and concentration.

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The study

The new research, published in the Journal of Nutrition Health & Ageing, was conducted by researchers at Maastricht University led by Dr Freddy Troost in collaboration with BioActor, the developer and manufacturer of the branded ingredient, Actiful®.

Actiful® is a citrus flavonoid and pomegranate complex designed to boost vitality and support energy levels for an active lifestyle. The ingredient is standardised for its content in highly bioavailable 2S-hesperidin, an important citrus flavonoid which already showed in previous BioActor studies the efficacy in improving blood flow and sports performances in both highly trained and recreational athletes.

The new study investigated whether daily supplementation with 700mg of Actiful® would affect physical fitness and psychological functioning in a healthy elderly population.

As life expectancy increases rapidly, the elderly population is growing in numbers. Ageing is one of the main risk factors for a wide variety of diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and reduced physical function. Therefore, strategies to support vitality in senior subjects are becoming increasingly relevant.

 

The methods

The study included 36 active seniors aged between 60-75 years old. The design of the clinical trial was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. All participants received both treatments and placebo: four weeks of supplementation with Actiful® and four weeks of supplementation with the placebo, separated by a washout period of 4 to 8 weeks.

During the intervention, participants completed the WHOQOL-100 questionnaire, a list of 100 questions created by the World Health Organisation and validated to assess the quality of life. In addition, a senior fitness test and handgrip measurements were performed, which are validated measures of physical performance.

Furthermore, nitrate levels were measured as a marker of endothelial function. Nitrate is considered an important signalling molecule involved in endothelial function by inducing vasodilation, leading to improved blood flow.

Oxidative stress was also evaluated by determining malondialdehyde (MDA) plasma levels. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body and can damage cells, proteins and DNA, contributing to ageing.

 

The results

The study results indicate that four weeks of daily Actiful® supplementation significantly improved handgrip strength in healthy elderly. Handgrip strength is an important measure of physical fitness associated with reduced all-cause mortality, as well as increased cognitive function, mobility, and functional status.

According to the researchers, a potential mechanism that might be associated with improving handgrip strength is improved mitochondrial function. In fact, the role of hesperetin – the main metabolite of Actiful®, in mitochondrial functioning, increased intracellular ATP production, and mitochondrial spare capacity was already observed in vitro.

“With age, the number and functionality of mitochondria decreases. Dysfunctional mitochondria have reduced the capacity for producing ATP – our muscles’ principal energy source. Therefore, the next step is to confirm the effect of Actiful® on mitochondrial biogenesis and functionality in humans in vivo”, the researchers commented.

In addition to the handgrip strength, also psychological function improved after the 4 weeks of supplementation with Actiful®.

Specifically, the researchers found a significantly higher score for the treatment group than the placebo in the thinking, memory, learning, and concentration facet. As the quality of life is an important factor in successful ageing, improved psychological functioning is deemed increasingly relevant.

MDA and NO3 were also analysed as a measure of oxidative stress and endothelial functions. After supplementation, plasma MDA decreased compared to the placebo, a sign of improved oxidative stress status.

Finally, higher production of NO3 was observed. NO3 is an important signalling molecule involved in endothelial function by causing vasodilation in smooth muscle cells and can contribute to improving blood flow and exercise capacity, as demonstrated in previous studies.

Overall, the study results suggest that Actiful® consumption results in improved physical performance and better quality of life, which are two crucial factors in successful ageing.

We are pleased with the results of this clinical trial, which includes improvements both in physical fitness and mental well-being, as well as improved oxidative stress markers. These results have piqued our interest regarding potential underlying mechanisms of action, which are currently being investigated in our new clinical trial.” Commented Sanne Ahles – clinical researcher at BioActor.

 

Opportunity for innovation

Actiful® has been developed to support vitality and energy levels contributing to healthy ageing. The active ingredient can already be found in various products on the market worldwide. Actiful® is easy to formulate, and it can be added to a wide variety of dietary supplements in several convenient formats, including gummies, effervescent tablets, capsules, ready-to-use sachets and drinks.

 

About BioActor

BioActor, based at the Maastricht Health Campus, Netherlands, is a life science company that has developed a range of proprietary bioactive ingredients for the nutrition & consumer health industries. The company focuses on the development of plant-based health ingredients for active living and healthy ageing. The goal is to provide the nutrition & consumer health industries with clinically tested innovations that confer a real health benefit to the consumer.

Feel free to contact BioActor via info@bioactor.com for more information on the possibilities that Actiful® has to offer.
Further information can be found on: www.actiful.eu and www.bioactor.com


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The effects of Hesperidin on exercise performance - New publication from BioActor in collaboration with Maastricht University

The effects of Hesperidin on exercise performance – New publication from BioActor in collaboration with Maastricht University

Maastricht, The Netherlands, July 22nd, 2022

Press release
The review recently published in Nutrients was conducted by BioActor in collaboration with Maastricht University and examined the potential mechanisms through which hesperidin can improve exercise performance.

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A review on hesperidin and exercise performance

Nutrients, a leading peer-reviewed scientific journal of human nutrition, has recently published a review about hesperidin’s effect on exercise performance. The research was conducted by M. Imperatrice, a clinical researcher at BioActor, in collaboration with the Maastricht University’s Department of Human Biology.

 

This review collects the results of randomized controlled trials (RTCs), animal studies, and in vitro studies providing more evidence on how hesperidin, a flavanone abundantly present in citrus fruits, could lead to enhancement in exercise performance.

 

According to the review’s results, hesperidin is able to improve endothelial function (via increased NO availability), inhibit ROS production, decrease production and plasma levels of pro-inflammatory markers, and improve anaerobic exercise outcomes (e.g. power, speed, energy).

 

We are really proud to share the results collected in our review about the potential mechanisms linking hesperidin to enhanced anaerobic performance, namely improved endothelial function, reduced exercise-induced oxidative stress, and inflammation. For elite and recreational athletes, hesperidin could be a promising food supplement to optimize the oxygen and nutrient supplies of the muscles, stimulate muscle contraction, and enhance muscle recovery between training sessions. The ergogenic effects that hesperidin can bring to the spectrum of improved exercise performance are promising and should be investigated further. With our “Actiful 2” ongoing Clinical Study, we are going to deepen this knowledge by investigating both the effects of hesperidin supplementation on endurance exercise and on changes in intramuscular markers via skeletal muscle biopsies.” said M. Imperatrice.

 

BioActor’s interest in hesperidin has resulted in the development of two active ingredients. The first ingredient branded under the name WATTS’UP® and targeting sports performance has already been tested in two randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials, one with highly trained athletes and one with moderately trained subjects. The second ingredient goes under the name Actiful® and targets energy and vitality. This ingredient has already been tested in randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials, in elderly subjects, showing physical and mental benefits.

 

About BioActor

BioActor, based at the Maastricht Health Campus, Netherlands, is a life science company that has developed a range of proprietary bioactive ingredients for the nutrition & consumer health industries. The company focuses on the development of plant-based health ingredients for active living and healthy ageing. The goal is to provide the nutrition & consumer health industries with clinically tested innovations that confer a real health benefit to the consumer.

Feel free to contact BioActor via info@bioactor.com for more information on the possibilities WATTS’UP® and Actiful® have to offer.
Further information can be found on: www.wattsup.eu, www.actiful.eu and www.bioactor.com


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Started new clinical trial with Actiful®

Started new clinical trial with Actiful®

Maastricht, Netherlands, May 4th, 2022

Press release
BioActor has officially started a new clinical trial with Actiful® in healthy middle-aged adults. Actiful® is BioActor’s innovative citrus and pomegranate complex ingredient designed to enhance vitality and support an active lifestyle.

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The new randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study

BioActor announced today that it has officially started the new intervention study on Actiful®.

Actiful® is an orange and pomegranate complex with demonstrated health benefits such as improving blood flow,  increasing energy levels, improving mitochondrial efficiency and boosting mental well-being.

This is the second clinical study that will be conducted with Actiful® and it will be performed in collaboration with Maastricht University at the research facilities in Maastricht and Venlo.

Duting this new double-blind placebo-controlled study, 52 healthy middle-aged (40-65 years) will take the supplements (or the placebo) for a duration of 12 weeks. The aim of this study is to assess the effects of Actiful® on physical fitness, vitality and quality of life.

The primary outcome (VO2max) will be estimated by use of the Ekblom-Bak submaximal test, a novel test performed on a cycle ergometer.

Additionally, a sub-group of participants will undergo a skeletal muscle biopsy to explore the effect of Actiful® on mitochondrial biogenesis and muscle repair.

As we age, we tend to have less energy and lose vitality. Functional foods and dietary supplements containing polyphenols are seen as an excellent strategy for long term sustained energy production. BioActor is addressing this need by developing a unique product- Actiful®. This product consists of all-natural ingredients from oranges and pomegranates.

“I’m really excited to be part of this project as the combined effect of hesperidin and punicalagin on enhanced performance has never been studied before”, says Maria Imperatrice, the study executive researcher in Maastricht. “We are very curious to explore their effect on human exercise and deepen the knowledge of the effect of polyphenols on mitochondrial biogenesis and muscle regeneration.”

About BioActor

BioActor, based at the Maastricht Health Campus, Netherlands, is a life science company that has developed a range of proprietary bioactive ingredients for the nutrition & consumer health industries. The company focuses on the development of plant-based health ingredients for active living and healthy ageing. The goal is to provide the nutrition & consumer health industries with clinically tested innovations that confer a real health benefit to the consumer.

Feel free to contact BioActor via info@bioactor.com for more information on the possibilities Actiful® has to offer.

Further information can be found on:  www.actiful.eu and www.bioactor.com


6 Reasons to Include Actiful® in Your Energy Supplement

Top 6 Reasons to Include Actiful® in Your Energy Supplement

Top 6 Reasons to Include Actiful® in Your Energy Supplement

November 1st, 2021

As energy-boosting dietary supplements are gaining popularity amongst consumers, the need for clinically-proven health ingredients is growing accordingly. If you are a formulator looking to craft an effective product targeting energy & vitality, you may be overwhelmed by the many ingredients available out there. Can’t make your mind up? In this article, we explore the top 6 reasons to include Actiful® in your product.

6 Reasons to Include Actiful® in Your Energy Supplement

The growing interest in energy-boosting supplements.

In today’s hectic world, more than ever, people suffer from tiredness and lack of energy. Many consumers indeed tackle physical and mental stress with the help of dietary supplements, which help them with avoiding the fatigue feeling, doing more sport and being more socially active.

The interest in nutritional solutions for an extra energy kick is increasingly gaining popularity. In fact, according to the recent CRN consumer survey on dietary supplements, improving energy levels is among the top 5 reasons for consuming such products (28%, a 7% increase yearly), showing how people are relying on supplements to get through the day.

What is Actiful®?

Actiful® is a patent-protected orange and pomegranate complex specifically designed to enhance energy and vitality, affecting short-term and long-term energy systems and improving mood.

This all-natural ingredient is standardized for highly bioavailable hesperidin, an important polyphenol found in sweet orange (Citrus Sinensis).

BioActor developed Actiful® and, together with Maastricht University, researched the ingredient and confirmed its health benefits in multiple randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials.

Including Actiful® in your formulation: top 6 reasons

If you are thinking of including Actiful® in your formulation, you must know the following:

 

1. It has been clinically tested in both young and senior subjects.
When the common goal is being more active, Actiful® is the ideal ingredient for both young and senior subjects.

The efficacy of Actiful® was first demonstrated in a 4-week randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study conducted with young subjects. The results show that immediate and sustained energy improved significantly for the supplementation group compared to placebo.

In another clinical trial, the objective was to measure the effect of Actiful® on energy and mental wellness in seniors. As expected, anaerobic power significantly improved in the supplementation group.

Interestingly, also the WHO Quality of Life scores on mental wellness significantly increased in the Actiful® group, compared to the placebo.

 

2. It boosts the NO levels, thereby improving the blood flow.
The active flavonoids in sweet orange, the major component of Actiful®, were found to activate the phosphorylation of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (eNOS). eNOS is the key enzyme for Nitric Oxide (NO) synthesis. Consequently, NO increases, having a beneficial effect on the endothelium by promoting vasodilation and increasing blood flow.

As a direct consequence of the improved blood flow, oxygen and nutrients are more efficiently transported to the body districts where required.

Pomegranate further augments the production of NO as it is an excellent donor of highly bioavailable nitrate.

 

3. It works directly at the mitochondrial level.
Experiments in myotubes showed that Hesperitin, the active flavanone derived from the metabolization of Actiful®, enhances ATP production at the mitochondrial level.

By quenching the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reducing proton leakage between the intermembrane space and the mitochondrial matrix, Hesperitin is able to improve the proton gradient required for the ADP-ATP phosphorylation cycle.

This process results in a better “respiration capacity” of the mitochondria, leading to more ATP production, the fuel for our muscle.

 

4. It acts on the body as well as on the mind.
Mood is a crucial aspect of every individual’s well-being. Stress, anxiety, focus and happiness are all factors that affect our psychophysical wellness.

It was demonstrated that the supplementation with Actiful® not only positively affects the energy level, but it may also affect the mood.

As it is clear that body and mind work in tandem, Actiful® can be considered the perfect vitality enhancer!

 

5. High bioavailability is proven.
Bioavailability is an important aspect to consider in nutraceuticals, as it is a key indicator of absorption and directly influences the bio-activity of specific molecules.

Actiful® was developed with this concept in mind, and a human and in vitro study demonstrated that the active ingredient starts to be taken up by the body within minutes.

Furthermore, the active metabolites remain available for several hours after consumptions. Hence, Actiful® offers excellent potential for a significant immediate energy boost, maintained over time after consumption.

 

6. It is patent-protected.
Actiful® is an innovative and patent-protected ingredient. BioActor is a pioneer in researching the positive effect of citrus flavonoids on energy metabolism.

This further adds value and makes Actiful® even more unique. Why? Because you won’t find imitations in the marketplace.

If you are interested in learning more about Energy & Vitality – Trends, Clinical Research and Innovation, you should check out our webinar on this topic. Click here to register!


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WEBINAR – Learn about Vitality

WEBINAR – Learn about Vitality

June 7th 2021

Vitality is an attractive health proposition for many consumers. More than ever, people are looking for real solutions to achieve their goals in life, with physical and mental wellness among them.

The holistic approach and desire for vitality aren’t restricted to 50+ individuals trying to get back to their youth. In fact, younger generations are demanding products supporting their busy lifestyles. However, vitality could be seen as a hazy concept with different meanings. That’s why vitality positionings represent both an attractive and yet open opportunity for supplement brands.

At BioActor we have embraced the vitality concept, and we are focusing on the research in this field with a three-dimensional approach: physical, mental, and sexual health.

What are you going to learn during the webinar?

Trends & Consumer Insights

Who are these consumers and what are they looking for? Presentation by Marit Veenstra – Trends and consumers insights specialist, who will provide insights into the consumer trends driving the vitality segment of the nutraceutical and functional foods market.
Duration: 10 minutes

Clinical Research

How do you research vitality? Presentation by Sanne Ahles – Clinical researcher, who will dive into the science, explaining the relevant endpoints, tools and biomarkers, currently used in clinical research to assess vitality.
Duration: 10 minutes

Innovation

Why citrus flavonoids offer great possibilities to innovate and bring vitality to consumers? Presentation by Cosimo Cisternino – Account manager at BioActor, who will introduce the health ingredient Actiful® – A natural citrus flavonoids booster for energy and vitality.
Duration: 10 minutes

Q&A session

Duration: 10 minutes

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New Actiful® clinical study on physical fitness and mental wellness in active seniors

New Actiful® clinical study on physical fitness and mental wellness in active seniors

Maastricht, The Netherlands, June 11th, 2019

Press release
BioActor recently completed a new clinical study with Actiful® on physical fitness and mental wellness in active seniors. Actiful®, a natural superfruit orange & pomegranate complex, was tested in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study in active seniors.The new clinical study shows that Actiful® supplementation has a positive impact on parameters of physical fitness, quality of life and mental wellness in healthy active seniors.

The Clinical Findings of Actiful®

Actiful®, is a superfruit citrus and pomegranate complex designed to support active living. Previous clinical trials investigated the effects of Actiful® on blood flow, with improved vasodilation and a more efficient use of oxygen in the mitochondria, resulting in more energy production. A recent clinical study on Actiful® revealed a significant improvement of anaerobic power and mental wellness in active seniors.

The purpose of this study was to determine whether 4 weeks of daily supplementation of Actiful® enhances physical fitness and mental wellness compared to placebo in healthy active seniors. The participants had an average age of 66 years and were all in good condition.

Physical fitness was determined by the Senior Fitness Test with significant improvement in anaerobic power observed in the Actiful® group compared to placebo. The WHO Quality of Life questionnaire was completed by the participants, to assess their quality of life which resulted in a significant improvement in Mental Wellness in the Actiful® group compared to placebo.

Actiful® has been developed to meet the market need for specific nutrition to support active living and vitality.

About BioActor

BioActor, based in Maastricht, Netherlands, is a product development company that has developed a range of proprietary bioactive ingredients for the nutrition & healthcare industry. The company focuses on the development of innovative activities that address active living and healthy aging. The goal is to provide the nutrition & healthcare industry with science-based innovations that confer a real health benefit to the consumer.

Feel free to contact us via info@bioactor.com for more information on the possibilities Actiful® has to offer. Further information can be found on: www.actiful.eu