12 August 2011

Jungbunzlauer Launches Zinc Citrate Dihydrate USP

Since 2009 Jungbunzlauer produces zinc citrate trihydrate, a high quality zinc salt for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications. However, the trihydrate form is currently not listed in any pharmacopeia, while many customers - especially in the dietary supplements industry - increasingly desire to source monographed raw materials. In order to completely fulfill these market requirements, Jungbunzlauer now additionally offers zinc citrate dihydrate. Having similar properties in terms of taste, solubility and mineral content compared to the trihydrate form, the dihydrate offers the advantage that it is monographed in USP-NF Dietary Supplements since 2010.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for zinc is 10mg in Europe and 15mg in the US. As an important trace element in the human body and a component in over 200 enzymes, zinc is involved in more enzymatic reactions than any other mineral. Accordingly, adequate zinc status is linked to many health related aspects like immune response, macronutrient metabolism, eye and bone health or cognitive function which were recently approved e.g. by EFSA in its opinion of zinc health claims.[1]

Zinc citrate is a preferred organic zinc source because of its high bioavailability, physiological compatibility and neutral taste. With its zinc content of 31%, zinc citrate can easily be incorporated even in taste sensitive products or applications that are critical in terms of product stability.

Besides its function as nutritional zinc source, zinc citrate is the preferred zinc compound in dental care products such as toothpastes, mouthwashes and chewing gums. In these applications, it displays antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects and is able to reduce or inhibit the formation of dental plaque, tartar and malodour.

Zinc citrate is part of the HealthyChoices@Jungbunzlauer portfolio.

[1] Health claims acc. to Art. 13.1 Health Claims Regulation 1924/2006 approved by European Food Safety Agency (Status June 2011) - http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/nda/ndaclaims.htm