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Hydrocolloid-based nutraceutical delivery systems

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Abstract

Nutraceuticals are important due to their inherent health benefits. However, utilization and consumption are limited by their poor water solubility and instability at normal processing and storage conditions. Herein, we propose an elegant and novel approach for the delivery of nutraceuticals in their active form using hydrocolloid matrices that are inexpensive and non-toxic with generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status. Iota-carrageenan and curcumin have been chosen as models of hydrocolloid and nutraceutical compounds, respectively. The iota-carrageenan network maintains a stable organization after encapsulating curcumin molecules, protects them from melting and then releases them in a sustained manner. These findings lay a strong foundation for developing value-added functional and medicinal foods.

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The article was received on 19 Dec 2011, accepted on 19 Feb 2012 and first published on 15 Mar 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2FO10281A
Citation: Food Funct., 2012,3, 503-507
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    Hydrocolloid-based nutraceutical delivery systems

    S. Janaswamy and S. R. Youngren, Food Funct., 2012, 3, 503
    DOI: 10.1039/C2FO10281A

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