Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc. (OTCQB: PLPL), a producer of highly bioavailable plant extracts for industries including health, wellness, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical, today announced preliminary results from a human clinical trial conducted by North West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, which showed the Company’s Phytofare™ Catechin Complex to have a higher degree of bioavailability – the level of catechin absorption and retention in the blood stream – than generic green tea extracts.
According to Prof. Grobler of North West University, when comparing the green tea extract against Phytofare,™ the results showed a ten-fold increase in eight catechins in the blood, where the green tea comparator showed only two detectable catechins. The absorption of Phytofare™ was five times greater than with green tea comparator complexes, while the lifespan of the catechins in the blood was doubled in the case of Phytofare™, resulting in ten-times greater over all bioavailability of the Phytofare™ extract. The comprehensive study results will be posted on the Company’s website: www.plandaibiotech.com
Catechins are a type of natural phenol and antioxidant, which have been determined to have lipid-lowering, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidative capabilities. The study protocol further explains that previous testing of green tea extracts have shown that catechin concentrations peak 1 to 2 hours after ingestion and gradually reduce to undetectable levels after 24 hours. An extract that allows the body to experience more of the health benefits of green tea is expected to have a significant market advantage over traditional green tea products where most of the catechins are lost through metabolization before they enter the bloodstream.
The non-randomized study, conducted by North West University, used 26 subjects who received generic green tea extract for four days and then had their blood plasma analyzed for a variety of catechins pre-dose and then at 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 120 minutes, 180 minutes, 5 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours and 24 hours post-dose. After a 14-day washout period, the study subjects received a Phytofare™ Catechin Complex for four days and had their blood plasma analyzed at the same intervals.
A third leg of the study, expected to begin in November, will further examine the bioavailability of a Phytofare™ entrapped in Pheroid, a patented delivery system licensed from North West University by Plandaí. Those results will be compared to the data on the generic green tea extract and the Phytofare™ Catechin Complex. Entrapment in Pheroid™ is expected to act as a biological stabilizer of the Phytofare™ catechins. The Phytofare™ extract used in the third leg of the study will be processed from tea harvested at Plandaí’s Senteeko estate in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
About Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc.
Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc. and its subsidiaries develop highly bioavailable, phytonutrient rich extracts which are being utilized to deliver a new family of drugs to safely and affordably treat a multitude of diseases and conditions. Plandaí Biotechnology controls every aspect of the process, from growing the raw materials on its farms in South Africa to producing its proprietary Phytofare™ extracts in-house, allowing the Company to guarantee the continuity of supply as well as quality control throughout the entire process. Targeted industries for the Company’s products include beverage, cosmeceutical, wellness, nutraceutical, anti-aging, and pharmaceutical. For more information, please visit http://www.plandaibiotech.com.
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