Oftringen (Switzerland), May 2023 – Omya, expert in natural mineral particles, has developed excipients for powder and tablet applications that promise both efficient manufacturing and added value. Presented at Vitafoods 2023, several prototypes showcased the huge range of options for the nutraceutical industry. These innovations are based on Omyanutra® 300-OG, Omyanutra® 300 DC and Omyanutra® 300 Flash, which all offer ultra-fast dissolution qualities that are highly suited to supplements and nutraceuticals in tablet or free-flow powder form. Being highly porous yet with a hard consistency, the non-nano and GMO free particles provide ultimate absorption qualities, no dusting, ideal glidance in powders and easy compressibility in solids. Besides their extraordinary functionality, the particles are a natural source of calcium with optimal bioavailability, making the use of health claims possible.
Together with other active ingredients such as vitamins, natural flavors and fibres, all offered in the company’s complementary distribution portfolio, differentiated and effective products can be brought to market quickly. The company has developed prototypes that address current demand for environmentally friendly but multifunctional products for everday use:
Day & Night functional tooth tabs combine oral care benefits with an added health kick, thanks to the inclusion of vitamins and active ingredients. As tooth brushing usually happens early in the morning and last thing at night, these products are perfect for delivering an extra energy kick or late-night calming effect. While brushing, the supplements are absorbed through the mucosa to quickly deliver their beneficial effects. Taurine and L-theanine are combined to provide an active start to the day, while tryptophan and L-theanine support the body in winding down at the end of the day. Furthermore, the solid tabs give an authentic teeth-brushing effect thanks to the company’s mineral particles: porous Omyanutra® 300 Flash particles can carry actives and disintegrate ultra-fast, while Omyacare® S95-OG promises enamel-safe abrasivity and cleaning performance. Omyadent® 100-OG, meanwhile, delivers remineralization and whitening effects. Despite a minimalist INCI list, hydroxyapatite and calcium carbonate particles are ideal for fluoride-free products, and are environmentally friendly too: They save on water and can be packed in glass bottles or paper bags, which reduces transportation and storage costs, as well as CO2 emissions.
Another prototype making everyday life easier is Activfresh mint oil-containing lozenges produced with Omyanutra® 300 DC for instantly refreshed breath and mouthfeel, and Bone Boost Chewables, comprising a mix of Omyapure® 35 – a high-purity, natural calcium source with 40% bioavailable calcium – plus vitamins D3 and K2, which are essential for optimal calcium absorption and deposition into bones. B12 Flash ODT are red berry-flavored tablets containing Vitamin B12 which, thanks to Omyanutra® 300 Flash, orally disintegrate ultra-fast regardless of the hardness of the tablet. Finally, L-Theanine Flash ODTs with an apple and mint flavour can quickly and effectively ease anxiety, while counteracting oxidative cellular stress.
Stefan Lander, Vice President Consumer Goods, Group Sales & Marketing at Omya, says: “With our added value ingredients, manufacturers can easily stay ahead of the game and bring future-proof applications quickly to market in response to evolving consumer demand. It’s a winning mix and match strategy: Our natural and safe ingredients have proven functionality and can be combined effortlessly with all kinds of nutraceutical actives. Moreover, they are environmentally friendly and processed sustainably.”