F0508 Saponins from Alfalfa

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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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