Lipofoods SLU will introduce Curcushine microcapsules, a highly bioavailable microencapsulated curcumin for the beauty-from-within market. The 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.
Lipofoods created Curcushine microcapsules in collaboration with the Italian R&D company, Sphera Encapsulation S.R.L. Sphera is dedicated to the research and development of 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 was able to overcome this challenge by developing an innovative technology that can turn hydrophobic active ingredients into soluble microcapsules via exclusive coating materials and processing.
“Sphera’s proprietary technology is key to fulfilling the increased demand for better-for-you products in new delivery systems,” said Gianni Zoccatelli, CEO of Sphera. “We are excited to partner with Lipofoods, a company committed to the development of innovative botanical solutions.”
“Partnering with Sphera is a strategic move that opens new opportunities for Lipofoods to launch advanced botanical formulations that have a cutting-edge advantage,” declared David Padro, business manager of Lipofoods. “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.”
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 antioxidant 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 innovative 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 superior solubility in water due to the small dimension of the particles. The high 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.
“Curcushine microcapsules provides anti-aging benefits and is suitable for multiple nutraceutical applications,” explained Isabel Gomez, marketing manager of Lipofoods. “We plan to showcase beauty gummies containing Curcushine microcapsules in our booth at Vitafoods and we will also perform live demos to demonstrate the product´s high solubility.”