February 10, 2021
Kawakawa set to drive new power drink
Wakatū Incorporation and Nelson-based beverage company Chia Sisters could benefit from a research partnership looking at the health benefits of kawakawa in drinks aimed at markets in Japan and South East Asia.
The $1.3 million project funded by the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge will be led by Dr Chris Pook at the Liggins Institute, and involves other university, crown and independent research institutes.
The project will measure whether a beverage including kawakawa and other substances can affect metabolic and immune health.
High-Value Nutrition director Joanne Todd says kawakawa shows promise due to its history of traditional use by Māori over generations and its phytochemical profile that, like other members of the family Piperaceae, is rich in biologically active compounds.
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