by Kelly Hensel
ChromaDex Corp. has announced that its pTeroPure pterostilbene ingredient has received self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status for use in foods and beverages.
Pterostilbene is a naturally occurring compound found in blueberries that reportedly has heart-health and cognitive benefits. ChromaDex’s pTeroPure is a synthetic form of the compound and has the potential to support healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels as well as benefit cognitive improvement and healthy aging, according to Mark Jost, Vice President of Corporate Development, ChromaDex. He explained that researchers at the University of Mississippi are conducting the first human clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the ingredient in patients with high cholesterol.
The ingredient can be used in a variety of products such as breakfast cereals, chewing gum, coffee, tea, hard candy, and processed fruit and vegetable juices. The Allowable Daily Intake for the ingredient is up to 30 mg/kg of body weight per day. The American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research reviewed the safety, toxicology, and proposed usage of the ingredient.