Wacker Promotes “Highly Bioavailable” Curcumin at SSW

The company says that its ingredient, Cavamax W8 curcumin, exhibits enhanced solubility-and subsequently, it says, bioavailability-thanks to cyclodextrin technology.

At the recent SupplySide West trade show, ingredient firm Wacker (Adrian, MI) showcased what it says is a highly bioavailable curcumin ingredient for the nutritional supplement industry.

The company says that its ingredient, Cavamax W8 curcumin, exhibits enhanced solubility-and subsequently, it says, bioavailability-thanks to cyclodextrin technology.

In press materials, the company explains the technology’s benefits as such:

“Because curcumin exhibits highly hydrophobic properties, it is barely absorbed into the bloodstream. Conversely, there is far greater absorption of hydrophilic (‘water-friendly’) compounds. This is where gamma-cyclodextrin from Wacker comes into play. The inner surface of this donut-shaped molecule is hydrophobic, whereas the outer surface is hydrophilic. The fat-soluble curcumin slips into the core of the gamma-cyclodextrin. The latter’s hydrophilic surface boosts within the human body the bioavailability and the solubility of curcumin, which on its own has poor water-solubility.”

The company adds that the free-flowing powder can be incorporated in tablets, capsules, or nutrition bars. It adds that the cyclodextrin is bioengineered from starch and is hypoallergenic, purely vegetarian grade, and contains only renewable raw materials.

At SupplySide West, the company also promoted the benefits of cyclodextrin technology for other functional food additives. It says that cyclodextrins can also mask the taste and smell of functional additives and protect sensitive substances against external influences or stabilize those substances.