Functional Beverages

Afriples launches new functional ingredient for beverages

Afriplex has added carbohydrate-cerived fulvic acid (CHD-FA) powder to its stable of functional ingredients. The Paarl-based ingredients and flavour company says its CHD-FA powder is produced from a pure, refined plant material using a wet oxidation process and is free of contaminants and of a uniform pharmaceutical quality. The powder was initially developed for beverage applications, ranging from sports nutrition to a natural alternative as an anti-inflammatory. However, it is also proving to have potential in pharmaceutical applications, as a functional ingredient in, for example, oral care products for throat infections and general oral hygiene.

Why we need fulvic acid

Fulvic acid is a powerful chelator that binds minerals into a bio-available form used by living cells. This makes fulvic acid one of the most efficient transporters of vitamins and other nutrients into cells.

In addition, it plays an important role in the body as a natural electrolyte and in maintaining an ideal intra-cellular environment. This function impacts positively on the bio-reactivity between dissolved mineral complexes, elements and cells, resulting in electron transfer, catalytic reactions and transmutations into new minerals. A consequence of the colloidal properties of fulvic acid is that it bonds with both organic and inorganic contaminants in the environment.

In terms of functionality, good quality fulvic acid has the following properties: anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, it facilitates the transportation of vitamins and other nutrients into cells and, as a natural electrolyte, it maintains an ideal intra-cellular environment.

Why not any fulvic acid will do

When organic plant matter decomposes, humic acid is formed. A unique fraction of humic acid is water-soluble at all pH levels – and this part is called fulvic acid. Fulvic acid is therefore commonly produced by extracting it from soil, peat and coal, it is therefore only to be expected that commercially available fulvic acid would often be contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and other contaminants.

This contamination, along with the absence of consistent quality in natural deposits, has been the main factor preventing the use of fulvic acid in food and pharmaceutical as well as cosmetic formulations.

Enter Afriplex’s Carbohydrate-Derived Fulvic Acid (CHD-FA) powder… Produced to GMP standards in a controlled environment to specified reference standards, its CHD-FA is suitable for both pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.

It is free of contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides or herbicides; has been fully developed with efficacy tests for antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties; has been fully developed with the following safety tests completed: human ingestion safety trials; acute oral toxicity in rats; acute dermal toxicity rats; local lymph node assay in mice; CHD-FA: Reverse mutation assay “Ames test” using Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli (2 copies); oral (gavage) combined repeat dose toxicity study with reproduction/developmental toxicity; micronucleus test in mice; acute toxicity to Daphnia Magna; acute toxicity to Rainbow trout; algal growth inhibition test.

Has been certified Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) in the USA, and as a natural electrolyte it maintains an ideal intra-cellular environment.