UniK2, a natural vitamin K2 MK-7, from Frutarom Health, Switzerland, is now self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognised as Safe), based on a critical evaluation and acceptance of a qualified, independent scientific panel. It can now be utilised as a food ingredient for dairy products, soy milk, fruit drinks and sport drinks, as well as baked and bar products, such as quick breads, muffins and nutritional bars.
“A comprehensive evaluation of research and toxicology studies was completed to ensure that UniK2 meets the highest standards related to the self-affirmed GRAS determination,” explains Wouter Haazen, product manager, Frutarom Health. “We're extremely pleased that functional food and beverage manufacturers can now incorporate UniK2 into their products. This important achievement allows us to service functional food and beverage markets worldwide.”
According to a press release issued on Monday by the company, UniK2 that comes from natto-derived Bacillus subtilis, is one of the richest natural sources of Vitamin K2. UniK2 provides Vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 (MK-7), the most bioavailable and bioactive form of Vitamin K. The high bioactivity of MK-7 (“7” describes the chain length) is predominantly due to a significantly longer half-life in the blood, which makes it the most important form of Vitamin K with activity outside the liver. The sustainable manner in which UniK2 is produced utilises ecological principles by recycling nearly 100% of the waste, for the production of other materials or to generate thermal energy.
UniK2 is highly suitable for functional foods, meeting food processing demands including high temperature stability, dispensability and other common manufacturing processes. The low recommended dosage per serving makes UniK2 a cost-effective and appealing ingredient for the functional food and beverage market, says the release.