Nebraska Cultures now offers four new probiotic blends. Pro-Traveler Probiotic Blend combines Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Healthy-Defense Probiotic Blend is formulated to help fight yeast, fungal and viral infections. Kid-Kare Probiotic Blend is designed to help replenish the strains present in healthy children and infants. And, Digestion-PlusProbiotic is formulated to support a healthy colon by replenishing healthy bacteria and acidifying the colon.

Verdure Sciences has launched Longvida Optimized Curcumin. This ingredient supports age-related brain health and was shown to absorb into human plasma 65 times greater than non-optimized curcumin, says the company. Longvida is manufactured under GMP standards in an NSF International- and ISO-certified facility. 

Creatrate (a creatine nitrate) is a patented ingredient available through Premium Ingredients International. Three clinical trials, according to the firm, prove Creatrate offers more physiochemical properties than creatine monohydrate and buffered creatine. The nitrate compounds are said to offer increased bioavailability of all co-ingested ingredients, along with having higher levels of stability, dissolution and solubility.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Bridgewater, NJNational Starch, based here, completed a study indicating its Hi-maize resistant starch could benefit those with prediabetes.

New York, NY—Researchers based at the University of Utah Brain Institute have collected data they believe supports the use of a branded citicoline (Cognizin from Kyowa Hakko, based here) for improving attention.

Rockville, MD—Companies will now have an easier time finding information about U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) facility inspections and court actions.

NutriScience Innovations, LLC now offers Phosphatidyl Choline 40% Powder, derived from soy lecithin. This nutrient supports brain function, heart health, liver health and more. Says the company, “It is oil soluble and dispersible in water, making it suitable for a variety of dietary supplement and functional food applications.” 

Vegetarian DRcaps capsules from Capsugel. DRcaps are made from hydroxypropl methylcellulose (HPMC), and dissolve slower than traditional HPMC capsules. Capsules safeguard ingredients from dissolving immediately in stomach acid; contents are protected for at least 30 minutes in a gastric pH of 1.2 and release in a pH of 6.8. The product is said to decrease the aftertaste of ingredients.