IFF has received Non-GMO Project Verified certification for Benolea, the company’s branded olive leaf extract, according to a press release. The company also recently received recognition for an organic grade of Benolea from the Council of Ecological Agriculture of the Region of Murcia.
The olive leaves used for Benolea are harvested in Spain as a side stream of the olive oil industry. The extract is locally processed. IFF works closely with the olive growers to ensure quality, and tests the material through every step of production. Benolea is standardized to 30% polyphenols, with 16-24% oleuropein, the most prevalent phenolic compound of olives and an antioxidant.
The extract is used to support heart health. Animal studies and three human clinical studies have found that Benolea can help decrease blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, and can have a positive effect on blood lipid profiles.
“We have focused significant R&D activities on researching the cardioprotective mechanisms of the botanical ingredient and optimizing the formula to promote cardiovascular support at the highest purity, quality, and sustainability standards,” says Laetitia Petrussa, Ph.D., Product Manager for IFF Health unit, in the press release. “Our dedicated team of expert formulators worked intensively to achieve an ideal combination of olive leaf bioactives and maximize their full potential. Our studies have demonstrated Benolea’s ability to exert coronary and vascular protection.”