Mibelle introduces herbal extract to slow epigenetic aging

Derived from scarlet beebalm (Monarda didymaโ€‹), an aromatic herb from the mint family and native to Eastern North America, contains high quantities of bioflavonoids such as didymium and isosakuranetin. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalisโ€‹) is included as a technical process stabilizer.

“We tested several plant extracts for activity in various cellular anti-aging markers such as epigenetic aging, telomere shortening rate, and ATP production in mitochondria,โ€ย Dr. Torsten Grothe, head of food and health at Mibelleย Biochemistryย told NutraIngredients. “The scarlet bee balm extract showedย by farย the most promising results and was the only test sampleย that wasย active in all three tests.”

Epigenetic ageโ€‹

Epigenetic age, as opposed to chronological age, refers to the biological age of an organism as determined by changes in DNA methylation patterns, histone modifications and other epigeneticย factors.ย This concept of biological age is increasingly capturing consumer attention.ย 

“It has the potential of a new megatrend, but soย farย only a few ingredients and consumer products, typically as complex mixtures, have been investigated on a clinical level,” Grothe noted.

As consumer understanding of the healthy aging category evolves to include new claims including rejuvenation, longevity and slowing biological aging, Grothe said that he expects to see a “rapid increase in ingredients and supplementsย that areย clinically proven to slow down biological aging.”

In aย recent webinarย titled “The endless opportunities of agelessness”โ€‹, Nick Morgan, director of the market and product data insights company Nutrition Integrated noted that age is being redefined in marketing. Increasingly consumers are fighting against their chronological age and are now approaching aging as something which can be adapted and impacted by nutrition and lifestyle.ย 

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