Innovative ingredient adds accelerated cell recycling benefits to baked goods and snacks

By Gill Hyslop

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GoodMill Innovation's SpermidinEVO application bread. Pic: GoodMill Innovation
GoodMill Innovation's SpermidinEVO application bread. Pic: GoodMill Innovation

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GoodMills Innovation has launched a wheat germ concentrate that has added health benefits, allowing bakery and snack producers to capitalise on consumer demand for holistic wellbeing.

According to GoodMills Innovation – a joint venture between European milling enterprise, the GoodMills Group, and global ingredients manufacturer Palsgaard – the composition of SpermidinEVO allows product developments in the health, wellbeing and healthy ageing market segments.

Firstly, it is rich in spermidine, which scientific studies have concluded supports autophagy, the self-cleaning process that takes place in the body’s cells and is linked to a healthy immune system as well as decelerated ageing.

During autophagy, old and superfluous cell components – as well as harmful invaders such as viruses – are broken down and recycled. As these disassembled components can subsequently be used to build new structures, this system provides a highly energy efficient mechanism for the production and renewal of cells. Spermidine occurs naturally in the human body and is produced within the cells as well as by bacteria in the intestinal microbiome. A spermidine-rich diet can also help to stimulate autophagy.

SpermidinEVO also contains vitamins that enhance these positive effects: folic acid plays an important role in immune defence and vitamin E, with its cell-protecting function, is considered to be a classic anti-ageing ingredient.

High-quality vegetable proteins and fats round off the nutritional profile, while thanks to its pleasant taste, the concentrate is suitable for numerous applications.

GoodMills Innovation says SpermidinEVO is characterised by a particularly high degree of purity of spermidine. It also has up to six times the spermidine content compared with conventional wheat germs. Just two grams of this innovative wheat germ concentrate provide the recommended daily intake of one milligram of spermidine.

The whole package

To round off the holistic approach to spermidine supply, the Hamburg, Germany-based company has developed numerous ingredients that contribute to a healthy microbiome.

“The right nutrient source for intestinal bacteria is an important basis for the body’s own spermidine production. Dietary fibres contribute to healthy intestinal flora and thus support spermidine production from within,”​ said Michael Gusko, MD of GoodMills Innovation GmbH.

“The combination of high-fibre ingredients and our spermidine-rich wheat germ concentrate makes it possible to boost cell recycling in two ways — from the inside out and from the outside in.”

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The wheat germ concentrate can be easily integrated into existing recipes as well as product innovations and is suitable for baked goods, bars, cookies, pasta, as well as dairy drinks.

If dosed in sufficient amounts, health-related claims such as folic acid for immune system support, and vitamin E for cell protection are also possible.

A further benefit is that, while regular fasting intervals and intensive sport stimulate autophagy, products containing SpermidinEVO can address less active health-conscious consumers who find it hard to fit regular activity into their everyday life and would rather not undertake fasting, said the company.

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