Naturex tackles the Oral Care market with a new microbiota-balancing natural active


Avignon, 21 February 2018. Growing awareness about dental hygiene and the rising prevalence of dental diseases are expected to boost the oral care market in the coming years. In line with personal care industry trends, consumers are increasingly seeking out natural options for their oral care needs. To address this demand, Naturex has just launched Bucovia™, a natural bio-guided fractionated active that effectively supports mouth health.

Controlling virulent microbial growth with Bucovia™

Having a healthy mouth requires the right balance of endogenous bacteria and fungi, including Candida albicans. If this balance is upset, endogenous microbiota can undergo uncontrolled overgrowth and colonization by opportunistic pathogens, responsible for gum disease and other infections. Current solutions include biocides (antiseptic or antibiotic), synthetic ingredients that wipe out both good and bad mouth bacteria and increase the virulence of Candida. Naturex’s new solution is composed of active compounds from Solidago virgaurea, a European plant containing saponins that are effective in controlling the growth of mixed fungal-bacterial biofilms. Neither a fungicide nor a bactericide, Bucovia™ regulates Candida albicans genes involved in biofilm formation and inhibits its bacterial partners. In a double-blind clinical study, Bucovia™ reduced the microbial load in supragingival and subgingival dental plaque. Candida albicans load was reduced by 98% and total bacterial load was reduced by 29%. There was a decrease of several bacteria associated with dental caries, gingivitis, adult periodontitis, localized aggressive periodontitis, and halitosis. Subjects participating in the study also experienced a longer clean feeling in the mouth.

Bucovia™ is part of the company’s extensive oral care offer which also includes Sapnov™, a gentle foaming agent with calming benefits, Enoxolone, a pure pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory from licorice, and Steviosides, a natural, non-cariogenic, low calorie sweetener from stevia.

Scientific collaboration with the University of Côte d’Azur, in Nice

To create this new natural solution, Naturex has teamed up with University Professor Isabelle Prêcheur, a dental surgery-specialized hospital practitioner. Professor Prêcheur has spent over eight years researching the effect of Solidago saponins on Candida albicans. Her knowledge has been combined with Naturex’s extensive botanical expertise to develop of a bio-guided natural active that preserves the mouth’s microbial flora.

“Daily use of synthetic solutions can disturb the mouth’s natural balance, create antibiotic resistance and also have a harmful effect on the environment. The market is in great need of a natural, earth-friendly solution. Naturex, as the global leader in plant-based natural ingredients, is in a perfect position to anticipate this market trend,” says Yohan Rolland, Global Category Manager for Naturex.

Key words: oral care, mouth health, Solidago virgaurea, Candida albicans, microbial growth, natural active

About Naturex

Naturex sources, manufactures and markets natural specialty ingredients for the food, health and cosmetic industries. As the Natural Maker, the company actively supports the global shift to natural by directly addressing key consumer expectations through an offer built on two main focus areas: My Natural Food and My Natural Selfcare. Naturex’s portfolio includes colors, antioxidants, specialty fruits & vegetables, phytoactives, and numerous other plant-based natural ingredients, designed to help its customers create healthy, authentic and effective products.

The Group’s strong commitment to sustainability, continuous innovation process, and the talent of its people are at the heart of its success.

Headquartered in Avignon, France, Naturex has experienced steadily-increasing growth throughout the last 20 years. The group posted €404.9 million in sales in 2017 and employs 1,700 people worldwide. Naturex is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B – Index: Euronext Next 150, Enternext CAC PEA-PME 150, CAC Small & Mid, CAC Small, Gaïa - Ticker: NRX - Reuters: NATU.PA - Bloomberg: NRX:FP - DR SYMBOL: NTUXY

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