IFF Health, Shanghai, has announced a strategic partnership for R&D of anti-aging ingredients with BY-HEALTH, a Chinese maker of dietary supplements and raw materials.
According to the World Health Organization, IFF notes, by 2050 the global population of people over the age of 60 will more than double to 2 billion. Economic stresses and increasingly better health and nutrition will combine to keep these seniors working and active. Moreover, the population of those living past 80 years is projected to nearly triple to almost half a billion. Yet the biology of aging minds and bodies can’t be denied.
IFF, BY-HEALTH team on anti-aging ingredients
While the senior population continues to grow and consumers are living longer, 57% of global consumers expect to be fit and healthy in old age, according to Euromonitor. To keep the healthy but aging balance required, it is paramount to focus on developing ingredients and technologies that truly support this rapidly expanding demographic.
Together, IFF Health and BY-HEALTH say they are researching the production and international development of true, science-based anti-aging ingredient formulations. The formulations will have special focus on fighting cellular oxidative stress, support of intracellular health such as of the mitochondria, and telomerase research. Telomeres are the repetitive nucleotide sequences that cap chromosomes and protect them from deterioration or from fusing with neighbouring chromosomes and preventing healthy cell replication and turnover. They have been identified as being key factors in the process of aging.
“Our purpose at IFF Health demands more than just being a healthy ingredients company,” said Raimund Hoenes, General Manager IFF Health. “This requires a committed partner to put uncommon sense to work in order to reinvent and refocus our industry. But more than giving consumers new products to support their healthy lifestyle, it’s also about how we deliver that capacity. BY-HEALTH’s focus on innovative research and development matches our commitment to quality, safety, science, and innovation. We’re honoured to partner with BY-HEALTH and look forward to a fruitful collaboration.”
The IFF Health and BY-HEALTH teams will investigate ingredient synergies that will not only be marked by high efficacy but superior applicability to better-for-you food and beverage applications.