Denmark-based ingredient provider Lallemand Health Ingredients has launched a range of yeast-based mineral and vitamins as part of its Lalmin range.
The company says that the new range of selenium, zinc and B vitamins yeasts have been developed for suitability in the formulation of food supplements that support nutricosmetic claims such as healthy skin, hair and nails.
In particular Lalmin Se incorporates the anti-oxidant qualities of selenium that have recently been recognized by EFSA as legitimate Health Claims, giving credence to claims concerning the protection of body cell constituents from oxidative damage and the maintenance of normal hair and nails.
Selenium has already been scientifically proven to protect cell constituents from oxidative damage, a fact that is underlined by Article 13.1 of the EFSA Health Claim, and has more recently been granted additional beauty claims for hair and nails.
Lalmin Se with selenium
The Lalmin Se range is based on inactivated whole cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast, which according to the company, contains elevated levels of organically-bound selenium – said to be the most bioavailable source of selenium for human nutrition.
Lallemand claims that a clinical has proven the sun-protection potential of an anti-oxidant complex containing Lalmin Se, showing that skin tolerance to UV light in volunteers increased, while melanin production and skin colouration were also enhanced.
Likewise, the study results also showed that there was a significant reduction of UV-induced oxidative stress and a reduction of genotoxicity in the skin that could contribute to a reduction in the effects of sun exposure such as skin cancers and ageing.
Zinc and vitamin B formulations
As well as the selenium formulation, the range also contains a zinc formulation designed around anti-oxidant qualities for hair nails and skin, while a vitamin B formulation is said to maintain healthy skin and hair.
According to the most recent market data available from Kline Group – which closely tracks the market for beauty-from-within products – the global market for nutricosmetics was worth $1.5bn in 2007, and is expected to grow to $2.5bn by 2012.
This growth is being led by specific key markets, a factor that is underlined by the launch activity in recent years. Those key markets include Europe, where France and the UK have tended to lead the way, the US and Japan.