OmniActive Health Technologies, Inc., a supplier of active nutritional ingredients, announced today the launch of a proprietary blend of Capsimax(TM), its capsicum, or hot red pepper, ingredient. Capsimax Plus Blend is a combination of natural ingredients including Capsimax Capsicum Fruit Extract, and has been clinically proven to increase the amount of calories burned before, during and after exercise by 12 times. Other ingredients in Capsimax Plus Blend include the thermogenic and performance-boosting agents caffeine and black pepper extract, as well as niacin (vitamin B-3), necessary for converting food into energy. The finished dietary supplement X12(TM) containing Capsimax Plus Blend can be found at GNC stores nationwide.

Capsimax Plus Blend was the subject of a recent double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled cross-over study conducted by the Biophysics Laboratory, Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma to research its effect on calorie burning in exercising individuals. Researchers found that when subjects took Capsimax Plus Blend one hour prior to exercising on a treadmill, they burned three times more calories before, three percent more calories during, and 12 times more calories for up to an hour after exercise compared to when they took a placebo. This increase in metabolic rate resulted in an average cumulative total of 278 more calories burned before, during, and after exercise compared to placebo.

"In the weight loss and athletic performance categories, products containing ingredients with no science to support their calorie-burning claims are all-too-common," stated Jayant Deshpande, Ph.D., vice president of research and development for OmniActive Health Technologies, Ltd., "OmniActive is pleased to offer manufacturers a high-quality, clinically researched ingredient like Capsimax Plus Blend to help their customers achieve their diet or weight management goals."

The weight loss and calorie-burning benefits of the active principles in hot red peppers - capsaicinoids and capsicum extracts - have been proven to be effective options for nutritional supplements aimed at regulating diet and supporting weight management programs. However, many unprotected delivery forms of capsicum have been found to cause users intense discomfort in the mouth, throat or stomach due to the pungency and natural heat-giving component of red peppers. The extract used in Capsimax Plus Blend is micro-encapsulated using OmniActive's patented OmniBead(TM) vegetarian beadletting technology, which delivers functionally effective levels of capsaicinoids while minimizing the oral and gastric irritation that unprotected capsicum can cause.

Capsimax is available in three options: Capsimax Capsicum Extract standalone; Capsimax Plus Blend for tablet and capsule applications; and Capsimax Plus Blend Multi-colored OmniBeads for capsule applications with enhanced visual appeal.

About OmniActive Health Technologies, Inc.:
OmniActive Health Technologies, Inc. (www.omniactives.com) supplies a range of proprietary active ingredients and advanced delivery platforms for ingredients used in healthcare, food, and personal care applications. The company's flagship offering is its Lutemax(R) Free Lutein & Lutemax Lutein Esters range of products — the world's first complete source of both free lutein and lutein esters for food fortification and dietary supplementation, manufactured under ISO-22000(2005) and cGMP certification. OmniActive's OmniBead vegetarian beadletting technology allows the seamless incorporation of lipophilic ingredients, such as lutein, into dry tablets and capsules.