Older adults want to stay active and energetic, maintain their brain functions and enjoy the taste of food. In fact, their quality of life could depend on it. New research indicates that the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) naturally occurring in milk fat may play a supportive role in maintaining brain health.
We know that food plays a crucial role in healthy aging. There is a scientifically proven link between nutrition and health. Older adults have diversified nutritional needs depending on whether they are healthy and active, recovering from an illness, or in need of assistance in their daily lives.
One of the main concerns for older people is brain health. People are scared of losing their memory and, as a result, their independence. However, research shows that prioritizing the quality of nutrition might provide a potential solution.
A known fact is that brain goes through aging just like the other parts of the body. Scientific research shows that nutrition plays a major role in maintaining healthy brain function. Research shows that the MFGM in milk fat may have a supportive role in brain health – especially phospholipids 1*.
Dairy fat contains phospholipids that, according to research, are associated with positive effects on brain function in those with mild memory impairment. Phospholipids are the building blocks of cell membranes and therefore very important for brain function in all stages of the human lifespan.
Valio has developed a range of value-added powders to help food manufacturers respond to the growing demand of aging adults. Valio Eila™ NUTRI F+ lactose free formulated milk protein powder fulfils the key needs of older adults. It contains phospholipids from milk fat MFGM, as well as key vitamins and minerals to support normal brain functions. In addition to containing essential nutrients, it also features a full taste and texture, helping Valio’s customers to better formulate their products.
Valio Eila™ NUTRI F+ works in several applications, such as dried milk powders, special nutritional supplement drinks, dairy RTD formats, as well as nutritious food and dietary products.
Make products with natural health and wellness benefits for the elderly When the Valio Eila™ NUTRI F+ lactose free formulated milk protein powder was introduced, the health benefits of phospholipids located on the MFGM raised great interest among food industry professionals. With higher nutritional values offered by solutions like Valio Eila™ NUTRI F+ lactose free formulated milk protein powder, you can create products that contain nutrients to support the normal functions of the human body, as well as cognitive health:
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The Valio Food Solutions team is ready to help you with product development! We have a Nobel prize winning innovation and we know milk: our R&D team of 100 experts, including our nutrition experts, are ready to help you in very different cases. We can help in product development, with optimizing processes, and of course with any nutritional features that our customers want to improve in their products. We offer our industry-proven and market-tested solutions for a wide range of applications for the aging population, such as in dairy, beverages, confectionery, and ready meals.
Nutrition and health claims presented are based on (EC) 1924/2006 as part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
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