Vitafoods Asia 2019 Conference Summits

Mental wellbeing: Ingredients and opportunities


Thursday 26 September, 13:30 – 15:00

Consumers are increasingly looking for holistic, sustainable, non-drug therapies with fewer side effects. Examine the different strategies to expand into the growing market of mental wellness and natural products targeting sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, stress and brain health.

Chair: Gary Scattergood, Editor-in-Chief, NutraIngredients Asia (Singapore) 

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13:30 - 14:00

Providing an overview of the challenges and market opportunities in mental wellbeing

  • Offering solutions to support the multiple areas of mental health in an era where consumers are starting to prioritize self-care and holistic wellness
  • Reviewing different ingredients and opportunities to cater to consumers on the lookout for products that power mental health and wellbeing 

                                o REST, sleep and relax with adaptogens

                                o PLAY, getting into the mood foods for energy

                                o FOCUS, nootropics as the new frontier in mental enhancement  

Speaker: Michelle Teodoro, Food Science and Nutrition Analyst, Mintel (Singapore)

14:00 - 14:30

Exploring the benefits of formulating DHA-rich soy cream cheese from okara

  • Solubilisation of okara
  • Outlining examples of formulating DHA-rich soy cream cheese
  • Evaluating the potential of DHA-rich soy cream cheese as a potential functional food for the improvement of brain health

Speaker: Dr Heng Kiang Soon, Lecturer, School of Applied Science - Republic Polytechnic (Singapore)

14:30 - 15:00

SAFFR’ACTIV: a natural solution for emotional balance and cognitive wellness

  • Evaluation of saffron as a natural health ingredient
  • Reviewing the powers of saffron extract as a clinically proven ingredient for treating sleep disorders
  • Presenting clinical evidences relating to the efficacy of saffron extract

Speaker: Silvia Trudda, Food Department Manager, Green Plant Extracts - Massó Group (Spain)

15:00 - 15:30

Chronic stress - it is not just a mental disorder
  • Outlining which clinically-researched ingredients work best to add the many underlying areas that are impacted during prolonged periods of stress
  • What foods and ingredients to avoid when formulating a stress-friendly product
  • Highlighting the key food ingredients that will not only provide stress benefits but also add flavour, colour, and texture to foods and beverages

Speaker: David Foreman, President, Herbal Pharmacist Media (US)