Duas Rodas has increased its investments in research on Yerba Mate – a local plant of Latin America. The company is going to expand its portfolio by including a wide range of extracts made from Yerba Mate to promote health and well-being.
Yerba Mate – A Source of Bioactive Compounds
Duas Rodas is a Brazilian company that is responsible for manufacturing ingredients and flavors for the beverages, food, and nutraceutical industries throughout the world. And its expanded portfolio will provide them with a large variety of Yerba Mate extracts.
Yerba Mate plant, native to South America, provides many health benefits being a rich source of bioactive compounds. Bioactive compounds are chemicals present in certain foods (whole grains, vegetables, fruits, oils, and nuts) and plants.
These beneficial compounds (such as lignan, indoles, tannins, resveratrol, and lycopene) are known for promoting the health and well-being of the individuals. Many studies have observed their effects on the prevention of heart diseases and cancer.
With each passing day, the interest of the consumer is increasing in functional foods and beverages. And due to its beneficial effects, Yerba Mate has been highlighted in product launches throughout the world.
Various researches have found that Yerba Mate (botanical name: Ilex paraguariensis A. St.-Hil.) is a rich source of phenolic compounds and caffeine. Whereas, both of these are known to promote some important biological activities.
Health Benefits Associated with Yerba Mate
The wide range of functional properties of Yerba Mate, majorly its health-promoting benefits, has promoted its use in different types of beverages and foods. Following are some of the known benefits associated with Yerba Mate consumption:
- Stimulates the central nervous system (CNS) of the individual
- Acts as an antioxidant and vasodilator
- Provides an anti-inflammatory action
- Positively effects and maintains blood glucose and lipid profiles
- Have properties that can lead to weight reduction
The provision of unique flavor to the products is another use associated with the Yerba Mate plant. It allows consumers to get new experiences. The Brazilian company – Duas Rodas, works by obtaining essential oils from various tropical plants.
It combines tradition with intellectual experience of developing ingredients and up-to-date technology to ensure that Yerba Mate’s sensory properties and main bioactive ingredients are preserved while manufacturing new natural extracts and flavors.
It also ensures the stability of Yerba Mate’s active ingredients during the manufacturing process. The company’s portfolio provides a large variety of flavors and extracts obtained from toasted or green Yerba Mate.
These extracts are available in powder or liquid form, in various concentrations, and standardized in polyphenols and methylxanthines. Whereas, the optimal performance of these extracts can be observed in different beverages.
About Duas Rodas:
Duas Rodas, the largest flavor house in Brazil, was founded by German immigrants Rudolph Hufenussler and Hildegard almost 9 decades ago in 1925.
It has nearly 10,000 clients in thirty countries. The company’s portfolio displaying almost 3,000 items includes sweets, chocolates, additives, condiments, ice cream products, powdered products, natural extracts, and flavors.
It has an Innovation center, seven research and development centers, 3 factories in Brazil and 4 in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina. And has manufactured products with Halal, SMETA, FSSC 22000, Kosher, Organic Product, and Fair for Life certifications.