Dr. Benny Antony Wins National Intellectual Property Award

Dr. Benny Antony, Joint Managing Director- Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd has been conferred with the National Intellectual Property Award for the year 2019 in the category of Top Individual for Patents and Commercialization. Along with the National IP Award, Intellectual Property Office India and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have jointly conferred the ‘WIPO Medal for Inventors’ also to Dr. Benny Antony. The Indian Intellectual Property Office bestows National Intellectual Property (IP) Awards to outstanding innovators, organizations, and companies in the fields of patents, designs, trademarks and geographical indications on the occasion of World IP Day every year. The awards were handed over on 26" April 2019 by Shri Ramesh Abhishek,. Hon’ble Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India at a function jointly organized by Indian Intellectual Property Office and Confederation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CII).

Arjuna Celebrates 48th National Safety Day at its Edayar Manufacturing Facility

The 48th National Safety Day was celebrated on 4th March 2019 at Arjuna’s Edayar manufacturing facility. Organized by ‘National Safety Council’, the National Safety Day aims at contributing to increased safety awareness and reduction in accidents across industrial workspaces. The celebration included safety flag hosting followed by Arjuna employees taking the safety pledge. Safety badges were also distributed to the employees at the venue. Ensuring safety at personnel, production, and process was the key objective of the event. March-4th – March 10th, 2019 will be observed as the safety week across all the facilities at Arjuna. The National Safety Day Theme for 2019 is – “Cultivate and Sustain a Safety Culture for Building Nation”.

Arjuna's BCM-95® (Curcugreen®) expands stronghold in Europe with new patent validation.

Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd. has been granted a new patent in Europe for its applied technology of improving the bioavailability of curcumin in its BCM- 95®(Curcugreen®) formulation and a leading product in its broad portfolio of natural ingredients. The new patent enables Arjuna to further expand its stronghold in 20 additional countries across Western and Eastern Europe. It is already a leading brand in the The United States and is protected by 49 patents (14 in the US, 2 in Japan and 33 in European Countries) for composition and manufacturing processes of curcumin extract. The patented formulation provides biologically active curcumin with essential oil of turmeric. The 100% natural formulation is extensively backed by over 55 published studies worldwide and several on-going studies for its therapeutic activity on multiple health indications, making it unparalleled in the segment. “The composition of BCM-95® (Curcugreen®) contains only turmeric based components and no synthetic or non-turmeric ingredients,” says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. “This composition of turmeric delivers free curcumin into the blood and is retained in the body for a longer duration,” notes Antony. This patent in effect helps to address much confusion in the market regarding curcumin absorption and oral bioavailability. The main problem of curcumin is that it is not absorbed nor retained well in the bloodstreams. Yet, the market has subsequently been flooded with curcumin products laden with synthetic additives in attempts to overcome the issue of bioavailability. Also, it is observed that many brands are toll manufactured at production centers not complying to cGMP standards. “Any supplement you put into your body should be both safe and effective,” insists Antony. “Arjuna’s BCM-95® (Curcugreen®) is wholly manufactured in its own facility under a fully automated cGMP complied continuous extraction plant—using only solar power. This has enabled Arjuna to triple its manufacturing capacity in Coimbatore, India to meet the growing demand for their brand of curcumin in the coming years. The success of BCM-95® (Curcugreen®) has enabled Arjuna to rev up it's marketing activities and cements its foothold in the European market as well as in the USA. “With the mobilization of our dedicated sales force, we hope to increase our market reach significantly in the coming years.” Says P.J Kunjachan, Chairman & Managing Director. BCM-95® (Curcugreen®) enjoys GRAS status as a pure and trusted brand for use in medical foods following a comprehensive review by a panel of qualified experts

Arjuna Awarded with Gold Grade for Outstanding Performance in Industrial Safety & Health, 2018

Arjuna Edayar Team received the Factory Grading Certificate (Gold) from Hon'ble Minister of labour, Sri T.P Ramakrishnan on 4th March 2019 at the 'Safety Award Dispersal' function held at Ernakulam

Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd receives CII- Southern Region Entrepreneur Award 2018

P.J Kunjachan, CMD- Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd receives CII- Southern Region Entrepreneur Award 2018

Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd bagged the prestigious Certificate of Merit for Export Excellence by Spices Board of India for the year 2014-15. The certificate of merit was received by Dr. Benny Antony- Joint Managing Director- Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd from Sri.Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation on 8th December 2018 at Hotel Raddison Blu- Ernakulam

Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd conducted its 26th Annual General Meeting on 28th September 2018 at Hotel Periyar Ltd, Near Marthanda Varma Bridge, Aluva. The attendees of the meeting include respected directors, shareholders, management team, auditors and associates of the organization.

Arjuna rebranding its all-natural turmeric extract

Kerala, India-Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd. announces it has established a direct supply chain in the US for its leading high-potency turmeric extract, Curcugreen®, ensuring safe, pure product. Curcugreen has the same, market-leading patented bio-available composition that was sold previously through an exclusive agreement with Dolcas Biotech under the brand name, "Curcugreen® ". This composition experienced record growth levels compared to all other curcumin supplements.

"Our priority is to ensure our customers and consumers that our patented composition - the safety and therapeutic benefits of which have been validated by more than 50 scientific studies - will continue to be available without any change in the composition," explains P.J. Kunjachan, Chairman and Managing Director for Arjuna. "Arjuna Natural will market the same patented composition under its own trademark, Curcugreen."

Arjuna, the manufacturer and owner of 29 patents on product composition, process and application will no longer supply the clinically proven composition to Dolcas Biotech. The change to new brand name will not affect the composition and quality of this unique curcumin.

The growing importance of traceability, and maintaining complete control of the supply chain from farm-to-fork, and commitment to highest standards of quality encouraged Arjuna to move closer to serving customers globally. The Arjuna sales office in Dallas, Texas, will serve its North American customers and guarantee the highest level of service. Arjuna will exhibit Curcugreen alongside its portfolio of natural ingredients, natural colors, and natural preservatives, at the SSW Expo, in Las Vegas, November 8 and 9, booth 2378

The unique composition of Curcugreen comprises of curcuminoids and essential oil of turmeric which increases free-curcumin bioavailability and provides multifaceted health benefits. This composition has proven synergistic activity. This is a whole-food ingredient, clean, natural, and safe to use.

"Our flagship curcumin has been at the forefront of turmeric science for the past 15 years," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "It now has been rebranded as Curcugreen to reflect the spirit of a safe, high-bioavailability ingredient, backed with an eco-friendly approach through the use of solar energy and sustainable farming practices. Arjuna has taken full control of its supply chain."

"We will continue to invest in new science for Curcugreen to expand the use of this innovative curcumin in the bioavailable space," adds Antony.

"Our brand is consistently evolving - we are at the forefront of science and innovation not just for the sake of innovation but to create a difference in consumers' lifestyle," concluded Antony. "We will continue to work closely with our customers to identify and create the products that consumers need."

Arjuna bags the Pharmexcil (Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India) Outstanding Export Performance Award. The award is conferred based on the outstanding contribution of Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd to India''s pharmaceutical exports for the year 2017-2018. The 10th edition of Pharmexcil Outstanding Export Performance Awards was presented to Dr. Benny Antony- Joint Managing Director- Arjuna Natural on 14th September 2018 at Hyderabad. Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) set up under the provisions of Foreign Trade Policy by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is the authorized agency of the government of India for the promotion of pharmaceutical exports from India.

Joining hands with the on-going initiatives of the state government in rebuilding Kerala post the onslaught of devastating floods, Arjuna Natural has contributed Rs 10 Lakhs to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Mr. P.J Kunjachan, Chairman & Managing Director-Arjuna Naural Ltd, handed over the cheque to Tahsildar- Aluva on 14-09-18.

Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd in association with Mathrubhumi has inaugurated the Madhuram Malayalam project at a function conducted at the Holy Ghost Convent Girls High School, Aluva on 28-06-18. The project aims in developing reading habits among students through the distribution of free newspaper for each classroom. The program is part of Arjuna's on-going CSR initiatives.

Curcugreen®, a high-potency turmeric extract developed and manufactured by Arjuna Naturals Ltd., has been granted a patent for "composition for use in treatment" by the European Patent Office (EPO). This patent is in addition to 16 patents (13 in the US, two in Japan and one in Europe) that Arjuna already has on its Curcugreen® turmeric extracts.

The new patent covers Arjuna's composition of the active curcuminoids, demethoxycurcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin, and Ar-turmerone. The essential oil of turmeric has proven effective in helping the treatment of depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and Alzheimer's disease. The patent is strictly enforced in most countries in EU and in the US.

Last year, Curcugreen® was affirmed GRAS status by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This confirms the safety profile of Curcugreen® and cements it as a trusted, clean brand. Curcugreen® has been involved in 42 published studies and more than a dozen studies are ongoing, including pre-clinical and clinical studies on its multiple health benefits.

Arjuna created a unique composition of curcumin and essential oil of turmeric that increases free-curcumin bioavailability and provides multifaceted health benefits. Curcugreen® goes through stringent quality control from raw material sourcing throughout the manufacturing process and its therapeutic benefits are proven by rigorous clinical trials. Arjuna ensures traceability of Curcugreen®'s supply chain, from farm to finished supplement, to ensure a pure, clean, and safe product.

"Arjuna conducts several research projects to create new formulations and provide significant value for our customers," adds Antony. "We are continually investing in new technologies to answer the constantly expanding needs of our customers, while developing a growing portfolio of natural health supplements, all made more secure by diligently securing our intellectual property."

Results of a new human study shows that Herbagut®, an all-natural polybotanical extract blend, supports gut health. For centuries, Ayurvedic botanical ingredients have been used traditionally for gut health and general well-being.

Herbagut®, a proprietary blend of 14 botanical extracts developed and marketed by Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd., is rooted in the centuries-old tradition of Ayurvedic medicine. The company will exhibit Herbagut at Vitafoods, Geneva, May 15-17, booth Booth #J30.

The botanical ingredients used in Herbagut® are individually extracted and blended in proprietary ratio with unique fingerprinting to ensure stringent quality, efficacy, and consistency. Herbagut® is certified pure, sustainable, and traceable, and conforms to EU regulations including PAH. All of the 14 botanical extracts used in Herbagut® are approved in the EU and US for use in food supplements.

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (March, 2018) by Adrian Lopresti, PhD, at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, demonstrated that this synergistic polybotanical extract helps support overall well-being and healthy gut function. Discomfort in the gut has been linked to anxiety, stress, and depression (the so-called "gut-brain" axis). The synergistic action of ingredients in Herbagut® offers mucosal protection and helps maintain the integrity of internal lining of the gut. It also has a proven anti-inflammatory effect, helping to support a diverse gut microbiota and aiding in gut motility.

"This trial confirms that daily intake of 800 mg of Herbagut over a 28-day period can improve gut health and related health conditions in people with unsatisfactory bowel habits," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "The tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, used for hundreds of years, is finally backed by research and is accessible to consumers who seek natural relief from digestive stress."

The study further proved that Herbagut® is safe to use in food supplements, offering a range of specific benefits that include: improvement of gut microflora, regular bowel movements, constipation relief, and mitigation of abdominal pain, abdominal distension, heartburn, and straining at defecation. Through its support of a healthy gut-brain interaction, it significantly improves the overall quality of life. Other aspects of the study demonstrated that the phytochemicals in Herbagut® can selectively kill pathogenic bacteria.

"The patent-pending Herbagut® brand is now available in powder, granular, and taste-masked water-dispersible powder formats," adds Antony.

Kerala, India-Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd., launches Shodenreg;, its high-potency, all-natural ashwagandha extract, at Vitafoods, Geneva, Booth #J30 2018. Shoden® is the highly bioactive extract of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), standardized to contain more than 35% glycowithanolides—the most active components of ashwagandha. This plant has been extensively used in India for centuries to reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress. Arjuna has invested in several ongoing clinical studies of Shoden® at top research institutes. Results of the first study will be published in a few months.

Innova Market Insights reports +18% average annual growth for new product launches featuring ashwagandha as an ingredient (Global, CAGR 2013-2017). In 2017, 59% of all new product launches tracked with ashwagandha as an ingredient are supplements, while 13% of all new product launches tracked with ashwagandha are soft drinks, compared to just 4% in 2013. In 2017, 49% of all new product launches reported with ashwagandha as an ingredient featured an energy claim.

Ashwagandha, also known as "Indian winter cherry" and "Indian ginseng," is one of the most important herbs used in traditional medicine in India, has been used in Ayurvedic and indigenous medicine for more than 3,000 years.

Ashwagandha extract contains alkaloids. Some of the alkaloids are toxic and it is technically challenging to remove them and keep the product safe to use. Arjuna developed a new, proprietary method of purification, based on traditional Indian processes, that targets and removes only toxic alkaloids, while retaining the beneficial bioactive ones. "Results following tests of Shoden® in multiple trials at Arjuna’s R&D lab proved the ability of this gentle process to ensure a pure, safe-to-use ashwagandha," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. Activity of each product batch is guaranteed tested and confirmed by in vivo testing.

Patent protected Shoden has a high amount of glycowithanolides in comparison to other ashwagandha extracts in the market. "We identified specific locations/farms in India for the cultivation of ashwagandha under our supervision and harvested once the crop reaches optimal growth level that allow us to provide supplement manufacturers a consistent, potent ingredient," adds Antony. "Arjuna also maintains transparency and traceability from-farm to supplement to guarantee a stable, safe supply."

Arjuna's production processes and products meet market-specific regulations worldwide. A GMP-certified, SAP-driven company, Arjuna has achieved international certifications including ISO22000, Kosher and Halal. Arjuna continues to engage in research and development, with continuing scientific validation of its novel product line through advanced clinical studies.

Arjuna Natural Pvt Ltd. is now able to guarantee a sustainable, nitrate-enriched, all-natural Amaranthus extract supply for boosting nitric oxide levels. The company implemented a sustainable approach to meet the growing demand for its nitric oxide booster, OxyStorm®, in the US and Europe

This natural source of nitrates is sugar-free and can be applied to a wide range of applications and standardized high nitrate content of 9%. Clinical research has demonstrated a crucial role played by nitric oxide in cardiovascular health. Nitric oxide deficiency, is the first step for the emergence of many disease states of the cardiovascular and related systems, including heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, hyperhomocysteinemia, inflammation and diseases due to smoking.

Developing new methods to restore and replete bioactive nitric oxide is extremely important, especially for cardiprotection and support in persons who are active. Results from a clinical study published in the September 2016 European Journal of Applied Physiology confirm that dietary supplementation of OxyStorm generates a significant boost in plasma nitrate, ultimately increasing nitric oxide levels in the body.

To create its high-nitrate OxyStorm, Arjuna devoted large tracts of land in South India solely to amaranthus cultivation. Harvesting amaranth requires precise agriculture proficiency and care. The company’s established association with local farmers in turn supports the community and secures its income.

"Arjuna identified an experienced community of local farmers and helped them develop and maintain sustainable farming practices," says Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director. "We trained them to adopt the best practices, focusing on the minutest details, while employing advanced agricultural methods. This allows the farmers to attain the maximum yield of high-quality amaranthus, without using any chemicals."

The quality of amaranthus is significantly influenced by the climate as well. Arjuna guides the farmers to harvest amaranthus at the peak time, following which the crop undergoes a controlled, proprietary process before further extraction. The nutraceutical compounds are kept intact through every segment of the patent-pending manufacturing and purification process. All processing is performed at Arjuna’s dedicated facility, under complete supervision by Arjuna’s quality control department, and powered exclusively by eco-friendly solar energy.

"OxyStorm has gained a good reputation in the US and other countries for its health benefits and high nitrate content," notes Chase Johnston, Director of US Operations for Arjuna. "It is suitable for a comprehensive portfolio of food, beverage, and supplement applications, including health beverages, beverage 'shots', nutrition bars and supplements."

Arjuna Natural LLC, was recently established in Dallas, Texas, to better serve the company's North American customers.

Kerala, India—Arjuna Naturals Ltd., launches its natural preservative formulation for combating oxidation, thermal degradation, hydrolytic rancidity and extending the frying cycle of vegetable oils. The new, all-natural preservative formulation contains a few simple ingredients and enables a clean label. It is GMO-free, oil-soluble and vegan. Initial response was so strong, Arjuna decided to immediately market this natural solution worldwide.

FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) of India has revised its standards to allow for reuse of vegetable oil in frying and cooking applications until the oil reaches a maximum Total Polar Compound (TPC) limit of 25%. Any edible oil used for frying application that crosses this maximum limit of TPC will be considered unsafe. Arjuna's novel formulation also helps manufacturers use oil for frying more quantity by slowing down the oxidative degradation due to reuse, thus keeping the oil safe.

Frying oils contain sensitive mixtures of different unsaturated fatty acids that influence oxidative stability. Degradation of frying oil occurs quickly due to a higher temperature, oxidative degradation, and hydrolytic rancidity. These cause rapid deterioration that leads to unpleasant flavors and odors, and undesirable color changes in both the oil and in the food fried in it.

Food and foodservice companies typically evaluate Peroxide Value (PV), which measures oxidative degradation only and hydrolytic rancidity measured by Free Fatty Acids (FFA) both of which fluctuates during frying. This is the reason why TPC is considered an accurate indicator of the quality of frying oil.

"Our R&D team developed a natural preservative that can help maintain vegetable oil color, taste, and functionality even in high temperatures and does not negatively affect the fried product," explains Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. "It helps food processors fry an increased number of product batches per liter of oil, with delayed TPC development and decreased time to rancidity. The new preservative formulation helps food manufacturers meet FSSAI's new standards and keep frying oil consumption economical."