Lycored adds to natural astaxanthin range

The company’s beadlet microencapsulation techniques, used throughout its carotenoid family, are designed to enhance the stability of ingredients while minimising cross-interaction and protecting against oxidation

Lycored has expanded its range of astaxanthin products with the launch of an oleoresin as well as a microencapsulated starch beadlet, rounding out the company’s application capabilities for the antioxidant.

Created from Haematococcus pluvialis algae, the oleoresin extract is designed for soft gels, while the CWD microencapsulated starch beadlet is suitable for beverages and dry mixes.

The products expand the possibilities for astaxanthin applications, with the microencapsulation technologies enabling incorporation into tablets, hard-shell capsules, chewable tablets, gummies, nutritional bars and more.

Karin Hermoni, Head of Product and Science at Lycored, said: “Our natural, algae-derived astaxanthin formulations have been developed with quality top of mind. Between the classic soft gel and the richness of possibilities that our unique microencapsulation technologies allow, we can now offer manufacturers a hub for a wide range of finished applications with astaxanthin.”

Algae-derived astaxanthin is a carotenoid that acts as an antioxidant, balancing oxidative and inflammatory status to support cellular health, Lycored says, as well as specific health benefits such as skin and immune health.

The company’s beadlet microencapsulation techniques, used throughout its carotenoid family, are designed to enhance the stability of ingredients while minimising cross-interaction and protecting against oxidation.

Patented for synergy with other ingredients such as Lycomato, the astaxanthin products are designed to support cellular and immune health.

Zev Ziegler, Vice President of Brand & Marketing at Lycored, said: “Our unique approach to carotenoids has flourished over the years and these latest astaxanthin offerings show how our garden is growing. The new products reflect both our commitment to quality and a firm belief that our delivery systems are engineered to address a wide variety of needs, including supporting the growing demand for vegetarian and vegan products.”

The astaxanthin range is GRAS for food and beverage use and Non-GMO Project Verified, with further options including gelatin beadlets and vegetarian beadlets.

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