Blue California Begins Production of Dihydroquercetin


The new antioxidant ingredient provides opportunities for formulation in anti-inflammatory supplements and personal care products, as well as food and beverage products in need of greater stability.

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Blue California (Rancho Santa Margarita) has begun commercial production of a new dihydroquercetin ingredient, BC-DHQ, which it says offers antioxidant benefits suitable for a variety of consumer products. That includes dietary supplements, cosmetics and personal care products, and food and beverage products that may benefit from the ingredient’s stabilizing properties.

Dihydroquercetin, a bioflavonoid found in many fruits and vegetables, has a “unique molecular structure which makes it especially effective at preventing cellular damage, and even induces other antioxidant enzymes to take preventative action as well,” according to Blue California. The firm says the ingredient has also been studied for its ability to protect cells from oxidation, as well as its ability to stimulate production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Additionally, the ingredient’s antioxidant properties makes it a “potential alternative for shelf-life extension, flavor enhancement, and color stabilization for the food and beverage industry,” Blue California says.

“The availability of this water-soluble antioxidant can bring enormous benefits to dietary supplements, cosmetics, and functional beverages,” says Cecilia McCollum, executive vice president of Blue California. “BC-DHQ can offer consumers added protection against premature aging, chronic inflammation, and other health problems related to oxidative stress.”

McCollum also notes that Blue California has begun work to obtain self-affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe status for its dihydroquercetin ingredient.


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Michael Crane
Associate Editor
Nutritional Outlook Magazine

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