InterHealth’s Unique Zychrome Chromium Now GRAS Affirmed

July 12, 2012

In a published journal study in June, Zychrome was shown to be twice as effective as chromium picolinate in improving insulin function,

Zychrome, a patent-pending chromium dinicocysteinate ingredient that its maker InterHealth (Benicia, CA) calls the “next generation chromium,” has been self-affirmed GRAS and can now be used in both food and beverages. Noted safety and regulatory compliance consulting firm Burdock Group (Orlando, FL) conducted the GRAS determination.

“GRAS status for food and beverages opens the door for Zychrome to be included in a wide array of products, such as dietetic cookies and low-calorie candies, meal replacements, and high-protein liquids and bars,” the company stated in a press release. The ingredient is manufactured in the United States under GMP standards.

InterHealth says it pursued GRAS affirmation following customer interest in using the ingredient in food and beverage products. “InterHealth has had great interest over the last several years from leading food companies wanting to include several of our GRAS ingredients in their products,” stated company CEO Paul Dijkstra. “Zychrome, in particular, offers manufacturers a superior form of chromium with unique claims.”

In a study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research this past June, Zychrome was shown to be twice as effective as chromium picolinate in improving insulin function, the company said.