Technology that can systematically deliver multiple and individual nutrients such as vitamin D, folate or B12, and iron into the bloodstream via the skin through tiny liposome
Your daily dose of multivitamins and iron could soon be met by applying body massage oil, a skin moisturiser or even a lip salve, instead of popping pills regularly.
In a first, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) have developed a technology that can systematically deliver multiple and individual nutrients such as vitamin D, folate or B12, and iron into the bloodstream via the skin through tiny liposome – vesicles that consist of a lipid found in soybeans and a naturally-occurring unsaturated fatty acid, and therefore free of cholesterol and ethanol.
The technology, which allows nutrients and iron in body massage oil for babies, skin moisturiser, lip balm, henna-based formulation, hair colour and multani-mitti face pack to be absorbed by the skin – has received US and Indian patents, and a second Indian patent has been filed.
“Our idea was to tackle nutrition deficiencies among women of child-bearing age and during pregnancies when there is an increased need for folic acid and iron,” said Dr Rinti Banerjee, chair and head, department of biosciences and bioengineering, IIT-B. “While oral pills are available, the overall compliance tends to be low. Multi-vitamin pills or iron supplements can’t take care of hidden deficiencies.”...Read more
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