Conagen has developed sustainable, antioxidant kaempferol via a proprietary fermentation process, enabling beauty and personal care brands to adopt a more natural positioning.
Kaempferol is a flavonoid with health-promoting properties found in tea, fruits and vegetables, especially rich in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. Accordingly, kaempferol provides powerful antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits to humans.
According to the company, dietary kaempferol in multiple studies has demonstrated a range of beneficial activities, primarily as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Kaempferol’s antioxidant property can help the body’s defense against free radicals.
Conagen derived the kaempferol from its molecular platform for flavonoid antioxidants, including the previously announced molecules: DHQ, also known as taxifolin; p-coumaric acid; hydroxytyrosol; and rosmarinic acid.
The natureal kaempferol will be distributed via Conagen’s commercialization partner, Blue California.
“We’re bringing to market a pure and natural kaempferol at affordable prices that were not possible or available until now,” said Casey Lippmeier, Ph.D., vice president of innovation. “Conagen’s scalable, precision fermentation for producing flavonoids like kaempferol is more efficient and sustainable than what can be achieved with the chemically-synthesized or botanically-sourced molecule.”
“This launch further demonstrates our talent for delivering innovative compounds which are ideal for dietary supplements and ‘clean-label’ ingredients for functional foods, beverages, and cosmetics,” added Lippmeier. “Our vision for promoting health and wellness is to continuously leverage our precision fermentation capabilities for high-quality phenolic and flavonoid phytonutrients, thus confirming our position as a leader in the development of strains and processes for making clean-label ingredients and nutraceuticals.”