Understanding Microcrystalline Cellulose

When most consumers see the term “cellulose”, they think plants, and rightly so. Microcrystalline cellulose is not as easily recognized, but is certainly utilized in many formations. The term “microcrystalline” refers to the minute crystals within the material that can only be viewed via microscopy. This alteration to standard cellulose allows microcrystalline cellulose, derived from high quality wood pulp, to meet the United States Pharmacopeia standards for distribution in medicines. As a white, free-flowing powder, it is easily added to most substances. How can your industry utilize Tampa chemical supplier Bell Chem’s microcrystalline cellulose? Read below for more information.

  • Most tablets and capsules contain a small amount of medicine within a medium of microcrystalline cellulose that allows the dosage to be degraded over time.
  • Many granulated or powdered substances have a tendency to clump together, making it difficult to pour or measure them. Microcrystalline cellulose acts as an anti-caking agent to prevent this action.
  • Microcrystalline cellulose can be used to replace fat in many foods since its texture and cellular structure are similar, thereby reducing the caloric intake in food.
  • As an emulsifier, microcrystalline cellulose combines two liquids that would normally separate over time, such as oil and water.
  • Because microcrystalline cellulose is inactive, it does not alter any foods or medicines upon its inclusion. Therefore, many companies use it as an excipient to add bulk to products.

With so many uses within the food and pharmacy industries, microcrystalline cellulose is certain to fulfill many needs. Call Tampa chemical supplier, Bell Chem, at (407) 339-2355 (BELL) to speak with a knowledgeable representative concerning microcrystalline cellulose or any of their other dietary and pharmaceutical products. Please browse the Bell Chem website for a list of chemicals in Bell Chem’s inventory and information on their uses.