How to Tame Recalcitrant Ingredients like Curcumin Innovative processes such as double microencapsulation can help them to overcome bioavailability and solubility challenges.
Plant-based functional ingredients behave differently than manufacturers of nutraceuticals and cosmetic products would like. Innovative processes such as double microencapsulation can help them to overcome bioavailability and solubility challenges.
Among the currently trending functional ingredients, interest in natural sources such as turmeric and its polyphenol, curcumin, has been increasing for years. The spice is not only in demand in the culinary world, but has also found great promise in both consumer and scientific applications.*1 Hewlings and Kalman reported that the reason for this is because of the medicinal properties of this rhizomatous perennial plant (Curcuma longa) from the ginger family, which have been known for thousands of years.*2 In Asian countries, turmeric has traditionally been used as a medicinal plant for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial and anticancer properties.*3–*5 This sought-after ingredient is not