Here's why consumers love Sibelius™:Sage

What is Sibelius™:Sage? And why are people loving it? Take a look at our Ingredient review to find out what consumers think about Sibelius™:Sage.

What is Sibelius™:Sage?

Sage extract is known to promote healthy levels of the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine, as well as other neurochemicals needed for optimal brain function, and to support mood and cognitive performance. Sibelius™:Sage (Salvia officinalis L.) is a novel type of sage extract, which has been shown to support brain and cognitive function. It derives from a proprietary, non-GMO cultivar grown in the UK with proven cognitive benefits.  In a clinical study, Sibelius™:Sage improved accuracy of attention, working memory and recognition and recall. However, the real X factor lies in its ability to effectively provide immediate cognitive improvements within 1 hour after supplementation.

Ingredient review

We often receive very positive reviews from those who try our Sibelius™:Sage. Today we decided to share a feedback we recently received about the beneficial properties of our sage extract. SBV, a mid-70’s lady from the US, tasted our  Sibelius™:Sage sachets and stated:

“It tastes so delicious with a small glass of cold water! I hope I can explain the clarity of mind I felt with the initial dose. I can only compare it to getting a new pair of glasses and you say “WOW”.

One of the days I used it I attended an outside socialization with 5 other people. Whenever I feel uncomfortable in a group sitting due to one of the guests, I find myself quiet and anxiety makes it hard to get the words to mouth. Well, not this time! I was on a roll! I even had the person who sees me in a negative light laughing.

Even on the days when I didn’t have social interaction, I just felt clearer. A positive but unexpected bonus was the lovely memories from childhood that were forth coming. Nothing major but reminders of those who made my early years so happy.”

–  SBV, 70 years old, US


Get in touch

Are you looking for the right ingredient to add on your cognitive support formula? Learn more about our proprietary natural sage extract and download our white paper by filling the form below. Alternatively, you can contact us to claim a free sample. 



Supporting healthy brain function with botanicals

Ageing population and cognitive decline 

According to the “World Population Ageing” report published by the United Nations, in 2030, older people are expected to outnumber children under age 10 and, in 2050, projections indicate that there will be more seniors aged 60 or over than adolescents and youth at ages 10-24. With populations around the world rapidly ageing and life expectancy significantly rising, there is a parallel increase of cognition-related diseases, including mild cognitive impairment, cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. The decline in cognitive ability and memory for an increasingly older population is a major health issue.

Brain booster botanicals

Several lifestyle factors, including physical activity, mental stimulation, and diet have been linked to maintaining brain health with age. There is a significant body of epidemiological evidence that supports beneficial effects of nutrients on healthy ageing of the brain. In this regard, herbal and nutritional supplementation are constantly being investigated to provide support to overall cognitive function across different demographics. As a matter of fact, research on cognitive health is not limited to seniors, but is now focusing on volunteers across a wider spectrum of age, including young adults, adolescents, and children. There is a wide variety of natural products that are currently performing well in the brain supplement market, providing different cognitive health benefits associated with memory, mood, attention, focus, sleep, and anxiety .

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Many botanicals are used to support cognitive function and brain health. As studies show, adding these to our diet is beneficial for health and proper brain functionality . One of the ancient botanicals that has been traditionally used for cognitive improvement is Salvia officinalis (Sage). This variety of sage has a long-standing use as an herbal remedy that can enhance memory and improve cognitive functions . Several clinical trials conducted with sage have demonstrated various actions of the botanical in relation to brain function, including improving attention, mood and memory, as well as protecting against cognitive decline.

The clinical trials performed with Sibelius™:Sage, a proprietary dried sage extract (Salvia officinalis L.), showed a significant improvement in cognitive performance, including memory and attention accuracy. Sibelius™:Sage has also shown both immediate benefits related to focus and attention and long-enduring benefits, linked to memory enhancement and healthy cognitive ageing.

Its efficacy has been proven not only in clinical trials, but also by numerous testimonials and industry leaders. You can download the Sibelius™:Sage white paper here

UK student, 25-year-old “This is like rocket fuel!”

David Foreman, The Herbal Pharmacist®“Sibelius™:Sage is an excellent addition to any product line!

US lawyer, 60+ year-old“A natural way to achieve clarity and focus when you need a boost”

If you’d like to learn more about our proprietary natural sage extract, you can download the white paper by filling the form below.




References:

1 United Nations, World Population Ageing, (2017).
2 McEwen B., Sage advice for cognitive improvement (2020).
3 PR Newswire, “Global $11.6 Billion Brain Health Supplements Market to 2024,” PR Newswire, Dublin, 2017.
4 Yasmin I., Feder D., Brain Boosters, Nutrasolutions (2016).
5 Miroddi et al., Systematic review of clinical trials assessing pharmacological properties of Salvia species on memory, cognitive impairment and Alzheime’s disease, (2014).


Join Sibelius' New Sampling Campaign!

Research shows that men’s health is an underserved sector not only in nutraceutical development and research but in society too. According to the National Association for Continence, in the US, up to 50% of men experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate by the time they turn 60. A whopping 90 percent of men experience symptoms by age 85.

Sibelius Natural Products is launching a new Sampling Program for Sibelius™:LactoMato, our highly bioavailable lycopene-based ingredient with proven benefits for prostate health. The program is targeted to male consumers bothered by frequent urination and looking for a natural solution to support healthy ageing.

The newly introduced sampling campaign aims at offering males experiencing prostate issues a one-a-day nutritional solution to improve their health and wellbeing. The FREE starter pack will include 14 capsules of Sibelius™:LactoMato, for a total of  2-week supply.

If you live in the US and want to take part to the program, read the questions below and feel free to fill the form. We would love to hear your feedback on our new branded ingredient!

 

  • Are you or your male partner bothered by frequent urination?

  • Does this prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep?

 

Fill the form below to receive your FREE SAMPLE!



Q&A with the Senior Product Manager

Q&A WITH THE SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER

- Behind Sibelius' NDP Process -


The nutraceutical industry represents a dynamic sector that offers novel opportunities to combine scientific discovery with growing consumer interest in health-enhancing foods. We interviewed Loukiana Chatzinasiou, Senior Product Manager at Sibelius Natural Products, to understand how the company contributes to unlocking the potential of natural ingredients and learning what’s behind the product development process

1. What are the specific needs that Sibelius’ ingredients address? 

“As populations age, more and more individuals are looking for natural alternatives to support healthy living and ageing. Sibelius addresses and quickly adapts to the changing consumer needs for high-quality, transparent and scientifically validated natural ingredients targeted to major health categories, such as sleep quality, stress, mental health, heart and prostate support. Sibelius is always looking for novel natural ingredients and combinations to expand its product portfolio and health indications.”

2. Not all ingredients are the same. How does Sibelius select its ingredients? 

“Sibelius ingredients’ selection starts with Chronoscreen™, our scientifically validated, patented platform developed to test natural compounds and complex extracts and determine their activity and health benefits. The platform has successfully screened over 800 natural ingredients and products. To give an example, Chronoscreen™ has enabled us to identify the unique characteristics of our flagship product, Sibelius™ :Sage, over other sage (Salvia officinalis L.) sources and understand how it works in different areas of cognition and healthy ageing.”

3. How do you support the end-use of your ingredients? 

“In partnership with the Australian brand Essential Nutrition, we recently introduced to the APAC market a mouth-spray product for stress relief and relaxation containing Sibelius™ :Chamomile and lavender oil;  and a highly bioavailable formulation that contains Sibelius™ :LactoMato, which supports healthy prostate and male reproduction. In addition, we have recently launched a new milled format of our SIbelius™:Sage ingredient, which has already been used to formulate ready-to-drink beverages, sachet drinks, jellies, chewable gums and dairy-based products.”

4. Why should companies include Sibelius’ ingredients in their formulations? 

“Sibelius is bringing innovation and modern science to well-established botanicals for healthy ageing and wellbeing. We carefully monitor our supply chains to ensure ingredients quality, traceability and safety from source to supplement. In addition, our branded ingredients are backed up with scientific evidence and proven to work in human volunteer studies. We put great effort on constantly updating our ingredients’ science, as well as investing on additional ingredients formats to inspire novel applications and optimize the consumer experience.”

If you have any other question or curiosity, do not hesitate to contact us. Follow our LinkedIn page to find out more about Sibelius Natural Products!


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A message from Sibelius Natural Products

Dear customers and partners,

As Sibelius Natural Products, we appreciate the ongoing community concern about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We hope all of you and your families are feeling well and are not having major problems. 

With this brief message, we want you to know what precautions and actions the Sibelius team is taking to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the employees, customers and partners whilst managing business continuity. 

 

  • Cleaning and hygiene 

We apply the highest standard of cleanliness and hygiene at Sibelius Natural Products. We have provided all the hygiene requirements for hand washing and we have increased the routine cleaning of frequently touched hard surfaces, including laboratories. 

  • Following the advice of health authorities 

After carefully considering the World Health Organization and government guidelines for the Coronavirus, we have decided to allow our employees to work from home. Furthermore, we have rescheduled all meetings so they are convened online. 

  • Reorganisation of laboratories activities 

Further actions have been taken with regards to our R&D and Quality Control laboratories. We have implemented safety measures in order to keep our laboratories working with the maximum normality that the situation allows. 

  • Supplies guaranteed worldwide

Notwithstanding the critical situation, we want to guarantee our customers and partners that enough supplies of our ingredients will be available worldwide.

 

As circumstances continue to develop, we will update our approach to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, team members and communities.

For further information, please contact our team by e-mail: info@sibeliusnaturalproducts.com

 

Best wishes from team Sibelius, 

Peter Leyland, CEO, Sibelius Natural Products


Roman vs German: Exploring the world of Chamomile

ROMAN VS GERMAN:
EXPLORING THE WORLD OF CHAMOMILE


Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the world, and several studies have proved its impressive heterogenicity regarding its applications with science. It is also a common ingredient that can be found in an array of different products addressing skin health, immune health, digestion, sleep, and stress problems (to name a few).

The two most common species of chamomile currently commercialised and used for health treatments are German and Roman Chamomile. Although both herbs belong to the Asteraceae/Compositae family and they are used to treat similar health problems, they have different chemical composition, morphology, and applications¹. For example, the essential oil and chemical constituents of these two varieties are markedly different².

This article explores the main features of German and Roman Chamomile, identifying their unique traits and beneficial effects.

German Chamomile 

German Chamomile – formally know as Matricaria chamomilla L. or under its synonym  Matricaria recutita L. – is a plant with a height of about 50cm and an erect branched stem. The leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate – further subdivided in a pinnate arrangements – with flowers carried in paniculate capitula – type of inflorescence.

German Chamomile is native to most of the European and Asian continents, but the plant is also present in North and Southwest America. In order to grow well vegetated and produce an abundance of flowers, German Chamomile needs full sun and heat, and high temperatures are necessary in order to produce optimum oil yields³.

The main component of this variety of M. chamomilla is terpene bisabolol, which comprises 50% of the chamomile’s essential oil. Several studies have documented the multiple pharmacological actions of alpha-bisabolol, among which we find antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-ulcer, anti-viral, and sedative effects¹.

Current studies are exploring the antiproliferative and apoptotic effect of chamomile extract in various human cancer cell lines. Preclinical studies observed that the anticancer activity of chamomile is due to the presence of apigenin – a bioactive compound present in both chamomile varieties mentioned above⁴.

Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile – formally knows as Chamaemelum nobile (L.) or under its synonym Anthemis nobilis – is a Mediterranean perennial plant of about 16-32 cm height. The flowers are typically big, with a white colour and a strong enjoyable fragrance⁵.

It is native to the UK, Southwest Europe (mainly Spain and Portugal), North Africa and Southwest Asia. However, this variety is cultivated all across Europe. The substantive “nobile” (Latin word for “noble”) was attributed to the plant due to its therapeutic properties, which were stated to be better than those of the German Chamomile⁶.

Unlike German Chamomile, the main component of Roman Chamomile is esters of angelic and tiglic acid together, which apport healthy benefits to the plant. Chamomile is often associated with relaxation, sleep and digestive health. In this regard, studies conducted with chamomile highlight the calming effects of this herb, which acts as a mild tranquilliser⁷.

However, recent studies are unlocking some of the secrets hidden behind Roman Chamomile. For instance, research shows that the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of essential oils in C. nobilis possess the highest antioxidant activity⁸. A study published in the Journal of Natural Products reports the anti-inflammatory properties of Roman Chamomile, highlighting its potential benefits on hypoglycaemia and the ability to reduce oxidative stress⁹.

Sibelius™:Chamomile

Taking into consideration the multiple beneficial properties of chamomile, Sibelius has developed Sibelius™: Chamomile – derived from a proprietary, non-GMO cultivar of Roman Chamomile (Chameamelum nobile L.), to address both sleep and digestive health concerns.

We have used our patented testing platform Chronoscreen™ to identify its beneficial properties. This testing method identifies and confirms the evidence of a natural product’s potential health benefits, which can then determine the pathways essential for the ingredient’s activity.

We screened a wide array of chamomile extracts to identify their possible beneficial effects on the regulation of cellular aging. In particular, the Sibelius™: Chamomile tincture showed significant increases in the lifespan of the model organism C. elegans by more than 15%.

Science has proved that Sibelius™: Chamomile is not “just another chamomile”. Visit our website and find out more about Sibelius™:Chamomile, the only non-GMO, proprietary sourced, and scientifically validated Roman chamomile ingredient on the market.


Further reading:

References:

1. Matricaria Chamomilla (German Chamomile). Alternative Medicine Review. 2018; 13 (1): 58–62

2. Mann, C and Staba, EJ. The chemistry, pharmacognosy and chemical formulations of chamomile. Herbs Spices and Medicinal Plants. 1986; 1: 236–280.

3. Alberts WG. German Chamomile Production. Directorate Agricultural Information Services. Department of Agriculture. Private Bag X144, Pretoria, 0001 South Africa. 2009.

4.  Chis, MS et al. A Comprehensive Review Regarding the Botanical origin, Medical uses and chemical composition of Roman and German Chamomile. Hop and Medicinal Plants, Year XXVII, No. 1-2, 2019.

5. Omidbaigi, R et al. Influence of drying methods on the essential oil content and composition of Roman chamomile. Flavour and Fragrance Journal. 2004; 196–198.

6. Sándor Z et al., Evidence Supports Tradition: The in Vitro Effects of Roman Chamomile on Smooth Muscles, Frontiers in Pharmacology. 2018; 9: 323.

7. Srivastava, J et al. Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with a bright future (Review). Molecular Medicine Reports. 2010; 3(6): 895-901.

8. Piccaglia R et al. Antibacterial and Antioxidant Properties of Mediterranean Aromatic Plants. Industr. Cr. Prod. 1993; 2: 47-50.

9. Zhao J et al. Octulosonic acid derivatives from Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) with activities against inflammation and metabolic disorder.  Journal of Natural Products. 2014; 77(3):509-15.



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Sibelius debuts Milled Sibelius™: Sage

Sibelius Natural Products is proud to announce that our branded ingredient, Sibelius™:Sage, is now available in a new milled format for an extended application profile.

Following the current consumer demand on the cognitive health market, we have decided to add a new format of Sibelius™:Sage to our portfolio.

The milled format will enable manufacturers to utilize the sage in the formulation of beverages and other relevant products, such as gels, gummies and yogurt drinks. This allows consumers to get their brain boost from a wide variety of finished products.

The new ingredient's will be distributed by Sibelius’ North American partner, Barrington Nutritionals and Complementary Medicines Group (CMG).

For more information about our new sage format, do not hesitate to contact us.