Herbal supplements are food additives derived from mixtures containing single or multiple herbs. Recently, the American Botanical Council (ABC) released its Annual Herbal Report 2015. The U.S. herbal supplement market achieved rapid growth in 2015, with a 7.5% growth rate and a market size of $6.92 billion. Among them, the mainstream channel sales increased 1.5% to 943 million US dollars; And natural channels reached 4 percent, with sales totaling $365 million.
The development of herbal supplement industry is inseparable from people’s attention to health. In recent years, people have a sense of trust in natural plant extracts after recognizing the possible side effects of chemical synthetic products. The popular herbal supplements in different countries are also very different, the European and American markets prefer cranberries; The Chinese market prefers ginkgo leaf, ganoderma lucidum and ginseng; India is the biggest import market for turmeric. So which plant extracts are the most loved by the US market?
The Summer Herb Extract
The Summer Solstice grass, also known as Yuefu grass, belongs to the genus of the Summer Solstice grass, smell like thyme, the stem is square, mainly distributed in Yili, Xinjiang, China. The Summer Herbal Extract can calm and soothe, detoxify, reduce blood vessel congestion, rebuild skin health vitality, effectively fight histamine, eliminate allergens, reduce sebum production, help relieve skin discomfort.
Cranberry is rich in vitamins A, C, E, anthocyanin, hippuric acid, catechin, vaccin, etc. Has a very good antioxidant function, but also one of the most popular health ingredients in the United States, in snacks, beverages, yogurt are added.
Over the past 20 years, a series of scientific studies have confirmed the various health benefits of cranberries. Cranberry is rich in antioxidant polyphenols, which can improve the urinary system and prevent urinary tract infections; Soften capillaries, eliminate eye fatigue, improve vision; Delay cerebral nerve aging; Treatment of capillary immune diseases caused by diabetes; Strengthens heart function; Anti-cancer efficacy.
Echinacea is a popular medicinal herb in the United States and one of the best-selling health foods. Chicory acid, the main component of echinacea extract, is the most widely used medicinal plant, commonly used for colds, toothaches, snake bites and other injuries. It has been used in the United States for years as an alternative medicine to boost the immune system and clear blood, especially during changing seasons and cold and cough seasons.
Echinacea extract is found in some teas, ointments, pills and fruit juices in Europe and the United States, and is often mixed with other herbs and fruits.
Garcinia cambogia extract
Gamboge fruit extract, is the plant gamboge fruit pericarp extract, the effective component is HCA (hydroxy citric acid). HCA by inhibiting the synthesis of fat, promote the burning of fatty acids, reduce food intake, to achieve the role of slimming weight loss, weight loss is currently the most ideal, the most healthy weight loss health care raw materials.
Garcinia cambogia extract is a very popular weight-loss drug ingredient in Europe and the United States, but because it only works in the case of excessive intake of carbohydrates, it is more suitable for the starch-eating Oriental. In other words, the Chinese people use it to lose weight more suitable than Europe and the United States, I believe that Garcinia Cambogia extract in the future in the domestic will also have great prospects for development.
Green tea extract
Green tea extract is extracted from green tea leaves, mainly including tea polyphenols (catechins) and so on. It has the function of anti-oxidation and scavenging free radicals. Tea polyphenols as a natural antioxidant has been widely used in the food industry, in addition, Tea polyphenols have the functions of lowering blood lipid, anti-oxidation, inhibiting tumor, sterilization, detoxification, hangover, improving immunity, making it a widely used nutritional supplement.
Black cohosh extract
Black cohosh extract, also known as rattlesnake root, is the root extract of black cowherd, brown and black powder.
The main active ingredient is terpene glycosides. Black cohosh can produce estrogen-like effects, regulate endocrine balance, thereby helping to relieve menopause insomnia, hot flushes, back pain and emotional control and other uncomfortable symptoms. At least eight specific trials have reported that the use of black cohosh is safe and effective in improving the symptoms associated with menopause. Therefore, there are many doctors in the clinic to recommend menopausal women take black cohosh high concentration extract. In addition to effective treatment of menopause syndrome, black cohosh extract also has a certain role in relieving arthritis and osteoporosis.
Ginger is a medicinal and edible plant. The active ingredients of ginger extract are gingerol, gingerene, myrcene, α-curcumene, linalool, cineole and α-borneol, and a variety of amino acids.
Ginger root is widely used as a digestive aid for mild stomach upsets and is recommended by professional herbalists to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness, pregnancy, etc. It has the functions of strengthening stomach, anti-ulcer, cholagogue, protecting liver, strengthening heart, inhibiting platelet aggregation, anti-stunning, anti-tumor, central inhibition, enhancing immunity, antibacterial, insecticidal, anti-inflammatory, and strong anti-oxidation. Valerian extract is extracted from the dried roots and rhizomes of Valeric officinalis, valerian root contains dozens of active ingredients, the main pharmacological effects of antidepressant; Sedative, sleeping, anticonvulsant effect; Antibacterial, anti-virus, anti-tumor effects.
In addition, turmeric extract, barley grass extract, aloe extract, elderberry extract and milk thistle extract are also popular herbal supplements. While the market for herbal supplements has expanded further, sales of some herbal ingredients have declined, such as green coffee extract, rhodiola extract and acai berry extract.
As a China plant extract factory, Hongjitang has 151 registered TCM products, including ten proprietary products, bringing strong competitive advantages to its customers.