October 2017

Draco Announces Strategic Partnership with Givaudan

Draco Natural Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative bioactive natural ingredients headquartered here in San Jose, CA, announces the formation of a strategic partnership with Swiss flavor giant Givaudan for the development of a new proprietary line of bioactive botanical ingredients.

Draco specializes in the manufacture of full spectrum standardized extract ingredients made from herbs, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms, and is well known for its expertise in creating formulas using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with modern science.  Its innovative ingredients are popular in products ranging from dietary supplements and functional foods and beverages to skin and hair care.  Started in France in 1895 as a perfumery, Givaudan is the world’s largest flavor and Fragrance Company, with $4.7B in sales and over 10,000 employees worldwide.

Under the new strategic partnership, the two companies will jointly work on research and development of the new proprietary product line. It will develop functional botanical ingredients featuring TCM principles.  These unique ingredients will primarily be used for producing topical products to improve and enhance skin and hair health.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” said Jerry Wu, President and CEO of Draco. “Givaudan is a top notch company with a long history of innovating in fragrances and cosmetics, and our combined expertise will allow us to bring natural solutions for customers’ brands.” Laurent Bourdeau, Head of Givaudan’s Active Beauty business adds; “With this strategic partnership, we will introduce to the market unique products that have been designed using natural extracts, that follow the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, and that use all the knowledge of modern science.  It is a very exciting moment for us as it opens a new world of possibilities”.

Givaudan is the global leader in the creation of flavors and fragrances. In close collaboration with food, beverage, consumer product and fragrance partners, Givaudan develops tastes and scents that delight consumers the world over. With a passion to understand consumers’ preferences and a relentless drive to innovate, Givaudan is at the forefront of creating flavours and fragrances that ‘engage your senses’. The Company achieved sales of CHF 4.7 billion in 2016. Headquartered in Switzerland with local presence in over 95 locations, the Company has more than 10,000 employees worldwide. Givaudan invites you to discover more at www.givaudan.com.

Draco Natural Products, Inc. produces a full line of Botanical extract ingredients and formulas, including the industry’s only Full Spectrum Standardized Herbal Extracts™, Action Synergized Formulas™, Vital Spectrum™ Ratio Based Herbal Extracts, Draco BioVitality Fruit & Vegetable Extracts, and Vital Treasures™ Bioactive Botanical Ingredients for “Inside & Out” cosmetics and personal care applications. All extracts are produced in a Food GMP and ISO9001 certified facility, and can be organic certified to either EU or NOP standards.  All extracts undergo rigorous in-house analytical testing and are certified to meet customer specifications.

Oyster Mushroom Extract & Strawberry Extract

Oyster Mushroom Extract Has Powerful Health and Immune Benefits


by Brien Quirk

Director of R & D


  • Potent appetite suppressant

  • Immune boosting effect in elite athletes

  • Antioxidant-antiaging

  • Cardio support

Oyster mushroom is a tasty and unique mushroom that is becoming better known to consumers due to its mild oyster taste and delicate texture. It is unique among mushrooms for having particularly strong cholesterol and triglyceride lowering effects, among other very important health benefits. Oyster mushrooms are of the genus Pleurotus, and commonly known as abalone.

The main species of Oyster Mushroom, Ostreatus pleurotus, is the one most often used medicinally and in cuisine. The large, whitish fruiting body grows on wood in shelf-like growths with wild fruiting bodies that form in the fall and winter in North America, and can appear in pale blue and pink colors.  The mushroom has many bioactive health benefits related to cardiovascular health, including potent cholesterol and lipid lowering effects, anti-diabetic/blood sugar lowering effects, liver health benefits, and anti-inflammatory effects.

Feeding a 5% mushroom powder to rats with high blood cholesterol levels reduced their plasma total cholesterol by 28%, LDL-cholesterol by an amazing 55%, and triglycerides by roughly 34%. This effect is related to decreased absorption and synthesis of cholesterol, and an increase in cholesterol breakdown and excretion.

A diet with 4% oyster mushroom significantly lowered blood sugar in diabetic rats. In diabetic patients oyster mushroom significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure and lowered plasma glucose, total cholesterol and triglycerides with no change in HDL.

Oyster mushroom contains a potent appetite-reducing bioactive compound, a lectin known as POL. Food intake-suppressing activity of POL was dependent on the dose and a diet containing 0.1% POL resulted in a 50% decrease in the food intake of rats against the control.

Oyster mushroom extract has potent immune benefits. In 20 elite athletes engaged in strenuous exercise and given 100 mg of β-glucan derived from oyster mushroom, there was no loss in natural killer cell activity which would otherwise occur. The placebo group had a 28% drop (Bobovcak). In another double blind study the polysaccharide from oyster mushroom reduced upper respiratory tract infections in 50 athletes under heavy physical training.

Through antioxidant activity, oyster mushroom has an anti-aging effect and they elevated the levels of several internal antioxidants in aged rats to levels typically found in young rats.

Oyster mushroom contains a host of health promoting bioactive compounds: monacolins (same as in red yeast rice), lipids, sterols, lipophilic vitamins, B vitamins, mono-, oligo- and polysaccharides, amino acids, peptides, and some enzymes.

Draco supplies a pleasant tasting full spectrum, water soluble, extract of Oyster Mushroom standardized to 10% polysaccharides for your functional food, beverage, and supplement formulating needs.


Strawberry Extract

Anti-aging Bioactive with UV-A Protection


  • UV-A radiation induces lesions in DNA

  • Generates free radicals

  • Photoprotective activity in human dermal fibroblasts exposed to UV-A radiation

  • Increases cellular viability and diminishes DNA damage

  • Strawberry polyphenols are strong antioxidants

  • Anti-inflammatory


Aging of the skin is accelerated by exposure to UV-A from the sun. Although the UV-B portion causes sunburn and dry or leathery skin, it is not the part of the UV spectrum known to cause DNA damage.

The UV-A part of sunlight has a more insidious effect by not burning the skin or causing visible redness but rather has the ability to cause DNA damage. UV-A is used in tanning salons at higher concentrations since it is less likely to burn the skin, and UV-A can easily travel through glass, whereas UV-B does not.

Exposure to UV-A radiation causes lesions in DNA and generates free radicals that lead to an increased aging rate of the skin, and skin cancer.

Strawberry polyphenols and anthocyanins have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that protect human dermal fibroblasts against UV-A radiation.

A placebo controlled study found that strawberry extract had good photo-protective activity in fibroblasts derived from human cell lines exposed to UV-A radiation by increasing cellular viability and reducing DNA damage (Giampieri).

Although UV sunblock agents might block part of UV-A it does nothing to provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection to the skin.

Make sure your latest cosmetic formulation or sun screen contains the benefits of strawberry extract for added protection from the sun.

Draco supplies a full spectrum, water soluble, bioavailable Strawberry, 20:1 extract for all your formulating needs and can also provide a custom extract standardized to polyphenols.


Please call us today at (408) 287-7871 for pricing and availability!

References for both articles are available upon request.

Draco Natural Products
539 Parrott Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel: 408-287-7871
Fax: 408-287-8838
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Disclaimer: The contents of this document is intended as background information about botanicals as a compilation of historical, ethnobotanical, traditional uses and research studies which are widely available. No health claims are made or implied from this information, and any product use should be based on the independent evaluation of actual merits to make appropriate and accurate structure function claims. This information was compiled based on interest in the current state of research background for botanicals in general, does not necessarily imply the same effect would be found for the extract sold by Draco. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, and treat diseases in the US. Usage and claims for these products should be evaluated and used in conformance to the particular regulatory laws and statutes of countries where it is to be marketed.

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