Omya has developed excipients for powder and tablet applications that deliver both efficient manufacturing and added value. Presented at Vitafoods 2023, several prototypes showcased the 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 fast dissolution qualities that are suited to supplements and nutraceuticals in tablet or free-flow powder form. Porous with a hard consistency, the non-nano and GMO free particles provide absorption qualities, no dusting, ideal gliding 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 flavours 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 quickly, while Omyacare S95-OG promises enamel-safe abrasivity and cleaning performance. Omyadent 100-OG, meanwhile, delivers remineralisation 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, reducing transportation and storage costs, as well as CO2 emissions.
Another prototype 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 and vitamins D3 and K2, which are essential for optimal calcium absorption and deposition into bones. B12 Flash ODT are red berry-flavoured tablets containing Vitamin B12 which, thanks to Omyanutra 300 Flash, disintegrate quickly orally regardless of the hardness of the tablet. Finally, L-Theanine Flash ODTs with an apple and mint flavour can ease anxiety while counteracting oxidative cellular stress.
Stefan Lander, vice-president of consumer goods, group sales and marketing at Omya, said: “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.”