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With the global market for nutraceuticals estimated to be worth $60 billion, the Scientific Research Council (SRC) is nudging its way into this lucrative niche market, by conducting extensive research and testing Jamaican grown products that may possess dynamic properties. Roselyn Fisher, General Manager of Market Tech Limited, the marketing and business development arm of the SRC, tells JIS News that the Council has been researching various home-grown plant materials such as ginger, fever grass and rosemary to examine their active ingredients, and to explore ways of extracting these ingredients for medicinal or health purposes.
The extraction of ingredients from plants, she explains, is the very essence of the nutraceutical market. Nutraceuticals, sometimes referred to as phytochemicals or functional foods, are defined as natural, bioactive chemical compounds that have health promoting, disease preventing or medicinal properties.
“What we have done is looked at different plant materials and see how good they are as nutraceuticals,” she points out, further noting, “we have done research which has shown us that fever grass and rosemary on Jamaican plants have high levels of antioxidants, and as such, they are really high as nutraceutical products”.
Miss Fisher points out that there are two options to consider as to how the SRC can break into the nutraceutical market. “We can sell the raw materials or do the extraction.” She notes however that from a marketing standpoint, it would be easier and more financially viable if the SRC were to extract the active ingredients for sale.
Offering a rationale for extraction vis-

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