Make room for mushrooms – Sibelius™: MyceliAid is here!

31 March 2021 (Oxford, UK) – Sibelius Natural Products has expanded its portfolio of natural ingredients with Sibelius™: MyceliAid – a wild-crafted, sustainably sourced chaga extract that supports immune function, promotes skin health and overall wellness.

Medicinal mushrooms saw skyrocketing growth in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. And as unique varieties promoting new health benefits arrive on the market, shoppers are keen to explore them now more than ever.

“The pandemic has inevitably opened a lot of eyes and consumers have become increasingly aware  of their general health,” said Peter Leyland, CEO at Sibelius. “Functional mushrooms are being incorporated into consumers’ everyday routines for their many holistic wellness benefits”.

The rising popularity of medicinal mushrooms is also opening up new avenues of growth for savvy manufacturers. “We know that establishing quality and traceability in this category is critical, and that is why sourcing responsibly is one of our top priorities.” says Leyland.

Sibelius™: MyceliAid is a wild-crafted chaga mushroom grown on birch trees and carefully hand-picked by local farmers, on land protected by the government to ensure its longevity. Sibelius picked a distinguishable source of chaga with superior biological activity, as shown by their patented Chronoscreen™ platform – a proprietary assay for the identification of biologically active ingredients. This means that MyceliAid, other than having been analysed for Botanical ID, can be differentiated from other sources of chaga mushrooms grown in different regions.

As well as being sustainably grown, traceable and scientifically evidenced, MyceliAid comes as a water-dispersible powder suitable for several delivery forms, expanding the possibilities of chaga applications. Click here to find out more about MyceliAid.

About Sibelius Natural Products

Sibelius is a developer and marketer of high-value, clinically validated natural ingredients for use in dietary supplements, foods and beverages. The company is focused on building modern scientific evidence behind well-known botanicals, helping consumers to make informed decisions about the supplements they choose to purchase. Sibelius’ ingredient portfolio supports unique claims associated with cognition, sleep, anxiety, inflammation, cardiovascular health and men’s health. For more information, please fill in the form below:



Sibelius™:Chamomile featured in New Sleep and Relaxation Oral Spray

Sibelius Natural Products is excited to announce that its high-quality ingredient Sibelius™: Chamomile is featured in a new product from FutureYou Cambridge, targeting restful sleep and relaxation.

FutureYou Cambridge’s Restful Night+  is a relaxing blend of Sibelius™: Chamomile, our proprietary Roman chamomile extract, lavender oil and vitamin B6, developed to provide a calm nights’ sleep and stress relief naturally. This newly-introduced formulation is available in a mouth spray format, which enables the quick delivery and absorption of its actives for better sleep support.

Sibelius™:Chamomile derives from a proprietary, non-GMO source of Roman chamomile grown in the UK. Our herb grows sustainably and is harvested at a specific time to ensure the optimal content of bioactive compounds.

Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, syn. Anthemis nobilis) is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs, known for its soothing and relaxing benefits. Preclinical studies conducted with Sibelius™: Chamomile showed strong anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating activities, reducing the level of important inflammatory markers in both human adipocytes and neuroblastoma cell lines1.

In addition, a 4-week market observation study investigated the beneficial effects of Sibelius™: Chamomile on sleep in 18 healthy volunteers. The results showed significant improvements in sleep quality linked to a reduction in disruptive sleeping patterns.

Restful Night+ also contains lavender and peppermint oil, known for their calming properties, as well as a bioactive form of vitamin B6, a compound that plays a key role in supporting the nervous system and sleep2.

About Sibelius Natural Products

Sibelius is a developer and marketer of high-value, clinically validated natural ingredients for use in dietary supplements, foods and beverages. The company is focused on building modern scientific evidence behind well-known botanicals, helping consumers to make informed decisions about the supplements they choose to purchase. Sibelius’ ingredient portfolio supports unique claims associated with cognition, sleep, anxiety, inflammation, cardiovascular health and men’s health. For more information, please fill in the form below:



References

1. Russo, C et al. Effects of Salvia officinalis L. and Chamaemelum nobile (L.) extracts on inflammatory responses in two models of human cells: Primary subcutaneous adipocytes and neuroblastoma cell line (SK-N-SH). Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2021; 268:113614.

2. Kennedy, DO. B Vitamins and the Brain: Mechanisms, Dose and Efficacy ¾ A Review. Nutrients. 2016; 8(2): 68.


Sibelius Wins an Innovate UK Smart Award to Uncover Complex Extracts' Mechanisms of Action

Oxford, UK, 10 February 2021 - Sibelius Natural Products is delighted to announce that the Company has won an Innovate UK Smart Award against very strong competition, as part of a collaborative application with the Clore Laboratory at the University of Buckingham. The award will support development of methods that help to uncover mechanisms of action that are responsible for the health benefits that complex natural products impart.

Sibelius is committed to investigating how its ingredients work, through molecular characterization and subsequent pre-clinical and clinical investigations as part of its proprietary Chronoscreen™ platform. The Company is constantly looking for new ways to complement these approaches to further its’ understanding on what triggers specific biological mechanisms.

Beyond knowing that an ingredient is safe and efficacious and can support health claims on consumer products, feedback from customers, distributors and partners has consistently highlighted a strong demand to understand both how and why an ingredient delivers its beneficial physiological effects.

“Sibelius has long been committed to bringing novel high-quality ingredients to the market and we truly believe that the science behind them makes a key difference” said Peter Leyland, CEO at Sibelius.

This new approach, when developed, will be utilized by scientists at Sibelius to support the identification of human proteins that are targeted by compounds within our ingredients, and therefore we can identify specific mechanisms-of-action that contribute towards the health benefits they impart.

In addition to providing a strong basis for novel IP protection, the new approach will also support continued development and science-based marketing of extracts. “Identifying the compounds present in complex extracts that can bind to human proteins, and what target proteins they bind to will provide invaluable insights” said Dr Kieron Edwards, CSO at Sibelius.

“This represents a great competitive advantage for finished product manufacturers and their formulators who will have access to a new level of understanding that will enable them to expand their pipeline with new evidence-based product innovations”, added Dr Edwards.

The method will provide Sibelius with a unique, world-leading capability to identify the putative active compounds and mechanisms of action for natural products at an unprecedented speed and scale. This represents a true category shift that delivers on real consumer needs for natural, plant-based solutions that are proven to work.

About Sibelius Natural Products

Sibelius Natural Products provides clinically validated and IP protected ingredients to the global dietary supplement, food & beverage industries. Dedicated to ongoing scientific research, rigorous quality management and thoughtful consumer education, Sibelius has pioneered the development of innovative natural ingredients such as Old English Sage and Roman Chamomile. The strong clinical research backing Sibelius’ ingredients has helped us support unique product claims for our customers associated with cognition, sleep & relaxation, inflammation, cardiovascular health and men’s health. For more information, please fill in the form below:



Sibelius™: Sage featured in New Cognitive Function and Memory Support supplement

Sibelius Natural Products has announced that its clinically substantiated ingredient Sibelius™: Sage is featured in a new product from Nootropics Depot, targeting cognitive skills and overall brain health.

The product, available in powder format, is a cognitive function and memory support game changer. The active ingredient, Sibelius™: Sage, has demonstrated tangible efficacy through in vitro and in vivo trials with researchers concluding that Sibelius™: Sage notably helps promote overall cognitive function.

Most recently, Sibelius™: Sage was the subject of a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, conducted on human in vitro data. The study investigated the effects of Sibelius™: Sage on inflammatory responses in human mature adipocytes and neuroblastoma cell lines. The results support the utilization of sage extract as a potentially effective therapeutic anti-inflammatory agent, which may contribute towards maintenance of long-term cognitive health.

About Sibelius™: Sage

Sibelius™: Sage is a patent-pending, nutritional ingredient that boosts cognitive performance. The ingredient has been clinically studied in healthy seniors, young adults and – for the first time – children, demonstrating its safety and efficacy. Sibelius™: Sage is both fast and effective, working within one hour and boosting cognitive performance.

About Sibelius Natural Products

Sibelius is a developer and marketer of high-value, clinically validated natural ingredients for use in dietary supplements, foods and beverages. The company is focused on building modern scientific evidence behind well-known botanicals, helping consumers to make informed decisions about the supplements they choose to purchase. Sibelius’ ingredient portfolio supports unique claims associated with cognition, sleep, anxiety, inflammation, cardiovascular health and men’s health. For more information, please fill in the form below:



Sibelius appoints CTC Group as new distributor for South East Asia and LATAM


Sibelius appoints CTC Group as new distributor for South East Asia and LATAM 

Our international network continues to expand with the appointment of CTC Group as our new exclusive distribution partner for Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. These are the new territories to join our expanding network of international partners and distributors that includes also North America, Europe, Australia, Singapore, China, Taiwan and Japan.

Sibelius Natural Products and CTC Group entered an agreement with the shared goal of enhancing the quality of life and supporting healthy ageing through scientifically validated and clinically-proven natural ingredients. It was CTC’s integrity and trustworthiness that made them the right partner for us.  CTC heavily relies on transparency at work to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with their suppliers. This enables them to comply to national and international standards of doing business ethically.

“They were attracted to us because of the science and the clinical validation behind our ingredients. CTC Group has a proven track record of success throughout South East Asia and Latin America. We’re delighted to be partnering with them and looking forward to successful results” said Peter Leyland, CEO at Sibelius Natural Products.

At Sibelius, we strive to become the preferred partner of natural and innovative life science solutions for health and wellness. If you believe our science-backed ingredients could be a good fit for your next product launch, we would love to hear from you.

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3 Tips to successfully formulate with Natural Oils


3 TIPS TO SUCCESSFULLY FORMULATE WITH NATURAL OILS

Plant-derived oils have long been used by ancient civilizations for their multiple health benefits. Whether it be to alleviate anxiety symptoms, calm skin irritation or help you relax after a difficult day, these potent natural products provide numerous ways to care for your body. When added to products, botanical oils play a number of different roles – from natural preservatives, flavoring, fragrance and antioxidant agents, to functional ingredients1. If you’re thinking of including plant-based oils in your next product line, here are three tips for you:

1. The Selection

Today, a vast array of botanical oils are available to formulators, providing different medicinal properties and scents. Selecting the oil or blend of oils that work best for the desired application, keeping a balance between pleasant aromas and functional wellness, is key. Before making up your mind, make sure you do some research to identify the oils that blend well with each other and find the right quantities. For example, we have identified a successful synergy between our Roman Chamomile oil and our English Peppermint oil. This is an ideal combination for a stress-relief formulation, that helps promote healthy sleep and relaxation.

2. The Quality

The quality of natural oils may widely vary depending on growing conditions, harvesting, manufacturing, distribution and storage . Many products on the market, including ‘nature identical’ or diluted oils, are not always suitable for use in cosmetic, personal care, food or beverage preparations. Therefore, always look for 100% pure ingredients sold by trusted and responsible suppliers that comply with regulatory requirements. Sibelius offers a selection of botanical oils derived from high-quality raw materials grown in England, UK with a well-documented history of safe use in food and cosmetic products.

3. The Quantity

Plant-derived oils are highly concentrated and extremely potent ingredients, therefore the quantity needed in a formulation is very small. In addition, there are safety concerns when it comes to their concentration – being 50-100 times more potent than in the plant . That is why botanical oils are usually diluted adequately with carrier oils prior to being added to end-user formulations2,3.  In short, when working with botanical oils, always remember that less is more!

Using high-quality oils in the right quantities can make your formulations stand out! If you’d like to learn more or receive guidance on how to formulate with our new collection of Natural Oils, fill the form below!



References

1 S. Bhavaniramya, S. Vishnupriya, M. S. Al-Aboody, R. Vijayakumar and D. Baskaran, “Role of essential oils in food safety: Antimicrobial and antioxidant applications,” Grain & Oil Science and Technology, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 49-55, 2019.
2 Banyan Tree, “Should I dilute essential oils?,” Banyan Tree, 2019.
3 W. Robbins, “Guide to Diluting Essential Oils”.

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Running 7k in aid of Oxfordshire Mind

RUNNING 7K IN AID OF OXFORDSHIRE MIND

- Charity fundraising update -


As we announced on alongside our Corporate Social Responsibility policy back in January, our charity partner for 2020-21 is Oxfordshire Mind – a fantastic local mental health charity supporting people all over the county of Oxfordshire with mental health issues. Their services are invaluable, and during a tumultuous 2020 due to COVID-19, many more individuals have been leaning on them for crucial mental health support as our communities face the challenges of this crisis.

As part of our fundraising efforts for Oxfordshire Mind, members of team Sibelius signed up to take part in the Blenheim 7k fun run. The event was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020, however due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was postponed until 11th October. The event ended up being cancelled in the palace grounds again, but a virtual version of the run took place instead – which meant that all runners would complete the 7k in another location of their choice rather than in the palace grounds.

So on the weekend of 10th October, four members of our team – myself, Kieron Edwards, Loukiana Chatzinasiou and Gioia Zambon took to the streets (our individual streets, that is!) and ran in aid of Oxfordshire Mind. Between us, we raised £504 for the charity thanks to some generous donations from our families, friends, and colleagues. Notably, Kieron even came first in the 7k male category – completing the race in just 29 minutes and 34 seconds!

We look forward to continuing our fundraising efforts for Oxfordshire Mind during the remainder of 2020 and into 2021!

By Sophia Cheesman
Office Manager


Essential Nutrition LactoMato is finalist in the NutraIngredients Asia Awards 2020

Essential Nutrition LactoMato is finalist in the NutraIngredients Asia Awards 2020 

Sibelius Natural Products is excited to announce that Essential Nutrition's formulation containing our proprietary ingredient Sibelius™:LactoMato has been shortlisted for this year's NutraIngredients Asia Awards in the "Product of the Year - Botanical" category. We are proud our partners made it to the final stage of the NutraIngredients Asia Awards 2020!

Earlier this year Sibelius™:LactoMato had also been shortlisted as finalist for the NutraIngredients Awards 2020 in the prestigious "Nutrition Research Project" category with a study demonstrating the benefits of our Sibelius™:LactoMato in sperm quality. The study was led by Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology Reproduction and Dr Liz Williams, a leading specialist in Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield. The project illustrated how Sibelius™:LactoMato can make a real difference to a couple’s fertility journey. 

Sibelius has worked over the past 12 months to bring the patented lycopene-based ingredient to multiple markets, including North America and Asia Pacific. We are excited by the recognition that this nomination brings to Sibelius.

At Sibelius, in addition to providing the industry with clinically proven ingredients, we partner with like-minded ingredient distributors from all over the globe and we couldn't be prouder of all our partners and the incredible success that these ingredients are earning across the globe.

If you'd like to join our global distribution network, we'd like to hear from you.



Sibelius Natural Products appoints New Distributor for Japan

Sibelius Natural Products is delighted to announce a new partnership with a Japanese distributor, which enables us to sell our branded and clinically evidenced ingredients into the Japanese market.

Distribution in Japan further expands our global network of partners which includes long standing relationships in the US, Asia Pacific, and Europe. “Consumers need products that help them age well” said Peter Leyland, CEO at Sibelius Natural Products. “Our new distributor partner will help us fulfil our vision to deliver natural and effective health solutions to the Japanese market.”

Sibelius™:Sage is the first of Sibelius’ ingredients to have been approved for registration in the Japanese market. Our clinically supported and fully traceable sage extract derives from a proprietary, non-GMO cultivar of sage (Salvia officinalis L.) grown in the Hampshire, UK. Its unparalleled quality, versatility in terms of delivery formats, as well as its clinical evidence, is what makes it stand out.

Kieron Edwards, our Chief Scientific Officer, says “As we age, our cognitive abilities decline, so an ingredient that can help to counteract some of these issues is very exciting. What makes Sibelius™: Sage unique, is that participants in our clinical study experienced cognitive benefits in as quickly as 1 hour, with effects lasting for up to 6 hours”.

Sibelius™:LactoMato, our highly bioavailable Lycopene Complex, will also be commercially available in Japan. Its strong scientific evidence supporting men’s and cardiovascular health, as well as its patent-protected formulation, is what made it attractive to this market.

All our ingredients have been scientifically tested using Chronoscreen™, Sibelius’ patented platform, which enables the exploration of natural single-compounds and complex extracts and the identification of their activity. We continuously test for functional natural ingredients from which we select the most biologically active for our own proprietary products, or to explore co-development opportunities with commercial partners.

If you believe our science-backed ingredients could be a good fit for your next product launch, we would love to hear from you.

Get in touch with us!


 


Sibelius expands its portfolio with a new Natural Oils line!

Dedicated to developing scientifically evidenced natural ingredients for healthy ageing, Sibelius Natural Products is pleased to announce the release of a new botanical oils line for cosmetic, personal care, fragrance and flavouring applications.

With cosmetic, food and beverage brands striving to include as close to 100% natural ingredients as possible, the demand for high-quality, active natural products is constantly growing. Given the increasing demand, Sibelius has identified a collection of three well-known botanical oils, which will be globally available:

Well-known for its calming and soothing properties, this oil can help create feelings of comfort and relaxation. Sibelius' 100% pure and genuine Roman Chamomile Oil is an excellent addition to aromatherapy blends, beauty and cosmetic formulations.

With unique calmative, antioxidant and soothing properties, Sibelius' 100% pure and fresh English Sage Oil has very low thujone levels and is ideal for a vast range of applications.

Recognised as the finest quality oil in the world, our barrel-aged English Black Mitcham Peppermint Oil provides a delicious flavour and an intense aroma to food, beverage, skincare and many more applications.

Natural oils are one of the most important plant-derived products, and due to their various health benefits, they have been used in various cultures for centuries. More recently, the increasing consumer demand for natural products has made botanical oils prevalent ingredients in beauty, cosmetic, food and beverage formulations.

As part of Sibelius' brand, the new natural oils line includes high-quality, aromatic oils with an extended application profile - spanning skin, body and hair care, personal hygiene, fragrance and flavouring uses.

"Natural cosmetic ingredients and products are gaining more popularity than ever before, so we look forward to expanding into this key market." said Peter Leyland, CEO of Sibelius Natural Products.

The company currently offers three branded nutraceutical ingredients for dietary supplements, food and beverage applications - Sibelius™:Sage for brain health support, Sibelius™:Chamomile for better sleep and relaxation, and Sibelius™:LactoMato for men's health and cardiovascular support. With this new line of botanical oils, Sibelius aims at offering natural fragrance and flavouring solutions to nutraceutical, food and beverage manufacturers, as well as at expanding its reach into the beauty and cosmetic industry.

 


Want to know more about our collection of botanical oils? Get in touch with us!