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Artichoke is an herbaceous perennial plant cultivated in European temperate climate areas since ancient times.
In Greek mythology, legend has it that the artichoke was born of a punishment inflicted by Zeus on a young woman named Cynara who rejected his advances. To take revenge, he transformed her into a thorny plant.
Nowadays, the leaves of the plant are traditionally consumed for their detox properties and liver protection.
Nexira Artichoke Extract is gently processed in our French factory (water extraction & spray-drying).
Native to the Mediterranean region, Beetroot (Beta vulgaris), also known as beetroot, table beet, garden beet, sugar beet and golden beet, is the taproot of a beet plant. However, it is nutritionally different: sugar beets are white and manufacturers tend to use them for extracting sugar and sweetening processed foods. On the opposite, it is not possible to extract sugar from beetroot, which is mostly red or gold.
Beetroot is a highly nutritious vegetable offering betalains. Beets are relatively low in calories yet high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and health-boosting phytonutrients. This superfood is the perfect ingredient for a large array of applications, notably for sports nutrition products.
Nexira’s organic beet juice powder is a natural carrier, for a clean label ingredient and provides a good source of many health-promoting compounds.
Bilberries are a primarily Eurasian species of small low-growing shrubs, native to Europe. They are non-climateric fruits with smooth, circular outline at the end opposite the stalk, whereas blueberries retain persistent sepals there.
Bilberries are found in acidic, nutrient-poor soils throughout the temperate and subarctic regions of the world. They have been traditionnaly used for nearly thousand years.
The bilberry fruit is commonly used in cooking for its delicious taste and high dietary value: this superfood is high in antioxidant-rich flavonoid compounds called anthocyanidins and vitamin C.
Black pepper is a flowering vine native to present-day Kerala, a state on the southwestern coast of India. It is cultivated in tropical regions.
Black pepper is made by grinding peppercorns, which are dried berries from the vine Piper nigrum. It has been deemed the « King of spices » and used in ancient Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia for years due to its high concentration of piperin, a beneficial plant compounds for digestive health and joint & bone health.
Blackcurrant is a berry of translucent pulp with red or green tones and bittersweet taste that belongs to the botanical family of Grossulariaceae. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia, where it prefers damp fertile soils.
This powerhouse plant has been called “the forbidden fruit” in the United States. They help spread a fungus that infects white pine trees. For this reason, blackcurrants have been removed from many areas and Americans have missed out on these nutritious berries.
The fruit is extremely rich in vitamin C and polyphenols, such as the proanthocyanidins (tannins known for their beneficial effects).
Nexira gently process this super berry to preserve its nutritional profile.
Well-known as a coffee substitute, chicory roots are particularly interesting due to their inulin content.
Inulin is naturally produced and stored by the roots of the plant as an energy reserve.
Inulin belongs to a class of dietary fiber called fructans. It is used for its prebiotic effects and would promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria.
Nexira’s chicory roots extract is gently processed in our French factory using a water extraction & spray-drying process.
Chlorella belongs to the Chlorellaceae family. It is a microscopic single-cell plant found in fresh water. Chlorella cell is roughly spherical and features a cup-shaped chloroplast and numerous starch grains. It multiplies quickly, with a complete reproductive cycle every 20 hours.
This green algae is usually sought after for its detoxifying effects, as well as for its positive effects on the immune system and its rare richness in chlorophyll.
Nexira’s Chlorella extract contains a high level of protein and amazing amount of essential nutrients, from vitamins, minerals, to nucleic acids… This is the superfood you need!
Cranberries have been used by North American populations since ancient times.
Nowadays, these little red berries are widely grown on vines and low shrubs in the northern regions of America and in Chile.
Berries are collected through two different methods: dry harvesting or wet harvesting.
When wet harvested, bogs are flooded with water. Each berry contains a small pocket of air which helps it to float. They are gathered and collected from the surface.
Cranberries are consumed in various forms: fresh, dried, juices, cereal bars, as well as powders and supplements. There are traditionally used for women health.
From juice or pomace, with several processing options, Nexira offers the most extensive line of cranberry extracts rich in PAC and Fruit solids.
Find out Nexira’s cranberry in Exocyan™, the natural ingredient for urinary health.
Resembling clover, desmodium is a wild and perennial plant, with multiple leaves, native to West Africa. It is also widespread in Latin America (Brazil, Peru, Amazon region) and in all humid equatorial zones. Creeping or climbing, this plant is supported on the trunks of cocoa or oil palm trees. Measuring about 50 cm, Desmodium has hairy and trifoliate leaves, small mauve flowers and fruits in the form of pods.
Desmodium has only recently become known in Europe. Indeed, it was introduced in France in the 1970’s by Dr. Pierre Tubéry and his wife, leading to the start of numerous scientific research projects on its compounds and properties. They demonstrated its flavonoid content including vitexin and its beneficial effects in helping to protect the liver and provide good detox.
Nexira’s desmodium extract is ideal for weight management and digestive health applications, in capsules, ampoules and shot formats.
Devil’s claw, also known as Harpagophytum (Harpagophytum procumbens and zeyheri), is a plant that grows only in Southern Africa.
The common name comes from the fruit particularity to be equipped with claws that seem specifically designed to grip that rubs. Its name means “spear plant”.
Devil’s Claw extract is the natural solution to improve joint health.
Nexira has established a long-term supply chain partnership throughout the industry. Once the roots are sustainably picked, they are carefully transported and processed in France using a gentle process with a water extraction and a physical concentration.
Find out Nexira’s devil’s claw in Flexigo™, the natural solution for joint health.
Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum L.) is an edible seeds harvested from flax plants.
Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. In the 8th century, history tells that King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it.
Nowadays, this superfood is often found in crackers or used as salad topping.
Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to Omega-3 essential fatty acids and lignans which have both antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
Nexira’s flaxseed extract contains 20% lignans.
Garcinia Cambogia, also called “guttier” is a bush originated from south-east Asia.
It is rich in hydroxycitric acid (HCA), an active compound which plays a major role in the regulation of body weight and appetite.
Garcinia Cambogia is an excellent food supplement ingredient for weight management.
Nexira’ Garcinia Cambogia extract is gently processed in our French factory using a water extraction & crystallization.
Symbol of wisdom in Asian countries, Gingko biloba is a legendary tree. Its origin dates back some 300 million years, earning it its nickname fossil tree.
The secret of its exceptional longevity lies in its composition and properties. Seeds and leaves contain several beneficial components including flavonoids. These are known for their natural antioxidant power, which gives ginkgo many protective effects.
This prehistoric plant is often used as a brain boosting ingredient to aid in memory and concentration.
Glucomannan is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber extracted from the roots of the elephant yam, also known as konjac. This species has long been used in China, Japan and Southeast Asia as a food source. Flour extracted from the corm of this species is used in Far Eastern cuisine to make noodles, tofu and snacks.
Over the past two decades, purified konjac flour, commonly known as konjac glucomannan, has been introduced on a relatively small scale into the United States and Europe. It is one of the most viscous dietary fibers known.
Its exceptional properties to absorb water are responsible to its effects on weight loss through a feeling of satiety.
Grape extracts have been used for centuries for their multiple health benefits. Rich in polyphenols, the seeds are also widly known for their high antioxidant properties.
Nexira’s grape seed Extract is the result of the association of an exceptional « terroir » with thousands of years of agricultural expertise & and specific extraction process (water extraction & resins & spray-drying).
The impressive physical characteristics of our grape seed extracts make our line easy-to-use in a wide range of supplements.
Clinical studies have demonstrated the effect of grape seed extracts on cardiovascular health by maintening blood pressure.
Grape seed extracts are also widly known for their high antioxidant properties, improving antioxidant status and decreasing free radical production.
Griffonia simplicifolia belongs to the Caesalpiniaceae family. It is a large shrub native to West Africa, like a liana. It is a climbing plant which can reach a height of 3 to 10 meters.
In traditional African practices people liked to think that the griffonia seed healed people possessed by the demon.
Westerners were only interested in this plant from the 1980s thanks to the properties of the active ingredient contained in the seeds: 5 hydroxytryptophan (5HTP). In the body it is the immediate precursor of serotonin which has a fundamental role in the regulation of many functions of our body: sleep-wake cycle, stress, mood disorders, eating disorders…
Nexira offers Griffonia seed extract to be used in sleep aid and stress management supplement.
Hibiscus sabdariffa (Sorrel of Guinea or Roselle) is an herbaceous shrub of the Malvaceae family.
Hibiscus has been cultivated in Egypt and Southeast Asia for their edible fruits and for ornamental purpose.
It produces large, colorful flowers with long pistils, which only last a day. Manual harvesting of the sepals, is organized during the carpophore period, between November and April.
Red flowers, dried and infused, are used for the preparation of karkade, the traditional beverage consumed very fresh in West Africa. It is also valued for many food applications thanks to its polyphenols content that offers antioxidant benefits.
Gently processed, Nexira’s hibiscus extract brings a pink to purple color with a fruity, slightly tart flavor, for an intense sensory experience in a wide range of applications.
Derived from rice, sesame and wheat, our range of hydrolysed vegetable proteins includes dedicated solutions for nutrition and general well-being. Suitable for vegan consumers, hydrolysed proteins are ideal for protein enrichment in sports nutrition. Benefits of protein hydrolyzates versus non-hydrolyzed proteins or free form of amino acids have been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials. Hydrolyzates accelerate protein digestion and increase amino acid availability.
Nexira’s hydrolysed proteins are also perfectly suitable for nutricosmetics formulations by providing essential amino acids that make up the composition of keratin, the major structural component of hair and nails.
The range contains a high amount of protein, is rich in all essential and semi essential amino acids, peptides (and has properties for digestive health).
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a perennial herb native from southern Europe and the Mediterranean region where it is traditionally consumed as an herbal tea, or in an extract form for its relaxing properties.
The leaves have a gentle lemon scent, related to mint. Its flavor comes from the citronellal, citronellol, citral, and geraniol terpenes.
Nexira’s lemon balm extract is gently processed in our French factory using a water extraction & spray-drying.
Lemon (Citrus limon), native to India and South Asia, is a small evergreen tree related to the orange, pomelo, tangerine and grapefruit. The ellipsoidal fruit has a green rind when unripe, which turns yellow when ripe, and the pulp is segmented and light yellow in color. Lemon juice is used in a wide variety of beverages and foods.
Famous for their sour taste as a result of their high citric acid content, lemons are also an excellent source of naturally occurring vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, and contain the plant compound, citrus limonin. Like other citrus fruits, lemons contain a variety of phytochemicals like the flavonoid glycosides hesperetin, naringin, and naringenin, as well as containing smaller amounts of flavonoids like ß-carotenes, ß-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and lutein.
Lithothame seaweed is a red algae, aka sea lettuce, from the Corallinaceae family. This small 2 cm calcareous alga has a branched-branched thallus that has the consistency of stone due to a strong impregnation of its cell walls by limestone, which gives it the appearance of coral.
Its very slow growth gives it time to filter and absorb all the nutrients from the sea, especially calcium and magnesium, which it knows how to conserve thanks to its remarkable porosity.
This specific seaweed is well known for its multiple health benefits. It is recognized to helps maintining bone health. And it is also known to maintain the health of the nervous system.
Nexira fine powder is standardized in 50% Calcium content.
Magnesium is an essential mineral nutrient which plays a role in energy metabolism, mineral homeostasis, neuromuscular and endocrine functions.
Its specific geographical origin allows a unique mineral profile.
Nexira’s marine magnesium extract is gently processed without any solvent. Our different grades are ideal to help fortify in magnesium.
Find out Nexira’s Magnesium in Simag™, the natural marine magnesium.
Matcha Green Tea is made from stone-ground, nutrient-rich, dried, young leaves of Camellia sinensis bushes. The plant is native from China South-Central and Southeast, but it is today cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions.
Matcha literally means “powdered tea”. Tea is a shrub grown to produce a beverage made from its leaves. It is appreciated for its stimulant properties and is the center of social rituals such as the Japanese tea ceremony.
The manufacturing flow chart is specifically developed to create a very fine green vivid powder, with distinctive flavor and excellent antioxidant properties.
Nexira’s Matcha powder can be used in various applications to boost the nutritional profile of finish products.
Medium Chain Triglycerides are saturated fatty acids. Coconut and palm kernel oils are the main MCT sources. Use of MCT has grown as health conscious consumers seek its effects as a source of energy and fat burner.
MCT are largely used in the keto diet. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat (70-80%) and low protein and carbohydrate eating plan, which is trending in the market due to its popularity for aiding in weight-loss.
Nexira offers 70% MCT, only from coconut oil, with acacia as a natural carrier. Our product is an way to boost cognitive performance, help in sports nutrition and weight management.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum),also known as Blessed milk thistle, is an annual or biennial plant of the family Asteraceae. This typical thistle has red to purple flowers and shiny pale green leaves with white veins.
Originally, this species is native of Southern Europe through to Asia but is now found throughout the world.
Nexira milk thistle extract is made from seeds to obtain a light brownish fine powder with a high level of its active ingredient the silymarin, a polyphenolic flavonoid.
Sourced in Asia and northern Europe, nettle is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant from Urticaceae family.
Often hated because of its stinging trichomes (plant hairs) that cause a rash that is painful on contact, its leaves offer multiple health benefits.
Nettle leaves are also commonly in nutricosmetics for skin imperfections and benefits on scalp hair.
Opuntia ficus-indica, the Indian fig opuntia, fig opuntia or prickly pear, is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant grown in agricultural economies thoughout arid and emiarid parts of the world.
It is the most widespread and most commercially important cactus.
Nexira and Tunisian farmers maintain a long-term partnership which respects both organic rules and sustainable harvesting of Opuntia ficus indica. Through its cactus sourcing, Nexira is involved in sustainable development via environmental, human and economic actions.
Nexira offers a nopal leaves powder with a standardized content of 30% fibers.
Find out Nexira’s nopal in Neopuntia™, the healthy lipophilic fiber.
Naturally occurring in food and breast milk and found in all living cells of the body, nucleotides are semi-essential molecules. Nucleotides have been used for years in nutrition to support organ growth, immune system and intestinal function.
Our ingredient is a natural and safe ingredient derived from a yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). With a high purity rate (60% nucleotides), Nexira’s nucleotides are a unique source for the 4 semi-essential nucleotides Adenine, Cytosine, Guanine and Uracil.
Find out Nexira’s nucleotides in immunell™, the immunity bodyguard.
The olive, known by the botanical name Olea europaea, meaning « European olive », is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae.
Nexira’s natural olive extract is produced from organic agriculture, from a unique source of ancient olive trees in the Southern Mediterranean region. They grow wild, allowing the highest content of hydroxytyrosol, a very potent form of polyphenol.
Olive is traditionally used in skin-brightening products to improve skin’s complexion as well as in cardiovascular health.
With more than a century of experience in manufacturing high quality ingredients, Nexira has developed a unique process that guarantees both the safety and the effectiveness of its olive extract to guarantee the highest level of active compound.
Find out Nexira’s olive fruit in OliOla™, the original olive extract.
Papaya is a tropical fruit tree native to Central America. This spherical tasty fruit provides with black round seeds encased in the middle part.
Traditionally used to cool burns in Gambia, papaya is commonly eaten fresh, in salads, juice or smoothies.
Known for their powerful proteolytic enzymes, the leaves and fruit of the Papaya contain papain, a popular folk remedy. It’s also being studied for potential use in digestive health for the digestion of proteins. This is one of the reasons for its heavy consumption in tropical countries, particularly at the end of meals.
Nexira gently processes this wonderful fruit in its French factory extracting only the pulp and spray-drying into a powder for a convenient use.
Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata) is a climbing woody vine with unusual blossoms that is native to the southeastern United States, and Central and South America.
This flower is a traditional herbal sedative and a popular calming ingredient used to manage sleep and stress.
Nexira’s extract is derived from the aerial part of Passiflora incarnata L. and is gently processed through water extraction to preserve its 3.5% Flavonoids (as vitexins) content.
Pineapple, believed to have originated in South America, is a herbaceous perennial that grows up to 5ft tall and has a short, stocky stem with tough, waxy leaves.
200 or more flowers are produced, and once they flower the individual fruits of the flowers join together to create one multiple fruit that is a wide cylindrical shape with thick, rough skin which is dark green when unripe and orange-yellow when ripe.
Its yellow juicy flesh has a sweet aroma, a sweet tangy flavor and is often eaten raw, juiced or added to beverages, and can be added to cooked meals also.
Pineapple is best known for being rich in the enzyme bromelain, and thus having digestive properties.
Policosanol is usually extracted from the sugar cane wax.
Saccharum officinarum is a species of monocotyledonous plants of the family Poaceae, subfamily of Panicoideae, native to Southeast Asia. This species is the source of most cultivars of sugarcane cultivated today.
Policosanol is approximately 65% octacosanol. It was in the 1990s that Cuban researchers discovered that policosanol from sugar cane could lower blood cholesterol levels.
Policosanol is usually extracted from the waxy material of sugarcane.
Saccharum officinarum is a species of monocotyledonous plants of the family Poaceae, subfamily of Panicoideae, native to Southeast Asia. This species is the source of most cultivars of sugarcane cultivated today.
Policosanol consists of about 60% octacosanol. In the 1990s, Cuban researchers discovered that policosanol extracted from sugar cane could reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Categorized as a berry, pomegranate fruit is round and 2-5 inches in diameter, with a thick outer skin encasing hundreds of juicy red arils, surrounding a seed, and separated by a white-cream, spongy tissue.
Pomegranates are superfood widely consumed throughout the world in juice format. This wonderful fruit has been well known for its beauty benefits since ancient times. Extracts from different parts of this plant have been reported to exhibit strong antioxidant activity thanks to their richness in phenolic compounds such as ellagic acid, a naturally occurring polyphenol.
Gently processed, Nexira’s Pomegranate extract is a potent skin-care ingredient to rejuvenate the skin.
Red yeast rice is well-known in Chinese medicine as supplements lowering cholesterol levels and promoting cardiovascular health.
Our excellent quality source of Red yeast rice extract is produced by the fermentation of red yeast with white rice to create a compound known as monacolin K.
The red vine is one of the oldest plants domesticated by humans. It was already cultivated in the Ancient Greece time.
Its red coloring is due to the presence of natural pigments, which are also powerful active ingredients. Very popular in herbal medicine, red vine leaves owe their benefits to their nutritional composition.
They contain many polyphenols. Scientific literature gives it many protective and tonic circulatory properties.
Nexira red vine leaf is water extracted in our French facility to preserve its polyphenol content. Our experience in sustainable sourcing guarantees the traceability from the vineyard to our ingredient. The gentle manufacturing process is controlled in our French facility.
Thanks to our expertise in extraction, the company offers the highest market standards.
Rosehip (Rosa canina) is the freshy, ripened scarlet ovary, or seeded fruit, of the rose plant. It forms at the base of the rose petals and is picked in autumn when all of the petals have fallen off. While many rose varieties are grown for their beauty and fragrance, the Rosa canina is cultivated for its hips, which are a valuable source of vitamin C.
In addition to its remarkable vitamin C content, rosehip contains carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin), flavonoids, polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins, catechins and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and K.
Rosehip’s astringent qualities also make it a valuable ingredient in many cosmetic preparations and bath/body products including lotions, soaps and shampoos.
Salvia officinalis, also called common sage or garden sage, is an aromatic herb of the mint family (Lamiaceae), cultivated for its pungent leaves.
The name of the sage comes from the Latin word “salvia“, which means “the one who saves”.
This is mainly due to the fact that this plant has been traditionnaly used since ancient times.
Given its multiple virtues, sage is commonly used to relieve various disorders of the body: fight against fatigue and temporary loss of energy, relieve discomfort related to menstruation or menopause or improve digestive comfort.
Our sage is water-extracted in our own factory and standardized in 20% Polyphenol content.
Soybean (Glycine max), also called soja bean or soya bean, is an annual legume of the pea family (Fabaceae) and its edible seed.
Most of the advantages attributed to soybean are produced by isoflavones which are one of the main available oestrogens of vegetable origin. Thanks to isoflavones, soy bean is well-known to act on discomfort linked to menopause.
Aromatic and sweet, the strawberry fruit is a member of the rose family. It is native to Northern Hemisphere temperate regions, but now cultivated varieties are grown throughout the world. Strawberry plants are low-growing, and each heart-shaped red fruit has about 200 external seeds.
More than 25 different anthocyanins have been found in strawberries, including pelargonidin, which is the most abundant, and is also responsible for the fruit’s bright red color. Its other beneficial plant compounds include ellagic acid, ellagitannins and procyabidins. Strawberries are a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and manganese, and they also contain folate, potassium, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid.
Turmeric (or Curcumin) is a plant coming from Asia, which is particularly cultivated in India and China.
It is a common spice that comes from the root of Curcuma longa, traditionally used as a spicy ingredient for cooking in India.
The main coloring agents belong to the curcuminoids family. Major compounds identified by chromatography are: curcumine, dimethoxy-curcumine and bis dimethoxy-curcumine.
Nexira’s Turmeric Extract is particularly rich in curcuminoids, a natural polyphenol compounds shown to be efficient in joint & bone health.
Native to North America, witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana L.) is found as a tall shrub or small tree (up to 7,5m high) from the Hamamelidaceae family.
One theory about the common name witch hazel is that “witch” may be a derivative of the old English wych meaning “to bend” in reference to trees with pliant branches, while “hazel” may be due to the resemblance of the leaves to those of true hazels in the genus Corylus (Betulaceae).
Witch hazel has been traditionally used in water form (Hamamelis water) for its ability to soothe sensitive skin. Leaf, bark and water have been reported to have astringent properties. These properties can be attributed to the tannins content.
Nexira’s witch hazel leaves are rigorously selected from organic French raw material and then follow a water extraction process to obtain a fine brown powder. Rich in tannins (mainly condensed tannins and gallic acid), Nexira’s witch hazel extract is eligible to bear several EU pending claim, as it « contributes to circulation in the legs ».
Moreover, a recent proprietary in-vitro study based on direct antioxidant activity has highlights witch hazel extract as one of the best ingredients tested.
Witch hazel can be used in nutraceuticals for women health as it helps to relieve heavy legs feeling.
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