Pharmactive Biotech Products S.L. introduces its new generation of aged black garlic extract for functional food applications and the culinary market, launched under the brand ABG10+®. The extract is obtained from fresh garlic (Allium Sativum L.) that has been aged, a process that alters the physicochemical properties of garlic resulting in profoundly enhanced antioxidant and cardioprotective properties. ABG10+ is derived from garlic and the first extract standardized to a higher concentration of the bioactive compound S-allyl cysteine (SAC) than in standard black garlic. SAC is a water-soluble bioactive compound acclaimed for its high antioxidant capacity and its cardiovascular benefits, as supported by multiple clinical trials. Pharmactive uses proprietary High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) technology to ensure this high-SAC content. Black garlic is a culinary delicacy that has been enjoyed for centuries, particularly in India and other Asian countries such as Thailand, South Korea, and Japan. It is traditionally produced by aging whole bulbs of fresh garlic at high humidity and temperatures, a process that creates a deep black hue as well as a soft, jelly-like texture and sweet syrupy flavor. The aging process also decreases the pH from approximately 6.0 in raw garlic to less than 3.8 in aged black garlic naturally bestowing a longer shelf life. In the West, aged black garlic has been rapidly trending as a compelling functional food used by professional chefs to flavor a range of savory dishes. Pharmactive’s formulation ABG10+ is produced via a proprietary optimized aging process through a naturally occurring chemical reaction called “autocatalysis” under rigorous temperature and humidity controls. This technique naturally enriches the garlic with its unique composition of SAC, polyphenols, and melanoidins, macromolecules responsible for the dark color. All three compounds exert potent antioxidant effects. In a recent pilot study, ABG10+ demonstrated superior antioxidant capacity in comparison to other aged garlic extracts currently on the market. Aged black garlic extract also is suitable for dietary supplements. The ingredient contains no additives or preservatives and does not undergo any form of burning, caramelization, or high-heat treatment. ABG10+ is halal certified and is available in organic form as well.
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