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Key Cognition Ingredients for Supplement and Functional Food Manufacturers

Posted January 09, 2024

In the ever-evolving world of health and wellness, brain health is a topic that garners significant attention. With an increasingly health-conscious consumer base, it's essential for supplement and functional food manufacturers to stay on top of emerging trends and proven ingredients to meet the demands of a discerning market.

Key Ingredients for Brain Health

One of the most pressing questions in the field of brain health is, "What are the key ingredients and nutrients that support it?" There isn't a single silver bullet to address all aspects of brain health. Instead, a range of ingredients with various mechanisms of action contributes to the overall well-being of this intricate organ.

Traditionally, brain health was synonymous with memory enhancement, an attribute often sought by older generations. Ingredients linked to memory improvement were in high demand. However, the landscape has evolved significantly in recent years.

Today, consumers across demographics are shifting their focus toward enhancing cognitive performance and overall brain function. This encompasses improving concentration, cognitive performance, and focus, with a pronounced interest in what is colloquially known as "nootropic" products.

A noticeable trend is the demand for cognitive performance boosters and focus enhancers. This trend extends across different generations, including younger individuals from Gen Z and the working demographic, indicating a universal interest in mental acuity.

Consumers are notably well-informed, understanding the intricacies of brain health and the diverse mechanisms at play. They seek ingredients supported by robust clinical studies to ensure efficacy, safety, and performance. Ingredients that can demonstrate clinical efficacy hold immense promise in a market driven by discerning consumers.

Supporting Brain Health with Kemin's Ingredients

Neumentix™, a nootropic developed after a decade of dedicated research, offers a unique set of mechanisms for brain health. This proprietary phenolic complex contains potent polyphenols that function as antioxidants and, excitingly, may have the capacity to influence the growth of new neurons, a process known as neurogenesis. Neumentix also acts through the modulation of neurotrophins in neural tissues, influencing factors like Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and Nerve Growth Factor (NGF).1 The clinical evidence supporting Neumentix demonstrates improved cognitive performance, such as enhanced focus and working memory.2-3

FloraGLO® Lutein, primarily recognized for its eye health benefits, plays an equally important role in brain health. Fueled by academic exploration and a surge in scientific publications, the multiple advantages of this nutrient across the entire lifespan have not only been acknowledge but also substantiated. Extending from infancy to old age, FloraGLO is associated with cognitive performance, making it a versatile choice for a broad audience.

Kemin's commitment to scientific rigor and thorough research is evident in both Neumentix and FloraGLO. These ingredients bring value to the brain health market and represent Kemin's dedication to promoting health and well-being.

Continuing the Conversation

Brain health is a multifaceted field that continues to captivate the industry. At Kemin, our enthusiasm for exploring the potential of brain health ingredients is unwavering. Should you wish to explore this topic further or discuss how these ingredients can enhance your product offerings, we invite you to reach out to us or visit our website at

At Kemin, we believe in the transformative power of science and innovation to shape the future of health. Join us in the journey toward better brain health for all.

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  2. RDBPC three month study [Fonseca, B., et al. (2015). Neurology. Conference: 67th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, AAN, 84.] evaluated healthy men and women between the ages of 50 to 70 with age-associated memory impairment. The study showed significant differences between active and placebo groups on improvements in working memory and ease of falling asleep. Claims based on 900 mg Neumentix containing 14.5% - 17.5% Rosmarinic Acid and 24.0 - 32.0% Phenolics (expressed as gallic acid equivalents) taken once daily for 12 weeks.
  3. RDBPC 12-week study (Makoto Study, 2017) in healthy men and women 18-50 years of age with daily supplementation of NeumentixTM over the course of the study. Cognitive and physical performance improvements were observed after 30 and 90 days of continued use. Please contact Kemin for details on clinical findings.