Reduced inflammation: DSM natural ingredient to aid Tour de France team performance

636667236328616377team sunweb.jpg

09 Jul 2018 --- Royal DSM is continuing to supply professional cycling team, Sunweb, with sports nutrition solutions in the form of its dietary antiplatelet, Fruitflow, at this year's Tour de France. The supplement is said to reduce the “toxic effects of exercise” which can include inflammation and an increased risk of blood clots due to platelet aggregation. The mainstreaming of sports nutrition is facilitating an increasing amount of research into all factors of sports recovery and performance, and DSM is seeing a lot of room for growth for products targeting consumers ranging from professional athletes to the more casual sports enthusiast.

Intense exercise activates the body’s blood platelets within approximately three minutes, which leads to the production of thrombin and adrenaline in the blood vessels. This can cause inflammation for up to 48 hours, which slows down recovery and affects performance. Additionally, activated platelets can also cause increased blood clotting and is linked to deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Studies cited by DSM have shown that formulations containing Fruitflow, a natural ingredient, can reduce the toxic effects of exercise by more than half. Extracted from the jelly around the seeds of sun-ripened tomatoes, Fruitflow is a highly concentrated form of over 30 water-soluble bioactive compounds that are clinically proven to help with platelet aggregation. 

Click to Enlarge
Food and nutrition intake of the
professional cycling team: Sunweb.

“For top athletes, the margins between victory and failure are slim. Professional athletes need their nutrition to support them in every way possible, through both training and events,” says Ruedi Duss, Global Business and Marketing Manager at DSM Nutritional Products. “Fruitflow was the first natural cardio-protective functional ingredient to receive approval of an Article 13.5 claim from the European Commission and is ideal for cyclists that need to support their recovery for maximum performance.”

Sports nutrition mainstreams
The boundaries between sports nutrition and mainstream nutrition are blurring, as everyday consumers become increasingly health-focused and seek to reap the benefits that seasoned athletes have known for years.

Duss explains to NutritionInsight how the needs of health and exercise enthusiasts differ from those of the professional athlete, which can influence how products are formulated and marketed, for example, in the case of whether or not clean label is a top concern. “Different consumers have different drivers. For performance athletes, proven effectiveness is key – they want products to help them perform.  For health and fitness enthusiasts, organic or plant-based sources may be more important than performance.” 

However, he adds, Fruitflow taps into a range of market areas: “As the category expands with a range of consumers, suppliers will need to reflect their needs in product offerings. Excitingly, Fruitflow is a supplement that not only helps with recovery, for improved performance gains, but is 100 percent natural and plant-based, so it is possible to deliver products that work for different consumer groups.” 

Essentially, “Companies can differentiate themselves in this category with proprietary research data on their own, unique formulations.  Also, products like Fruitflow are patented, so can only be accessed through the brand owner.” 

NutritionInsight has previously reported in the partnership between DSM and team Sunweb. The creation of ISO PRO+ – an energy beverage with muscle recovery benefits that contains DSM’s Peptopro which claims to aid faster protein absorption – was the results of a three-way partnership between DSM, Team Sunweb and sports nutrition specialists, BORN. The aim: to maximize the Sunweb cycling team’s performance throughout this year’s cycling season.

By Laxmi Haigh, with additional reporting by Lucy Gunn

To contact our editorial team please email us at

DSM Nutritional Products


DSM is a leading global supplier of nutritional and speciality ingredients to food, beverage and dietary supplement manufacturers. The company creates, manufactures and markets innovative products and services, which are used in a wide range of nutritional and nutraceutical applications. Through its  Quali® -Blends premix service, DSM offers market insights and expertise, providing high-quality, tailored premix solutions for a wide range of applications and target sectors. The Quality for Life™ seal aims to ensure the quality of DSM’s ingredients, and responds to growing demand for reliable and traceable products which meet today’s stringent safety and sustainability requirements.

DSM has a broad porfolio of ingredients and concept solutions on a global level, focusing on the production and commercialization of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that enhance the health profile of products. These include a range of health benefit solutions: eye health, bone health, essentials for women, essentials for men, essentials for kids & teens, essential for vegetarians, energize your mind, relax your mind, empower your mind, heart health, beauty from within, weight management, sports nutrition, joint health, immunity, essential nutrition and healthy aging. DSM’s range of products delivers proven efficacy and is backed by solid research and technical understanding.

Related Articles

Nutrition & Health News

Targeting taste and texture: Agropur showcases whey protein ingredients at IFT

16 Jul 2018 --- With the protein trend still going strong, Agropur Ingredients is showcasing two new whey protein solutions at this year’s IFT. Agropur’s new Whey Protein Pods are touted as providing “much sought-after health benefits” and a crunchy texture to both sweet and savory applications, while the company's functional whey protein isolate, named BiPRO Crystal Clear (C.C.), is designed for high clarity and solubility in acidified protein beverages.

Nutrition & Health News

Food for thought: Suppliers on the cognitive health ingredients market 

13 Jul 2018 --- Cognitive health has proven itself a growing category, with new products appealing to consumers from all walks of life, from more senior citizens seeking to prevent cognitive decline, to busy office workers looking to combat mental fatigue. NutritionInsight speaks to suppliers about their views on this growing category.

Packaging & Technology News

Weekly Digest: Valensa’s spirulina “first ever” to earn USP verification, study highlights how “exercise is medicine” for the gut

13 Jul 2018 --- In nutrition news this week, Valensa International’s Parry Organic Spirulina became the first to be awarded the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) verified mark. In research news, Sabinsa’s pterostilbene proved beneficial for diabetic animals, Nektium’s patent-pending botanical extract Zynamite gained clinical support and exercise was found to deliver gut-health benefits. B&D Nutritional Ingredients appointed a new US Northeast Sales Manager and Newtrition, BASF’s human nutrition brand is hosting a worldwide innovation challenge.

Nutrition & Health News

Prioritizing nutrition: DSM sells pharma joint venture, takes majority stake in start-up

02 Jul 2018 --- Royal DSM has announced the proposed sale of DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals (DSP) – a pharmaceutical joint venture with China’s Sinochem Group – to Bain Capital. The move comes days after the Dutch company announced that it is seeking to streamline its portfolio and has set aside about €3 billion to expand its nutrition business. It suggests that further funds will become available for strategic moves within the nutrition arena, as DSM moves further away from its heritage chemical positioning and further cements itself as a leading nutrition powerhouse. 

Nutrition & Health News

Immunity ingredients space: From Ayurvedic roots to ocean garden

02 Jul 2018 --- The immunity ingredient space is reaching beyond classical vitamins, such as vitamin C, for immune health, with manufacturers highlighting a range of ingredients for their immune boosting properties. From Ayurvedic roots, botanicals, ocean garden's seaweed and yeast beta glucans, the market continues to diversify and expand to keep a growing market engaged. As John Quilter, Vice President and General Manager, GanedenBC & Wellmune, tells NutritionInsight, “Research shows that improving immune function is a leading health concern among consumers globally, with 87 percent expressing an interest in buying food and beverage products that deliver this benefit.”

More Articles