Access our Newsletter: Spice News May 2017
CurQfen®- the FINALIST in the Nutra Ingredients Awards 2017 for the Ingredient of the Year – Heart Health category
Recent research at University of Kentucky, USA demonstrated the significant effect of CurQfen®, to reduce the aortic stiffness and brachial pulse pressure in young obese individuals by up-regulating the anti-inflammatory cytokines, when supplemented at just 500 mg/day.
The results of the double blinded randomized placebo-controlled study assume significance from the fact that aortic stiffness is directly linked to CV risks and CV mortality. Earlier human clinical trials also indicated the enhanced effect of CurQfen® in reducing the stress, anxiety and fatigue with a significant elevation in endogenous antioxidants such as glutathione. The remarkable ability of CurQfen® in reducing lipid peroxidation with detoxification potential also demonstrated the potential of CurQfen® to ameliorate cardiovascular risks. The uniqueness of CurQfen® lies in its ability to provide the bioactive free-form of curcuminoids to plasma and further into tissues, with improved blood-brain-barrier permeability. CurQfen® is setting up a new benchmark in bioavailability of curcumin, more than just the absorption of curcumin glucuronides to plasma!
Hybrid chili varieties gain root in Rwanda
AKAY joins hands with International Trade Centre (ITC), through its Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA) project, and Rwanda’s National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB) to develop premium quality, high value chili varieties in Rwanda.
Akay provided premium quality chili seeds to NAEB for distribution to the Rwandan farmers, and the seedlings were effectively transplanted from nurseries to the main fields under the supervision of the project team. Select farmers are currently growing new chili varieties in Rwanda, and Akay has agreed to buy their entire harvest at prevailing market prices. SITA organised a mission to assess the progress of the hybrid chili trials in Rwanda. The team included Shibu Anandarajan from Akay Flavours & Aromatics, J. Marie Munyaneza from NAEB, spices expert Dr. C.K. George, and SITA representatives from Geneva and Rwanda.
There is good potential for hybrid chili cultivation in Rwanda. It will help generate more employment opportunities for youth and women and will improve their socio-economic conditions. It will also help Akay buy ‘pesticide regulated chili’ at competitive prices to meet the growing demand for chili in the future. The mission gave Rwandan chili farmers new hope by providing theoretical and practical training, and most importantly, by guaranteeing a reliable market through Akay.
Speaking of the company’s choice of Rwanda as a destination for investment in Africa, Dr. Balu Maliakel, Managing Director of Akay, said that despite its landlocked geography, several factors such as the presence of skilled and committed farmers, organised community-level farmer groups, responsive governmental support and proactive support from the National Agricultural Export Board swung the deal in the country’s favour.
How Inclusive is Inclusive Business for Women?
Asian Development Bank study report on inclusive business models, that explicitly promote gender empowerment, finds that AKAY provides women with employment opportunities in the manufacturing facilities and through “out-grower” farming models.
CurQfen® acts on Occupational Stress: Learn how !
Effect of CurQfen® on Anxiety/Depression/Fatigue/Stress
CurQfen®, a patented food grade formulation of curcumin and fenugreek dietary fiber demonstrated significant improvement in the quality of life with significant reduction in stress, anxiety, and fatigue as compared to normal unformulated curcuminoids – thanks to free curcuminoids bioavailability !
Setting up a new benchmark for bioavailable curcumin: Free curcuminoids absorption & Permeability
CurQfen®, a 100% natural and food grade formulation of curcumin and fenugreek dietary fiber demonstrated to provide highest levels of free curcuminoids in plasma for longer duration suitable for membrane permeability, including the blood-brain barrier.
In the limelight : An interview with our Managing Director, Dr. Balu P Maliakel by Asian Development Bank
Rural upliftment by encouraging and reinforcing the farming industry: A case study of Akay by Asian Development Bank
Breakthrough research published: Blood-Brain-Barrier permeability of CurQfen
Recent research confirms the ability of CurQfen to cross the Blood-Brain-Barrier!
The patented food grade formulation of Curcumin (CurQfen) delivers significantly high levels of biologically active free unconjugated curcuminoids (curcumin, DMC and BDMC) into the tissues, including the brain, for longer duration”.