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GRAS phosphatidylserine

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

GCI Nutrients Liposerine is the only phosphatidylserine currently Generally Recognized as Safe-affirmed by FDA, according to the Burlingame, Calif.-based firm. The agency deemed Liposerine suitable for use in a number of food products, including ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, yogurt, tofu, chocolates and beverages, in a July 20 GRAS notice. In May 2003, FDA approved a qualified health claim for phosphatidylserine and a reduced risk of cognitive dysfunction in the elderly (1"The Tan Sheet" May 19, 2003, p. 15). The ingredient firm foresees Liposerine in products targeting the aging baby-boomer market, but also in memory-loss products for school-aged children, according to a spokesperson for the firm. Liposerine is available as a 20% phosphatidylserine powder, a 35% phosphatidylserine powder and a 20% phosphatidylserine liquid. The branded ingredient also is suitable for use in dietary supplements, and Nu Skin, which markets supplements under the Pharmanex brand, was "intrigued" by the product, the spokesperson said. Liposerine is not the only branded phosphatidylserine; Cargill acquired the Leci-PS branded phosphatidylserine when it bought Degussa's food ingredients business in March (2"The Tan Sheet" April 3, 2006, p. 8)...

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