Functional Ingredients to Watch
Cascara is made from the dried skins of the coffee cherry that may have previously been discarded. It earns its appeal for a variety of reasons, including flavor, function and sustainability. Cascara is a natural source of caffeine and is thought to aid with insomnia, liver and digestive health.
Activated charcoal is found in products like superfood lattes, juices, ice cream and pizza. It’s ultra-absorbent and can absorb everything that hits your digestive tract, which can be very detoxifying.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps our body adapt to stressful situations by lowering our cortisol levels.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric and is recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be found in beverages with turmeric like a golden milk latte, or as an extracted ingredient in innovative beverages like ARYA, a curcumin-infused sparkling water.
Collagen supports the enhancement of hair, skin and nails, and several products featuring the ingredient are hitting the market.
Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are naturally found in coconut oil. Proponents say it helps our bodies convert energy into carbs faster because it’s easier to digest. It's prevalent in sports nutrition products, but is also being found in other types of beverages like coffee and creamers.
Reishi is rich in antioxidants, and is associated with stimulating the immune system. You can find it in products like REBBL Elixirs and Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix, but expect Reishi to be used in other beverage categories down the line.
Chaga is suggested to support GI health and improve cholesterol levels. This superfood is typically found in coffee or tea products like Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix.
Lavender supports stress relief, and the distinct floral flavor is already used in teas, lemonades and cocktails.
Elderflower has anti-inflammatory properties. It has been a popular liqueur flavor for years, but expect to see this ingredient in other beverage types like teas, juices and sparkling waters.