DHA Brain Support Information

NutraCups® DHA Brain Support

NutraCups® DHA Brain Support is a hot-chocolate flavored health drink, which provides health-conscious people with a unique combination of bioactive ingredients for brain and cognition support*. Our DHA Brain Support cups contain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), superfood cocoa flavanols and a combination of vitamin C and E.

LIPOSOMA proudly announces our newest product range, called NutraCups®. LIPOSOMA’s NutraCups® DHA Brain Support with hot-chocolate taste is a functional food, owing to the uniquely combined health effects of its ingredients DHA, cocoa flavanols, and vitamin C and E. For LIPOSOMA’s NutraCups, we carefully mix and secure the finest ingredients in airtight cup cartridges to be consumed as a hot beverage after warm water extraction, using standard coffee cup extraction machines. Our technology is the first to provide a solution to combine pure, natural and delicate bioactives that are otherwise incompatible, unstable or difficult for the body to absorb. Finally, the way NutraCups® are processed and packed allows our products to remain free of preservatives.

DHA Brain Support health benefits

LIPOSOMA’s hot-chocolate flavored NutraCups® DHA Brain Support is a functional food, owing its health benefit for brain and cognitive functioning to the uniquely combined effects of its bioactive ingredients. DHA contributes to normal brain performance [1], while vitamin C supports the functioning of the nervous system [2, 3]. The nervous system and the brain have high oxygen demands, and the antioxidants vitamin C and E in this drink can contribute to scavenging free radicals in these structures [4]. Oxidative stress can play a role in cognitive problems that may arise during ageing, such as problems with memory, reasoning and problem solving [4]. The cocoa flavanols in this NutraCup are suggested to help maintain normal mental health**, as they might increase blood flow and vascular health in the brain and sensory systems, and stimulate the production of neuroprotective and neuromodulatory proteins [5].

Why in NutraCups®?

LIPOSOMA has invented a new technology enabling liposomal encapsulation of its most delicate active ingredients: NutraCups®. NutraCups are cartridges that are designed for warm water extraction using common espresso machines present in many households. The NutraCup technology allows for combining hydrophobic cocoa polyphenols, DHA, and vitamin E with hydrophilic vitamin C together in one product; ingredients which would otherwise be incompatible [6]. Moreover, liposomal encapsulation helps to increase absorption of the ingredients in this NutraCup, which shows to be beneficial for the bioavailability of cocoa flavanols in this product [7], while lecithin increases uptake of DHA [8]. Finally, the way the bioactives are encapsulated in our NutraCups® BrainSupport allows for sustained release, which reportedly results in better efficacy [7, 9, 10]. The liposomal beverage that is produced allows for the encapsulation, enhanced delivery and improved performance of many ingredients, but in particular those health ingredients that require higher daily doses.

*DHA contributes to normal brain functioning. Vitamin C contributes to maintaining normal psychological function and function of the nervous system.
**This claim is currently on hold for revision by EFSA and not yet approved.


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