DSM Nutritional Products has launched a new lutein beadlet - Lutein 5% CWS/S-TG - to expand its animal-free ingredients portfolio for the food and dietary supplement market.
DSM’s strategy is to react to market needs and consumer requirements for animal-free ingredients.
DSM’s portfolio already consists of animal-free product forms of beta-carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin D3, ALL-Q (coenzyme Q10) and OPTISHARP (zeaxanthin).
Lutein 5% CWS/S-TG combines a cold water soluble form for the fortification of effervescent tablets, food and beverage products with the tablet grade form suitable for a range of tablet applications.
Lutein 5% CWS/S-TG delivers excellent stability and handling properties and contains no ingredient of animal origin.
Food and supplement products can be simply and effectively fortified with DSM`s lutein.
Lutein is a carotenoid found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and it is an important antioxidant and filter of damaging blue light.
In humans, lutein from food or supplements is deposited in the centre of the eye, in the macula lutea of the retina (‘yellow spot’).
Lutein protects the sensitive cells in the retina by its antioxidant and blue-light filtering properties.
Several studies have shown a positive relationship between consumption of lutein and a lower incidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts, the leading causes for acquired blindness in the world.