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WACKER at SupplySide West 2014: Unveils Nature-Identical Hydroxytyrosol for Cosmetics

Published on 2014-10-10. Author : SpecialChem

MUNICH/LAS VEGAS -- At SupplySide West 2014, WACKER is premiering its nature-identical hydroxytyrosol for applications in the food and cosmetic industries.

Hydroxytyrosol is a highly effective antioxidant that is claimed to have therapeutic effects on, for example, blood pressure, joints and the immune and cardiovascular systems. Acting as a free-radical scavenger, hydroxytyrosol can also reduce skin aging and dark pigmentation. With WACKER’s new patented process, it is now possible to synthesize a nature-identical substance of much greater purity, free of unwanted byproducts, and with a defined amount of active ingredient. WACKER’s HTEssence® offers an excellent price/performance ratio and is easy to process in dietary supplements, functional beverages and cosmetics. At the same time, WACKER is presenting a highly bioavailable cyclodextrin-curcumin formulation, which demonstrably increases curcumin’s bioavailability by a factor of 47 compared with conventional curcumin extract. SupplySide West 2014 is taking place in Las Vegas (USA) from October 6 to 10.

Hydroxytyrosol, a secondary plant metabolite, is considered a highly effective antioxidant. Reportedly, it strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation and improves bone and joint health. Above all, it is said to protect blood lipids from oxidative damage, an effect that prevents cardiovascular disease and lowers the risk of stroke. Additionally, hydroxytyrosol is a free radical scavenger, with an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of 4,500,000 µmolTE1 per 100 g, ten times higher than green tea and over twice as high as coenzyme Q10. In human cells, hydroxytyrosol influences the melanin pigments, so that the skin becomes lighter and dark patches disappear. It can also prevent wrinkle formation and skin aging.

Due to its diverse modes of action, hydroxytyrosol is a popular ingredient in dietary supplements and cosmetics. One drawback, until recently, was the way it was produced. In nature, hydroxytyrosol is found in olives and olive leaves and its extraction is complex and cost-intensive. But now, WACKER has developed a novel process to fully synthesize this compound. Its new product, HTEssence®, features markedly higher purity with a defined amount of active ingredient.

The controlled production process not only offers supply security, but also ensures that HTEssence® does not contain any unwanted byproducts or contaminants. As a result, HTEssence® is free of allergens and pesticides. Available as an odorless, water-soluble powder and liquid, the product is suitable for use not only in functional foods and dietary supplements, such as tablets, capsules, energy bars and functional beverages, but also in cosmetics and anti-aging products.


WACKER is one of the world-leading manufacturers of vinyl acetate/ethylene and vinyl chloride copolymers, marketed worldwide as VINNAPAS and VINNOL. These thermoplastic, plasticizer-free polymers are mainly used in construction chemicals, adhesives, nonwovens, paints and coatings, paper, carpets and textiles. With over 3,000 highly specialized and innovative products, WACKER is also one of the largest silicone manufacturers worldwide. The portfolio ranges from silicone fluids, emulsions, resins, elastomers and sealants to silanes and pyrogenic silica. These products find application in such sectors as construction, chemicals, cosmetics, textiles, automotive, paper and electronics.

Source: WACKER

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