New Green Tech optimizes the extraction of aged black garlic


MADRID, September 27, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Pharmactive introduces its novel, environmentally friendly ABG Cool-Tech® technology, which optimizes the extraction process of its best-selling ABG + ® ripened black garlic extract through more sustainable methods. The company now also offers a more concentrated formulation, ABG25 + ®, which will be marketed along with its existing ABG10 + ® organic ingredient. The fortified and fortified formulation is designed to primarily serve the heart health and immune supplement field.

Aged black garlic is a functional food ubiquitous in culinary art. ABG + is made through the proprietary aging process of fresh garlic bulbs (Allium sativum L.). This process consists in promoting the Maillard reaction, which converts fresh garlic into ripened black garlic, which exerts the unique properties of deep black hue and a distinctive caramel-like taste and texture, while enriching the main bioactive molecules, creating a pool of potent antioxidants arises, including Polyphenols, Flavonoids, and Melanoidins. One of the most common of these is S-allyl cysteine (SAC), which is known for its cardioprotective properties.

Pharmaceutical‘s ABG + extraction line is obtained from a unique and premium variety of Spanish garlic called “Spring purple. “” We grow our garlic on sunny, dry terrain in Pedroñeras in Castile-La Mancha. Spain“, says Alberto Espinel, Manager of Strategic Research and Development in Active and Functional Natural Ingredients for Pharmaceuticals. “The harsh conditions stimulate garlic to produce the beneficial bioactive compounds unique to this treasured variety of garlic.”

“The onions are aged and extracted in Pharmactive’s own facilities near the fields, using proprietary green technology that creates very little waste and significantly reduces environmental impact,” continues Espinel. “It also significantly reduces energy consumption as production requires minimal industrial processing.”

New potent ABG25 + for the Hearth Health Supplement Space

Pharmactive’s new ABG25 + formulation is standardized to 0.25% SAC compared to its bio-certified predecessor, which contains 0.1% SAC, effectively reducing the recommended daily dose from 250 mg to 100 mg per day. “ABG25 + was designed to meet market demand for low-dose compositions that can be easily incorporated into smaller capsules,” explains Julia Diaz, Head of Marketing at Pharmak. “Our leading ingredient ABG10 + continues to be an excellent choice in both the supplement and functional food sectors.”

The increased potency of ABG25 + is attributed to the ABG Cool-Tech used by PharmactiveTM Extraction and purification technology as an additional feature embedded in its proprietary extraction process. The company’s technology focuses on the water extraction methodology, which is designed to optimize the extraction and preservation of 100% virgin SAC and other relevant bioactive compounds from ripened garlic. It does not use harmful solvents, synthetics or additives, and does not require the use of high temperature processes or burning methods (which is an extensive counterfeiting practice to avoid the costly aging process) that is common in the manufacture of aged black garlic. Such processes can increase the risk of the formation of oxidizing substances, such as Acrylamides and Furfurals.

ABG + trending in culinary art and wellbeing

Aged garlic has been valued for its cardiovascular and immunological properties for thousands of years. Today it is considered the ideal functional food for top-class cuisine worldwide, especially in Asia. “Black garlic is a unique, truly artisanal ingredient that is valued as much as truffles and caviar,” adds Espinel. “It exudes sweet balsamic nuances that create the compelling umami experience that so many chefs are looking for. It can be ideal for functional foods and gummy bears as it lacks the distinctive smell and taste of garlic.”

ABG + is also gaining importance in the scientific community. “In recent years we’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of published studies on black garlic in the peer-reviewed literature,” says Diaz. “And Pharmactive has invested in new clinical studies examining the antioxidant capacity of ABG + and its role in regulating heart health, as well as further research into its mechanism of action.”

In previous studies, Pharmactive’s award-winning ingredient ABG10 + has also shown the ability to balance blood lipids and maintain blood pressure, which is already in the normal range.

All of the ingredients in ABG + are water soluble and can be used in a variety of applications including gums, capsules, soft gels, syrups and powders. The non-irradiated ingredient has a shelf life of two years and, due to the lack of the characteristic smell and taste of garlic, is ideal for use in functional foods and gums.

About Pharmaktiv

Pharmactive Biotech Products, SLU, is a Madrid-based pioneering biotechnology company that develops and manufactures differentiated natural ingredients backed by scientific evidence such as high quality saffron extract and ripened black garlic. Pharmactive makes these innovative ingredients available to other companies in the dietary supplement, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries for marketing and sales. The company’s goal is to have a positive and significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing on a daily basis by providing premium botanical ingredients that have been backed by scientific studies and approved by ethics committees. Pharmactive is rated as one of the most innovative, high quality and environmentally friendly companies in the nutraceutical industry.

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