Kenansville, NC (PRWEB) January 31, 2005
Today, North Carolina based Nutragon, LLC announces it has been successful in creating a nutritional supplement from muscadine grape hulls that maintains a significantly high amount of resveratrol and other beneficial Polyphenolic compounds. In recent years, resveratrol has been examined by scientific researchers as an antioxidant, an anti-cancer agent, and an anti-inflammatory agent.
Resveratrol received scientific attention only a few years ago as a possible explanation for the ÂFrench ParadoxÂ Â the low incidence of heart disease among the French people, who eat a relatively high-fat diet. While resveratrol is present in many fruits and vegetables, the highest concentration in its natural state is found in the muscadine grape, particularly in the skin. The muscadine grape is a native plant found mainly in the coastal and piedmont sections of North Carolina. Until today, most attempts to capture the benefits of the powerful antioxidant resveratrol found in muscadine grapes have used a chemical extract process that destroys much of the benefits associated with resveratrol, and leaves a chemical residue.
Nutragon, LLC has developed a chemical-free process to dry the grape hull, and process into a powder form. This powder product, named Muscadine Plus, is being packaged in small packets, similar to sugar packets. It is currently available on the Internet and at designated retail outlets. This process uses a by-product of the current muscadine wine and food industry. ÂWe are excited about the health benefits this product could have,Â expressed Nutragon partner Bob Dalton. ÂNutragonÂs focus is on creating all natural products from the muscadine grape and other small fruits, void of any chemical processing.Â Mr. Dalton indicated that Nutragon will be announcing other natural products in the near future. Additional information about Nutragon and its products can be found at http://www.nutragonllc.com.
With this product announcement, the demand for muscadine grapes to be grown in eastern North Carolina is expected to increase. This could result in new processing and agricultural jobs in economically distressed counties in the near future. The Duplin County Cooperative Extension Service has been working closely with Nutragon to better understand the increased demand expected for muscadine grapes, and what this could mean for the farmers and farm economy. Grower opportunities and educational information will be forthcoming.