By: Talking Nutrition Editors
The recognition by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of the safety and bioavailability of calcidiol – or calcifediol – for the intended use is an important milestone in the authorization of DSM’s ampli-D® product for sale across the European Union. EFSA recognized the more efficient absorption of calcidiol compared to regular vitamin D3 to increase the level of vitamin D in the blood and hence improve the vitamin D status of an individual.
The positive EFSA opinion confirms the safe use of calcidiol in food supplements for children above 11 years old and for the adult population including pregnant and lactating women2. The future inclusion of calcidiol on the Union list of novel foods for use in food supplements will take DSM a step closer to supporting its customers as an end-to-end partner in vitamin D innovation.
DSM’s ampli-D® is already approved for use in food supplements in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. The European Commission must now provide the final authorization and, once this is received, ampli-D® will be launched in Europe too where it will be commercially available as a market-ready solution. The future authorization will include a five-year data protection for the proprietary ingredient.
Few foods naturally provide the required intake of vitamin D. Up to 90% of vitamin D in the body is produced when our skin is exposed to sunlight. However, in winter especially, many people spend a lot of time indoors and this makes it difficult to achieve the optimal vitamin D status. Other factors that limit vitamin D production in the body include age, sun protection and darker skin tones. It is now estimated that 88% of individuals globally have sub-optimal vitamin D levels (<75 nmol/L)3.
With fortified foods and regular dietary supplements, it can take months to build up vitamin D levels. As a bioavailable active form of vitamin D, ampli-D® can quickly tackle low vitamin D status – achieving optimal levels in the body in a matter of weeks, or even days.
Vitamin D is well-known for its role in bone and muscle health as well as for the maintenance of a normal immune system. 62% of consumers worldwide already associate vitamin D with ‘boosting’ immunity4 and a growing bank of scientific evidence also shows that vitamin D could reduce the risk of acute respiratory infections. In today’s environment, immune health remains a top worry for consumers of all ages and 65% of global consumers state that it is currently a concern5. The launch of ampli-D® further strengthens the position of DSM as an innovation partner, supporting its customers from concept to consumer in the creation of purpose-led food, beverage and dietary supplement products targeting a variety of trending health concerns.