Product innovation

Enzymes for health and nutrition

27 November 2013

Producer of enzymes by solid state fermentation (SST), Lyven has developed a range for the “Health & Nutrition” sector that is both specialised and effective, with three fields of application: plant extraction, the modification of proteins and aromatics.


100% natural plant extraction

Naturalness is a basic trend in the market, over the last five or ten years the use of plant extracts has exploded. The principle is to use one or more of a plant’s components, such as chlorophyll from spinach, for example, with a view to a newly developed use. To do so, there are three distinct methods of extraction: by means of an aqueous solution, or a chemical solvent (acetone, methylene chloride, alcohol, hexane), or enzymes.

The last method, which is entirely natural, is one of the areas in which Lyven is involved. By means of a range of enzymes facilitating extraction, we produce custom solutions on request from our extractor customers for a given substrate (for example tomato) in order to improve their yields and reduce their costs. So it is possible to cover three broad types of application for plant extracts: foodstuffs (colourings, antioxidants), cosmetics (anti-ageing reagents, skin protection, tanning preparations) and nutraceuticals (tanning, digestion, wellbeing), a market that is highly developed, especially in the United States and Asia.


Modification of proteins and Aromatics

There are two other areas in the range for the “Health & Nutrition” sector: modification of proteins and aromatics.

To handle the chains of amino-acids that are found in plant and animal proteins, enzymes act as scissors by separating hydrolysed proteins (or peptides), used in the fermentation (probiotics, lactic ferments), biopharmacy and cell culture industries. Lyven tailors its offering in accordance with the different origins of the proteins (plants, eggs, milk, etc.) and with its customers’ manufacturing processes.

Enzymes are also used to produce aromatic extracts, such as marine extracts, for example from the shells of crustaceans. On each occasion, Lyven develops its enzymes to adapt to its customers’ raw materials and their manufacturing constraints, which provides an attractive economic solution.

Our approach

Right from the outset, the Soufflet Group developed itself in the wheat and barley industries by broadening the scope of its activities and acquiring more in-depth expertise from collection to transformation. Controlling all aspects of the production chain, in order to serve all its stakeholders, has always been our culture.