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Maltodextrin for Medicines

Maltodextrin for Medicines: The main functionalities of maltodextrin, which makes it a significant and well-suited ingredient in the pharmaceutical industry, are it acts as a diluent, a binder, a carbohydrate source, and a coating agent.


Tablet Formation:

Although maltodextrin is generally used in chewable-tablet formulations, its modified forms can also be used in tablet-coating formulations. Maltodextrin provides excellent compressibility. That is, it is used for tableting. Whether wet or dry, it is a binder and contains no hygroscopic properties for tablets, granulations, encapsulation, and coatings. The product is used in drugs for film-forming, which means it aids in producing a thin film on the tablets. Maltodextrin is used as a diluent binder in both direct-compression and wet-granulation or agglomeration processes.


Instant Energy:The body digests Maltodextrin very quickly giving fuel for our muscles; hence It is used as energy supplements in various nutraceutical applications.



It is used in pharmaceutical products to increase viscosity; it gives the tablets their shape and formation. It keeps the syrups from crystallization.



Maltodextrin is a readily soluble and digestible carbohydrate. Thus, adding it as an ingredient aids digestibility and absorption. It has been used as a carrier in a spray-dried re-dispersible oil-in-water emulsion to improve the bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs.


In conclusion, its primary purpose in food is for its functional properties such as good solubility, bulking agent adding body, binding power, non-hygroscopicity, sugar crystal growth inhibition, sprayed dry carrier, reduced browning, the thickening agent providing viscosity, freezing point control, easy to digestion and absorption by our body and a carbohydrate source with neutral or slight sweetness. Maltodextrin is used as an ingredient in capsules in the pharma industry, as it neither adds nor reduces the value of the medicinal content while stabilizing the drugs. It is used in tableting pharmaceutical compounds, such as in roller compaction. Fruit and vegetable juice concentrates are spray dried onto maltodextrin to create powdered forms. In molecular gastronomy, oils are often mixed with maltodextrin to create powdered versions with no additional flavoring.

Many consumers wonder if maltodextrin is safe to use in the pharmaceutical industry. Well, the answer is- Yes, it is. The safety used as a food additive has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), as well as other authorities.


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