Synlait Milk says it has commercialised a dairy-based milk powder ingredient that is proven to enhance sleep.
The milk powder manufacturer and exporter said the product was based on milk collected from cows in the hours of darkness.
The product is named iNdream3 made for export to the South Korean market. Results from an independent clinical trial of iNdream3 had proved its efficacy as a sleep promoting ingredient, the listed company said in a statement.
Synlait Milk is listed on the NZX. Late last month shares in Synlait plunged after it missed market expectations in posting a $6.4 million first-half net loss. This morning the shares were untraded and last traded at $2.84. They are 77 cents lower than 12 months ago.
Synlait said iNdream3 is made from melatonin-rich milk collected in the hours of darkness. When milked in the dark cows naturally produced increased concentrations of melatonin in their milk.
Melatonin was a sleep-promoting hormone that played a key role in helping humans to regulate their day and night cycles, the company said.
The iNdream3 had initially been sold in South Korea by a Synlait customer since January 2015. The product, branded Sleepiz, was sold as a powder in a sachet that consumers reconstitute as a drink.
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