20 November 2014
Beta-carotene from natural source
Vidya Herbs offers a broad range of natural carotenoids for tablets, hard capsules, soft gel and food colouring
Vidya Herbs produces natural beta-carotene, also known as NBC, from Dunaliella salina and Blakeslea trispora fungus through fermentation. The natural beta-carotene colour range varies from bright yellow over vivid orange to reddish brown in colour. Vidya Herbs’ range of natural beta-carotene is available in:
• Micro encapsulated beadlets
• DC grade powder
• Cold water dispersible (CWD)
• Emulsion & oil suspension
Beta-carotene can, for instance, be used in capsules for sun burn protection targeted persons who are sensitive to sun, for boosting skin health and as a natural vitamin supplement.
Beta-carotene is a strongly coloured red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits. It is an organic compound and is chemically classified as a hydrocarbon and specifically as a terpenoid (isoprenoid), reflecting its derivation from isoprene units.
Carotene is the substance in carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes that colours them orange and is the most common form of carotene in plants. When used as a food colouring agent, it has the e-number 160a. In nature, beta-carotene is a precursor (inactive form) to vitamin A via the action of beta-carotene 15,15’-monooxygenase. It is deeply coloured, and as a hydrocarbon lacking functional groups, it is very lipophilic.