BSP Pharma Inc.

Shea Triterpenes & BSP Pharma: The Path to Discovery

Although shea oil and butter have been popular ingredients in foods and cosmetics for centuries, clinical research conducted over the last few years reveals that one of the components of shea oil and butter, called shea triterpenes, is one of the natural world’s greatest inflammation fighters.

BSP Pharma and its partners developed pharmaceutical standard processes for isolating and concentrating the shea triterpenes, which it subsequently patented. In its natural state, shea oil and shea butter contain approximately 6% shea triterpenes; SheaFlex70™, the active ingredient in FlexNow® with 100% SheaFlex70™, is over 70% shea triterpenes.

Initially, BSP Pharma was focused on identifying new and novel inflammation-fighting ingredients for skin care. We started with thousands of botanical materials, conducting a traditional pharmaceutical screening for bio-active substances which are natural inflammation fighters. Over time, we identified a set of botanical materials and sub components which had clinical promise. From this base of identified and isolated materials, we conducted further research.

Over the course of a series of clinical trials and investigations, BSP Pharma determined that the highly concentrated and standardized shea triterpenes, which we call SheaFlex70™, has countless applications:

  • Dermatological care
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Gastrointestinal care
  • Neurological health
  • Joint care

In 2004, BSP embarked on the process of registering our first joint care product in the US: SheaFlex70™ was one of only 7 new dietary ingredients (NDIs) approved by the FDA, in 2004. A few years later, we launched our first commercial product — FlexNow® with 100% SheaFlex70™.

Over 30 clinical trials and studies prove that FlexNow® with 100% SheaFlex70™:

  • Reduces Inflammation: Reduces inflammation by 9X
  • Retains Cartilage: Improves cartilage retention by 44%
  • Regulates Bone tissue development: Reduces bone destruction by 10%
  • Manages Pain: Alleviates pain by 45%

In the future, we will be introducing other products which make use of the patented, highly concentrated and standardized shea triterpenes, SheaFlex70™, including:

  • Viral Care (e.g., herpes)
  • Dermatological Care (e.g., psoriasis, eczema)
  • Cosmetic Care (e.g., super moisturizers)
  • Cardiovascular Care (e.g., CHD)
  • Digestive Care (e.g., IBS)

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