The company also recently received recognition by the Council of Ecological Agriculture of the Region of Murcia for an organic grade of Benolea available to its customers
IFF has received Non-GMO Project verified certification for its Benolea (EFLA 943), an olive leaf extract the company says has been clinically shown to support cardiovascular health.
The olive leaves used for IFF’s formulation are nurtured and harvested in Spain as a side stream of the olive oil industry and the extract is processed at the company’s local Murcia facility.
“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,” said Laetitia Petrussa, Product Manager for IFF Health unit.
The extract is reportedly standardised to a concentration of polyphenols (30%), with 16-24% oleuropein, a strong antioxidant that actively contributes to the protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress. The ingredient undergoes the company’s EFLA HyperPure technology to eliminate contaminants as well ensure a consistently concentrated and stable source of polyphenols, IFF says.
Benolea’s heart-protective potential has been subject to studies in animal models and three human clinical studies. In one trial involving 20 monozygotic adult twin volunteers, Benolea intake was associated with dose-dependent decreases in blood pressure. This study also showed a significant reduction of LDL-cholesterol and demonstrated positive effects on blood lipid profiles.
A secondary metabolite of oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, is responsible for the antioxidant potential of olive leaves. One daily 500 mg dose of Benolea contains the equivalent of 20 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil-sourced polyphenols, IFF says.
“Our dedicated team of expert formulators worked intensively to achieve an ideal combination of olive leaf bioactives and maximize their full potential,” said Petrussa. “Our studies have demonstrated Benolea’s ability to exert coronary and vascular protection.”
The extract is water-soluble and can be integrated into applications such as softgels, powders, and capsules. It also is certified kosher and halal.