Health Functionality Research and Development


A health ingredient derived from passionfruit seeds successfully developed through Morinaga’s independent research

Passienol™ is a passion fruit seed polyphenol that Morinaga successfully developed independently through our extensive research of food ingredients. The product contains large amounts of the polyphenol piceatannol and dimer scirpusin B. Morinaga was the first to discover that the passionfruit seed is rich in piceantannol, and we were able to successfully extract it in high concentrations. We names this new extract Passienol™ to commemorate its birth in the hope that it will contribute to people’s health.


The latest research on the health functionality of cocoa, expanding from the daily dinner table to the medical workplace

It is being found that cocoa has many beneficial effects, including destroying Helicobacter pylori, alleviating sensitivity to cold, protecting against the influenza virus, and supporting intraoral hygiene.

EMR (enzymatically modified rutin)

Enhancing the action of protein when ingested together
EMR (patented by Morinaga)—a product gaining attention

EMR is a natural plant-derived polyphenol (antioxidant). It is an enzymatically modified version of rutin, which is contained in the buds of the Japanese pagoda tree, a legume that is used in Chinese herbal medicine. Rutin is a polyphenol contained in buckwheat and other plants and is gaining attention as a functional food for its antioxidative effects.

Collagen Peptide

The latest research on collagen, an important component of the body, especially skin and bone

Collagen is found in large amounts in foods such as shark fin, chicken wings, beef gristle, pigs’ feet, and jellied fish or meat broth. Gelatin is collagen that has been heated and broken down, and collagen peptide is gelatin broken down even further by enzymes.


Supporting comfortable everyday living
Research on a benifuuki, a tea ingredient rich in methyl catechin

Benifuuki is a tea that was jointly developed by the National Agriculture and Food Research Foundation and the Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science (formerly a division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) and formally named and registered in 1993. It contains very high amounts of methyl catechin, a special kind of tea catechin that is not often found in other types of tea and is characterized by its high resistance to disease and pests, meaning that only low amounts of pesticide are required for its cultivation.