Here are the new Nating ingredients for a healthy life
Welcome to our newsletter dedicated to discovering new actives and improving well-being through exotic and extraordinary ingredients. Today we will take you on a tasty journey through the world of functional foods, in search of surprising flavors and tools to improve your health. “Savoring Originality” is our invitation to explore ingredients that are often overlooked, but which can bring a touch of originality and a nutritional boost to your daily diet. From exotic fruits like bergamot and quince to the fascinating avocado and mysterious black rice, we’ll dive into a universe of flavors and health benefits that might surprise you. These ingredients not only add originality to your dishes, but are also rich in nutrients, antioxidants and other beneficial properties that could contribute to your overall well-being.
In the vast panorama of natural ingredients, few manage to capture the magic and essence of the Mediterranean land like bergamot. Known for its unique scent and refreshing flavor, bergamot is a true agricultural treasure. Scientific research indicates that the flavonoids and glycosides present in bergamot could play a key role in protecting against various aspects of Metabolic Syndrome and in attenuating liver inflammation. Furthermore, bergamot appears to influence cytokine levels, improving insulin sensitivity and facilitating weight loss. In particular, flavonoids such as naringin, neohesperidin and neoeriocitrin are considered effective in counteracting oxidative stress1. Furthermore, a preliminary study was performed a few years ago on individuals suffering from schizophrenia, which investigated the effectiveness of the polyphenolic fraction of bergamot. The results clearly indicated a positive impact in patients suffering from Metabolic Syndrome, manifesting itself through an improvement in lipid and glycemic levels and impaired endothelium-mediated vasodilation2.
Let us now explore the peculiarities of the quince, a fruit with a fascinating appearance and a distinctive taste. QuincyNat®, developed by Nating, is an innovative combination of amaranth and quince, constituting a precious source of phenols mainly present in the peel of the fruit. These phenols give QuincyNat® notable antioxidant properties, acting as free radical neutralizers and possessing anti-inflammatory qualities. Particularly relevant is the action of QuincyNat® on interleukin L-10, suggesting a potential improvement in the treatment of pathologies related to inflammation. Phenolic acids, flavonols, flavones and dihydrochalcones are closely associated with the antioxidant activity of this compound, while the anti-inflammatory effect is attributed to phenolic acids and flavonols3. QuincyNat® is characterized by its dietary versatility, making it suitable for different dietary needs such as those of celiacs, vegans and vegetarians. This flexibility makes it an optimal choice for those who embrace a healthy and dynamic lifestyle. In addition, it is used in the food industry to produce jams, jellies, liqueurs and bars.
Continuing our exploration of fruits with a unique charm, we now turn our attention to the avocado, a green treasure rich in extraordinary nutritional properties. GlycavOx® was born from the union of amaranth seeds and avocado fruit and is widely used in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical sector both as a single ingredient and in combination with other extracts to create a low glycemic index food supplement for those who want to rebalance the parameters altered metabolic processes, such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol; or to provide antioxidant substances in the diet. Furthermore, regular consumption of avocado can contribute to weight loss and overall improvement of body well-being. Scientific research conducted on overweight and obese adults through a randomized controlled trial highlighted that the daily inclusion of avocado in a monitored diet led to an increase in antioxidants in the blood plasma, simultaneously reducing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and related indicators of oxidative stress4.
To complete this journey of flavors, we now delve into BlackNat®, a natural extract obtained from Oryza sativa, part of the Poaceae family, a variety of brown rice with reduced starch content which ensures slow absorption of sugars, thus contributing to increase the feeling of satiety. Black rice, thanks to its sensory characteristics such as taste, aroma and consistency, and its beneficial properties, represents an excellent choice for enriching the diet with variety, well-being and colour. An in vitro study on black rice showed a significant decrease in cholesterol absorption through inhibition of pancreatic lipase5. In a recent in vitro investigation conducted in 2021, it was found that anthocyanins present in black rice contributed to reducing hyperlipidemia, hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance, regulating lipid metabolism and the balance of intestinal microbiota in rats obese6.