New green tech optimises aged black garlic extraction


Madrid-headquartered green tech pioneer Pharmactive has announced its novel, eco-friendly ABG Cool-Tech technology that optimizes the extraction process of its best-seller, ABG+ aged black garlic extract via more sustainable methods.

The company also now offers a more concentrated formulation ABG25+ that will be marketed alongside its existing organic ABG10+ ingredient. The reinforced and bolstered formulation is designed to predominantly serve the heart-health and immune supplement space.

ABG+ is produced via the proprietary ageing of fresh garlic bulbs (Allium sativum L.). This process consists of promoting the Maillard reaction, which transforms fresh garlic into aged black garlic which exerts the unique characteristics of deep black hue and a distinctive caramel-like flavour and texture, while the main bioactive molecules are enriched, creating a pool of potent antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavonoids, and melanoidins. One of the most prevalent of these is S-allyl-cysteine (SAC), which is well-known for its cardioprotective qualities. 

ABG+ has pending EFSA-permitted claims for the maintenance of heart health, antioxidant effects, and the support of the immune function. Pharmactive’s ABG+ line of extractions is derived from a unique and premium variety of Spanish garlic, called “Spring Violet.” “We grow and nurture our garlic on sunny, dry terrain in Pedroñeras, located in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain,” says Alberto Espinel, Manager of Strategic R&D in Active and Functional Natural Ingredients for Pharmactive. “The harsh conditions stimulate garlic to generate the beneficial bioactive compounds unique to this highly valued garlic variety.”

“The bulbs are aged and extracted in Pharmactive’s own facilities near the fields, using a proprietary green technology that generates very low waste and considerably reduces the environmental impact,” continues Espinel. “Also, since production requires minimal industrial processing, energy consumption is substantially reduced.”

New Potent ABG25+ to serve Hearth Health Supplement Space
Pharmactive’s new ABG25+ formulation is standardized to 0.25% SAC in comparison to its organic certified predecessor, which contains 0.1% SAC, effectively reducing the recommended daily dose from 250 mg to 100 mg per day. “ABG25+ was created to meet market demands for low-dosage compositions that can be easily integrated into smaller capsules,” explains Julia Diaz, head of marketing at Pharmactive. “Our leading ingredient ABG10+ continues to serve as an excellent choice both the supplement and functional food sectors.”