Clinical Study Demonstrates Urological and Prostate Benefits of AssuriTEA

11 Apr 2014 --- Kemin has announced the publication of a clinical study in Therapeutic Advances in Urology, conducted by principal investigator Aaron Katz, M.D., chairman of urology at Winthrop University Hospital. The study concluded that daily use of 1,000 mg of AssuriTEA, a patent-pending polyphenol blend of select catechins and theaflavins, improved lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and quality of life in men in as little as six weeks.

“We are excited about the publication of the men’s health clinical study, which validates the hard work and comprehensive research on this unique, patent-pending ingredient,” said Jeff Flora, president of the human nutrition and health division of Kemin. “Improving urinary health is a top concern of older males, and we believe men can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle and maintain their quality of life using products that contain our AssuriTEA nutritional ingredient.”

Conducted over 12 weeks, the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study not only showed improvement in LUTS but also showed decreases in post-void residual volume, increases in average urinary flow rate, and improvements in quality of life as well as moderation of inflammation. In addition, no gastrointestinal distress or other undesirable side effects commonly associated with some other ingredients were reported.

“This study is significant because it is the first of its kind to show the measurable, urological benefits of combining specific quantities of catechins and theaflavins,” said Dr. Katz. “LUTS is one of the most common urologic conditions, affecting a majority of adult men as they age. Currently, some of the alternative nutritional-based approaches for managing men’s urinary function and comfort lack supporting scientific evidence.”

AssuriTEA is an exclusive, all-natural ingredient that uses water-extraction methodology to ensure the highest levels of select polyphenols. It is World-Friendly and Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for certain food and beverage applications. In addition to the clinical results for men’s health, clinical findings on the antioxidant benefits of AssuriTEA are expected to be published later this year.

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Kemin is dedicated to keeping food safe and fresh by delivering scientifically sound, innovative ingredients through local services and supply chain assurance. Kemin's natural plant-based extracts can conserve the appearance, taste and quality of your food products with minimal impact on their flavor, color and odor profiles. With natural plant extracts our customers benefit from proprietary flavor extracts developed with effective antioxidant properties for delaying oxidation and increasing shelf-life. These versatile, natural solutions are label friendly alternatives to traditional tocopherols or conventional synthetic antioxidants commonly used in the food industry. Our basic and controlled crop production allows our customers to feel at ease knowing that they have a sustainable and consistent supply.

Kemin is one of the most vertically integrated suppliers of rosemary extract worldwide and recently received a Sustainably Grown Certification on its rosemary breeding process following a third-party audit conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS). This certification signifies that Kemin is able to provide natural rosemary extract-based ingredients to customers who wish to have the highest level of sustainable agricultural practices validated and recognized by consumers.

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