has been working on bilberry extract since the early seventies. Along the years our
company has strived for quality and today its standardized extract is the
point of reference for the market. Here Indena retraces the history of a big
research, production and market success.
- 1970: Indena initiates its research into a standardized bilberry
extract, first named Myrtocyan® "Bilberry 25% dry extract".
- 1976: Indena registers a medicinal specialty that soon becomes the
world's best-selling OTC bilberry product.
- 1980: Indena's product enters the dietary supplements market under the Mirtoselect®
brand name and becomes the reference bilberry extract.
- 2004: a new dedicated state-of-the-art production facility for
Mirtoselect® is inaugurated at Indena's Settala site. It processes up to
26.000kg of bilberries a day, and has an annual production capacity of
more than 45 tons of extract.
- 2005: Indena updates an analythical method, already used
for the release of it’s first registered product in Italy(1).
This new valitated
HPLC method for bilberry quantifies all the anthocyanins present
in both plant material and in extracts and is able to detect anthocyanins
extracts produced from different plant materials (raspberry, blackberry,
black currant, elder-berry, etc.). This method represents a standard
reference for the main pharmacopeias.
- 2006: Indena files a new
logo that guarantees the consistency and quality of Mirtoselect®.
This may also be used by Indena customers who want to reassure consumers
about the quality of the active ingredients they use.
- 2007: Indena publishes here internal bilberry extract method of analysis(2),
applicable also to bilberry extract finished products, for the benefits of the
the same year Indena underline the presence on the market of fraudulent
bilberry extracts and not properly labeled finished products(3). The new
web site is online
- 2008: Indena's efforts against adulterated bilberry extracts have been welcomed by well-known authorities and Indena actively contributes in drawing up
today available bilberry extract monographs in the European(4), Italian(5)
and USP Pharmacopoeia(6).
- Almost 50 peer-reviewed papers have been published on Indena's
standardized bilberry extract since the early seventies. They demonstrate
its quality, safety and efficacy.
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Volume 279, 25 November 1983, Pages 365-372.
2. Cassinese C, de Combarieu E, Falzoni M, Fuzzati N, Pace R, Sardone N., "New liquid chromatography method with ultraviolet detection for analysis of anthocyanins and anthocyanidins in Vaccinium myrtillus fruit dry extracts and commercial preparations", J AOAC Int. 2007 Jul-Aug;90(4):911-9.
3. C. Artaria, R. Pace, G. Maramaldi, G. Appendino., "DIFFERENT BRANDS OF BILBERRY EXTRACT - A
comparison of selected components", NUTRAfoods 2007 6(4) 13-18
4. European Pharmacopoeia 6th Edition - Supplement 6.2 – «Fresh bilberry Fruit Dry Extract Refined and
5. FU XI Ed, 1st Suppl. 2005, «Mirtillo Nero Estratto Secco Purificato e
6. USP 31–NF 26 - Second Supplement , «Powdered Bilberry Extract» (Identification and Assay)