Product News

Basel, 31 October 2008

Jungbunzlauer launches Zinc Citrate!

At the upcoming HiE 2008 in Paris, Zinc Citrate will be presented as the latest addition to Jungbunzlauer’s unique range of high-purity, neutral tasting organic mineral sources.

So far, the mineral salts of Jungbunzlauer comprise calcium, magnesium and potassium derived from citric or gluconic acid. Being an organic mineral source, the new product Zinc Citrate is preferred in many applications over inorganic sources because of its superior bioavailability, physiological compatibility and neutral taste.

The WHO Report 2002 estimates that one-third of the world’s population fails to reach the recommended daily intake of zinc which is 15mg per day in Europe and the US. As an important trace element in the human body and a component in over 200 enzymes, it is involved in more enzymatic reactions than any other mineral.

Zinc Citrate can be used in dental care products such as toothpastes, mouthwashes and chewing gums due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects and its ability to reduce or inhibit the formation of dental plaque and tartar.

In pharmaceuticals, Zinc Citrate fights common colds. Since adequate zinc levels are difficult to reach via the diet, zinc is increasingly used in food supplements, functional foods and beverages. Zinc Citrate can be considered for health claims targeting e.g. the immune system, skin and wound healing, joint health or normal growth.

Jungbunzlauer’s Zinc Citrate is a trihydrate with neutral taste and a mineral content of 31%. Zinc Citrate is listed in the positive list of Regulation (EC) No. 1925/2006 on food fortification and can be used as well in food supplements (Directive 2002/46/EC). Furthermore, zinc salts of citric acid are listed in Directive 2001/15/EC of the Commission on substances that may be added for specific nutritional purposes in foods for particular nutritional uses.

Zinc Citrate is part of the HealthyChoices@Jungbunzlauer portfolio.