Lipofoods SLU, introduces Curcushine microcapsules, a bioavailable microencapsulated curcumin for the beauty-from-within market.
This formulation is natural and vegan, with high solubility when dissolved in water.
It has a neutral taste and can be readily incorporated into nutricosmetics and beauty drinks.
The company will launch the product at Vitafoods Europe in Geneva on May 7-9, 2018 with applications such as beauty gummies containing Curcushine microcapsules.
Lipofoods created Curcushine microcapsules with Italian R&D company, Sphera Encapsulation, which researches and develops nano- and micro-encapsulation strategies.
The collaboration will act through a licensing agreement to market this new, highly bioavailable and water-soluble microencapsulated curcumin source.
Creating a highly soluble turmeric ingredient is challenging.
Most curcumin ingredients on the market are water-dispersible, rather than water-soluble.
Sphera overcame this challenge by developing a technology that can turn hydrophobic active ingredients into soluble microcapsules via exclusive coating materials and processing.
“Lipofoods is engaged in ongoing research into the anti-aging benefits and other health condition benefits of Curcushine microencapsulated curcumin, seeking out new markets and different food applications,” says business manager David Padro.
The aging process is driven by the lifelong accumulation of molecular damages, mainly due to Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) produced by mitochondria, as well as random errors in DNA replication.
Measurement of ROS levels is a good predictor of oxidative stress and can be used to test the anti-oxidant properties in live cells.
Curcumin has been shown to delay skin aging by protecting skin’s structures and proteins — including collagen and elastin — from oxidative and inflammatory damage.
The antioxidant properties of curcumin can reduce ROS in cells and eliminate the effects of advanced glycation species (AGEs) on the divergent regulation of gene expression of receptors.
The delivery system transforms the curcumin into a highly bioavailable formulation using a completely natural encapsulant matrix that protects and embeds the curcumin.
The increased bioavailability of Curcushine microcapsules can be attributed to the solubility in water due to the small dimension of the particles.
The solubility characteristic also allows easy incorporation of the product into all varieties of nutricosmetics and beauty drinks.
The formulation is gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and kosher- and halal-certified.