According to data from Japan-based nutritional supplement consulting firm Smoothlink, 1,429 FFC notifications were submitted in fiscal 2022, of which 10 were withdrawn.
This is slightly less than the 1,445 applications received in FY2021.
Of the FFCs submitted, 1,007 products contained a single functional ingredient and 412 products used multiple functional ingredients.
“Ingredients such as GABA, DHA and EPA are ranked high every year. On the other hand, GABA, polymethoxyflavone derived from black ginger, and Bacillus coagulans SANK7025816 are gaining popularity as multi-use preparations..
“In recent years, lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are often used as functional ingredients. In fiscal 2022, 20 types of LAB strains were used in 136 products. It has a wide range of benefits, including relieving tension, reducing fatigue, reducing eye and nose discomfort, and maintaining immune function. Hisaaki Kato, president of Smoothlink, said:
Additionally, health claims related to sleep, stress and skin health have increased significantly over the past two years.
On the topic of new health claims, Kato cites corosolic acid from banaba as an example.
This ingredient was known for its ability to lower fasting blood sugar levels even before companies started claiming its benefits on walking ability.
However, the latter was flagged in 2019 by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) as violating the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Act, and all related FFCs were withdrawn.
Notably, this claim seems to have seen a “rebirth” recently, possibly due to the demands associated with an aging population.
In February of this year, the pharmaceutical company Toyo Shinyaku said, “When corosolic acid extracted from banaba leaves is used in combination with light-impact daily exercise, it improves walking ability and temporarily relieves back and shoulder strain.” It has filed a health claim that it helps to reduce
The following month, the company filed another health claim that the ingredient may “reduce knee discomfort.”
“Banaba-derived corosolic acid It is thought to act on muscle cells to activate muscle protein synthesis, help maintain muscle strength and muscle mass, and eventually support physical functions such as walking.
“To date, there are 24 FFC products containing corosolic acid. In the future, we hope to see more health claims for this functional ingredient for muscle benefits. “
Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA), which regulates the FFC market, has announced it will review the methods companies use to support the science behind their products amid growing concerns over reliability. is.
Other Important Findings
Compared to data from FY2015 to FY2021, health insurance claims related to sleep quality, cognitive function, stress and immune function increased significantly, but in FY2022, coverage for categories such as fat and blood sugar levels increased significantly. My bill has decreased.
Area-specific health claims, such as swelling of the skin, bowel movements, knees, face and legs, are on the rise.
In particular, eye-specific health claims increased by nearly 10%.
The analysis showed that 56.9% of the total FFC was in supplements (tablets, capsules and powder forms), 39.4% in processed foods and beverages, and 3.7% in fresh foods including eggs and meat.
Of the processed foods, 30.9% were soft drinks and fruit or vegetable juice drinks.