“Food and beverage applications appeal to the growing ranks of consumers who are actively seeking to add more fiber to their diets,” said Lorraine Leahy, registered holistic nutritionist and president of AppleActives. “Adding AppleActiv in formulations at the recommended levels not only provides consumers with a ‘good source of fiber’ claim, but also provides a clean label, free of gluten, dairy, additives, dyes, synthetic vitamins, chemical preservatives and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).”
AppleActiv is more than 50% fiber, including 12-15% pectin soluble fiber, which is known for improving the intestinal environment and reducing cholesterol levels. AppleActiv also contains 3-4% ursolic acid, shown to help promote lean body mass.
In food/beverage as well as supplement applications, AppleActiv offers a convenient way for health-conscious consumers to add whole-food nutrients to their diet. A study comparing the nutritional content of apple flesh and apple peel showed that the peels contained up to six times as many polyphenols and flavonoids (including quercetin) as the flesh. The high level of phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity in apple peels work together to promote healthy aging, quench free radical activity, protect the body against oxidative stress and help keep inflammation within the healthy range.
AppleActiv supports a variety of age-related conditions and can be blended with other ingredients to address a range of condition-specific health concerns, including joint health, cardiovascular health, cognitive function, immune health, and healthy stress response. A recent 12-week clinical study on healthy people with moderate complaints of reduced joint range of motion and associated discomfort found that subjects exhibited improved range of motion, reduction in joint discomfort and improvement in serum antioxidant protective status after daily consumption of dried apple peel powder (DAPP).