Lonza Strengthens Sports Nutrition Portfolio with the Launch of Vegan MuscleGuard ™ Formulation

October 16,2019

Shane Durkee, Vice President of Platform Innovation Consumer Health & Nutrition at Lonza:

“At Lonza, we continue to push the boundaries of science-backed technologies to help brands create the cleaner, healthier and more effective products that active consumers’ demand. Our new vegan MuscleGuard™ solution showcases our science-led approach to ingredient innovation – bringing clinical evidence together with consumer trends and preferences.”

Dr. Aouatef Bellamine, Senior Scientific Manager, Lonza Consumer Health & Nutrition:

“A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial on healthy older participants for eight weeks showed a composite score of muscle mass, strength and physical activity that was statistically significant in MuscleGuard™ supplementation compared to the placebo1. In addition, individuals who received the MuscleGuard™ formulation also displayed a 1.0 kg increase in total lean muscle mass, leg lean muscle mass, and a 1.0 kg increase in lower leg strength, without diet or exercise modification.”

Morristown, NJ (USA), 16 October 2019– Lonza announces the launch of its new innovative MuscleGuard™ formulation, a unique patent-pending ingredient combination comprising a precise and clinically-studied ratio of four nutrients - Lonza’s Carnipure®L-Carnitine, Creatine and Leucine with vitamin D. The science-backed vegan MuscleGuard™ formulation delivers positive results for sports performance and recovery through statistically significant increases in muscle strength, mass and activity. Lonza will be introducing MuscleGuard™ formulation to the United States market today at SupplySide West (booth 4339).  

The MuscleGuard™ Effect

Lonza’s new MuscleGuard™ formulation comprises a unique blend of four ingredients – Carnipure® L-Carnitine, creatine and leucine with vitamin D. It was found to deliver significant muscle health benefits, including a 63% increase in muscle strength, mass and activity in a clinical study on older people to support consumers’ sports and exercise aspirations.

Lonza’s patent-pending MuscleGuard™ formulation is ideal for use by both male and female athletes and active individuals. Vegan and vegetarian, it offers nutritional support for pre-, intra- and post-workout. Convenient as a standalone sports drink mix, it can also be easily incorporated into existing sports nutrition regimes such as protein powders and shakes. This innovative patent pending formulation combines new scientifically supported results, smaller dosing and addresses demand for vegans and vegetarians. 

Shane Durkee, Vice President of Platform Innovation Consumer Health and Nutrition at Lonza, comments: “At Lonza, we continue to push the boundaries of science-backed technologies to help brands create cleaner, healthier and more effective products that active consumers’ demand. Our new vegan MuscleGuard™ solution showcases our science-led approach to ingredient innovation – bringing clinical evidence together with consumer trends and preferences.”

Science-backed Solution

“A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial on healthy older participants for eight weeks showed a composite score of muscle mass, strength and physical activity that was statistically significant in MuscleGuard™ supplementation compared to the placebo2. In addition, individuals who received the MuscleGuard™ formulation also displayed a 1.0 kg increase in total lean muscle mass, leg lean muscle mass, and a 1.0 kg increase in lower leg strength, without diet or exercise modification,” comments Dr. Aouatef Bellamine, Senior Scientific Manager, Lonza Consumer Health & Nutrition, who lead the clinical study.

Further investigation into the innovative formulation’s mechanism of action through muscle biopsies among participants showed a two-fold increase in the mTOR protein and the insulin growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which are both central to muscle protein synthesis, muscle fiber regeneration and, ultimately to strength and performance.

Visitors to SupplySide West 2019 can find out more about Lonza’s unique new vegan MuscleGuard™ formulation at booth 4339 and on Lonza.com. Lonza will also host a supplier session on Friday, October 18th 1:30-1:45pm at the Supplier Presentation Theater, booth #1266.

1Bellamine, et al. Nutr Metab. 2017

2Bellamine, et al. Nutr Metab. 2017

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