Encapsulated anthocyanins to increase their health benefit potential.

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The flavonoids constitute the largest group of phenols and are responsible for the red, blue and purple colours and taste of many fruits and vegetables. More than 9000 flavonoid structures have been described, and these include more than 600 different anthocyanins that are widely distributed among at least 27 plant families, 73 genera and innumerable … Read moreEncapsulated anthocyanins to increase their health benefit potential.

From non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa! By Claire Sykes

I have enjoyed the past 2 years following the progress of a friend of mine, from non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa!… http://www.samoaevents.com/apolima-strait.html Being an endurance athlete of sorts it stuns me to think of myself being in the water for 12 hours let alone trying to actually swim for that time! Starting a … Read moreFrom non-swimmer to Apolima Straight finisher in Samoa! By Claire Sykes

Dietary fibers extracted from Blackcurrant pomace could add functional ingredients to and enhance the fiber content of foods.

Processing fruit, vegetables and cereals creates a large amount of agricultural waste in the form of pomace. The wine and juice industries, for example, discard about 15% of grapes and 20% of soft berries as pomace. However, instead of waste, pomace could be used in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. How? A study carried out … Read moreDietary fibers extracted from Blackcurrant pomace could add functional ingredients to and enhance the fiber content of foods.

Understanding the difference in Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies.

Ever wondered what Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies mean and how they can be used? Based on the article written by Dr. J.E. Gellis, MD and published in Pain Medicine in 2017. Looking at what has been experimented on and scientifically tested around the world, the author compiled several studies that can provide scientific support to beneficial effects … Read moreUnderstanding the difference in Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies.

Remember not to tip the scales.  By Claire Sykes

Have you got that work/ life balance sorted yet?… What about the sport/ life balance?? Autumn makes me ponder these things as I prepare for a change in the season; I blame it on the subtle crispness in the air and the lovely stillness (apart from the two recent cyclones which caused havoc all around … Read moreRemember not to tip the scales.  By Claire Sykes

Blackcurrants 101: Where do essential fatty acids and anthocyanins come from?

In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality™ New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson explains the process of extracting the anthocyanins and essential fatty-acid oils Omega 3, 6 and 9 from the New Zealand blackcurrants. Blackcurrants have been used for centuries to make concentrate juice, jams and compotes, but its health benefits are basically … Read moreBlackcurrants 101: Where do essential fatty acids and anthocyanins come from?

Harvesting Blackcurrants in New Zealand

It’s another Blackcurrant harvesting time in New Zealand!

In this video produced by Mountain Edge Video Production, Vitality™ New Zealand’s Director Jim Grierson shows the process of harvesting one of three blackcurrant varieties (suitable for BC extract production) grown in New Zealand: Ben Ard.

According to research carried out by Plant & Food Research, Ben Ard has the highest levels of anthocyanins among all blackcurrant varieties found in the market today. Hence, Ben Ard is Vitality™ New Zealand‘s top choice of Blackcurrant variety to be used in all of its products.

We thank Bruce and Mandy Hamilton for allowing us to film the entire operation at their farm in Lakeside Leeston, Canterbury (January 2018).

Happy New Year! by Claire Sykes

I have a very special place, which I can go to, anytime… north western Golden Bay…Here nestled in the beautiful podocarp forest teeming with birds, there sits a little wooden bach with a cosy fire. Staying here provides a very simple lifestyle, as there is no Wi-Fi, limited cell phone reception, gas hot water, rainwater … Read moreHappy New Year! by Claire Sykes

Vitality™ New Zealand at the Summer Sarau Festival in Upper Moutere

The Summer Sarau Festival & Country Market at Upper Moutere on Sunday, 28 of February was a big success in the community. The heat, delicious foods, cold drinks, as well as arts & crafts brought a good sized crowd to the Moutere Community Centre, where the event took place. And Vitality™ New Zealand‘s team made their … Read moreVitality™ New Zealand at the Summer Sarau Festival in Upper Moutere

Finding the right balance between Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids in your diet

Both omega-6 and omega-3 are essential fatty acids, that is fats our body cannot producefrom other substances. The balance of these particular fats plays a big role in modulatingcellular inflammation, heart health, and brain function. Anthropological research indicates that ancient hunter-gatherers were free of the moderninflammatory diseases, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, that are … Read moreFinding the right balance between Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids in your diet