Tropane alkaloides (TA) occur in certain plants by nature, such as henbane, datura, and belladonna. Several of these alkaloids are used as pharmaceutical substances, for example atropine. They are known for being capable of influencing the heart rate and the central nervous system, even at a low dose. Dizziness, headaches, and nausea are common symptoms.
Because of the contamination of cereal crops with henbane seeds or datura, tropane alkaloides can be found in cereal based foods. High tropane alkaloide content in cereal products can lead to lead to health impairments in people with heart problems. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) came to this conclusion in its official statement no. 035/2014 of 13. November 2013. This has led to one of our clients asking: “Does BERTRAND contain tropane alkaloides?“
Our answer is: We don’t always know
Unfortunately the analysis for tropane alkaloides isn’t a study which can be conducted as standard by raw material suppliers. However, the risk of health impairment is very slight, which the BfR also concludes. We, however, have used this inquiry as an opportunity to have our base lab analyze a product sample, and this sample did not contain any verifiable tropane alkaloides.
Analysis BERTRAND Tropane alkaloides (TA) – PDF
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