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The objective of this project was to assist the client in deciding what priority, if any, should be given to the continued research and development of nutraceutical saponins from alfalfa. This was assessed by examining the actual and potential market for cholesterol-lowering ingredients, and more specifically for saponins from other sources.

Particular attention was given to the barriers to entry, success factors and regulatory issues. The focus was primarily on the US and the EU. Similarly, the focus of the project was on saponins from alfalfa although information readily available on potential for other components such as flavonoids, phytosterols, and an enzyme fraction (SOD) has also been provided.

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Table of Contents

Objective

Background

Method

Principal Findings

  • Markets
  • Barriers to Entry
    • Alfafa Saponins
    • Alfalfa Phytoestrogens
    • Alfalfa Rubesco Peptides
    • Functional foods may fail
  • Key Success Factors
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Applications, Technical Functions & Health Benefits
    • Alfalfa Saponins
    • Alfalfa Phytoestrogens

Conclusions

Recommendations

Phyto-Nutraceuticals

  • Phytosterols
    • The Effect of Dietary Phytosterols On Cholesterol
    • Phytosterols on the Market
    • Suggested Daily Intake
    • Notes on Cholesterol in Humans
  • Phytoestrogens
    • Isoflavonoids
    • Dietary and mammalian lignans
    • Metabolism and pharmacokinetics of phytoestrogens
    • Phytoestrogens and diseases
    • Isoflavones in foods
    • Lignans in foods
    • Glycitein and coumestrol in foods
  • Alfalfa
    • Uses
    • Folk Medicine
    • Chemistry
    • Toxicity
    • Description
    • Germplasm
    • Distribution
    • Ecology
    • Cultivation
    • Harvesting
    • Yields and Economics
    • Energy
    • Biotic Factors
    • Chemical Analysis of Biomass Fuels

Market

  • Overview of the Functional Foods Market
    • Case study 1
    • Case Study 2
  • Market Sales and Share by Country
    • Australia
    • Canada
    • Europe
    • Japan
    • United States
  • Future Market Opportunities in Lowering Cholesterol

Players and Products

  • Alfalfa Derived Nutraceuticals
    • 3 companies
  • Cactus Extracts and Quillaja Extracts
    • 4 companies
  • Chitosan
    • 2 companies
  • Plant Sterols and Stanols
    • 6 companies
  • Soy Products
    • 1 company
  • Beta-Glucan
    • 13 companies
  • Products

Legislation and Regulatory Issues

Recent Patents

  • Patents for Saponons
  • Patents for Alfalfa and Saponins
  • Patents for Plant Stanols and Sterols

Contact Reports

  • Distributors
    • 2 companies
  • Manufacturers
    • 11 companies
  • Others
    • 1 company

News

Research Articles

10 Tables

7 Figures

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