Herbalife has been granted a patent for methods and kits to authenticate botanical DNA fragments in processed botanical products like dietary supplements. The method involves isolating DNA, ligating adapters, amplifying fragments, and detecting specific sequences to verify the presence of chamomile material. GlobalData’s report on Herbalife gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Authentication of chamomile dna fragments in dietary supplements

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Herbalife Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11873535B2) discloses a method for authenticating sterilized chamomile material in a botanical dietary supplement. The method involves isolating genomic DNA from a botanical dietary supplement containing various types of chamomile, ligating adapters to the chamomile DNA fragments, amplifying them using PCR, and detecting the chamomile DNA fragments. Species-specific primers are then used to amplify the target nucleic acid sequence, allowing for the authentication of the chamomile material. The method also includes steps for sequencing the target nucleic acid sequence, detecting botanical adulteration, and evaluating the total DNA after amplification.

Furthermore, the patent describes a method for authenticating a processed botanical dietary supplement, involving similar steps of isolating genomic DNA, ligating adapters, amplifying DNA fragments, and detecting botanical DNA fragments. Primers are designed based on the size range of the botanical DNA fragments to amplify the target nucleic acid sequence for authentication. The processed botanical dietary supplement includes a variety of botanical materials such as chamomile, ginseng, cinnamon, ginger, and green tea. Additional steps in this method include sequencing the target nucleic acid sequence, detecting botanical adulteration, and evaluating total DNA post-amplification. The patent aims to provide a reliable and efficient way to authenticate botanical dietary supplements, ensuring the quality and purity of the products for consumers.

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