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BCAA, or branched-chain amino acids, are three of the nine essential amino acids required by the human body, known as leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Found in protein-rich foods including meat, eggs, dairy products and legumes, they are often used for medical and health reasons and as dietary supplements.

Calcium Citrate

Calcium citrate is derived from citric acid. In foods, calcium citrate adds flavor and preservative qualities to foods, in addition to increasing calcium levels. More easily absorbed than calcium carbonate, calcium citrate is often used in dietary calcium supplements.

Food-Grade Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. In addition to increasing nutritional value, they are also used to improve the taste and texture of foods and beverages.


This amino acid helps the body build protein and is found naturally occurring in many protein rich foods, including fish, poultry, red meat, nuts, beans and dairy products. As an additive, it is used in the biosynthesis of proteins.


Carnitine is derived from an amino acid that is found naturally in animal products such as meat, fish, poultry and milk. It supports energy production and removes waste products from cells. It is used for nutritional supplementation in food and in animal feed.


This amino acid is a building block of protein. Used widely in commercial baking, it softens and relaxes gluten in dough, leads to reduced mixing and fermentation times and contributes to easier dough handling.

L-Cysteine HCl

This amino acid is a building block of protein. Used widely in commercial baking, it softens and relaxes gluten in dough, leads to reduced mixing and fermentation times and contributes to easier dough handling.


Glutamine is an amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins. It serves many roles in the body, from building protein to supporting the gastrointestinal system. As an additive, it is used in health foods and pharmaceuticals.


Leucine is one of three branch-chain amino acids and a building block of protein. As an additive, it is used in dietary supplements, health foods and pharmaceuticals.


L-Tyrosine is an amino acid and a building block of protein. It is used as a food additive and in dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals.

Potassium Benzoate

Potassium benzoate acts as a preservative, extending the shelf life food and personal care products by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, yeast and mold growth. It can be found in foods including sodas and flavored drinks; candies and baked goods; processed salad dressings, condiments, pickles and olives; processed meats; and in vitamin and mineral supplements.

Potassium Carbonate

Potassium carbonate is a salt compound is used in food production to enhance flavors and stabilize colors. Its lends its alkalinity to a variety of products, including alkalized (or Dutch processed) cocoa, to reduce acidity in wine, and to reduce bitterness and regulate fat content in foods.

Potassium Citrate (also known as Tripotassium Citrate)

Potassium citrate has many uses in a variety of food and pharmaceutical applications. In food, it serves as a flavoring agent, an emulsifier and preservative, while reducing the acidity of foods and drink. It is found in cheeses, processed fruits and vegetables (including canned, bottled and frozen), jams and jellies, cereals, meat preparations and cheeses. It is also used in reduced-sodium foods.

Potassium Lactate

With its antimicrobial effects, potassium lactate is used as a preservative in foods such as cooked and cured meat and poultry. With its high water holding capacity, it also helps retain moisture in foods. It is often used as a sodium replacement in foods where a lower sodium content is required.

Potassium Lactate Blends

Potassium lactate is available in a variety of blends based on desired outcomes on pH levels, sodium levels and preservative qualities. They are also useful when cleaner labels are desired.

Salt Substitutes

Salt substitutes, such as potassium chloride, are designed to reduce the sodium content of foods and beverages while maintaining the desired flavor profile when a low sodium product is desired.


Sorbitol is found naturally in fruits, including berries, peaches, apples, avocados and other fruits. Used as a low-calorie sweetener, sorbitol is produced commercially and used to reduce calories in foods such as baked goods, hard candies, snack bars, desserts, diabetic foods and other sweet foods. It is also used as a humectant and a texturizer.


Stevia is a sweetener used as a no-calorie sugar substitute. Stevia sweeteners are up to 350 times sweeter than sugar, so only small amounts are needed to sweeten foods and drinks. Stevia sweeteners are derived from the leaves of the stevia plant, which is native to South America. Sweeteners made from stevia do not affect blood glucose or insulin levels negatively, and its natural plant-based origins make it a popular sugar substitute.


Taurine is an amino acid naturally occurring in a variety of food items, including eggs, dairy, seafood and meat. It is used in supplements, pharmaceuticals, enhanced water beverages, and in pet foods.

Tripotasium Citrate

Tripotassium citrate monohydrate is the common tribasic potassium salt of citric acid, also known as potassium citrate. Tripotassium citrate is used in foods, beverages, and technical applications as buffering, sequestering or emulsifying agent. It usually replaces trisodium citrate whenever a low sodium content is desired. In pharmaceuticals it is used as potassium source and as active ingredient to treat urinary duct stones. When added to oral care products, tripotassium citrate is the active ingredient to reduce the sensitivity of the teeth.


Vitamins, both fat soluble and water soluble, are essential to growth and health. They are often added to foods to fortify their nutritional value or replace nutrients lost during processing. With antioxidant properties, some vitamins can also be useful in food processing as a preservative.


Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in fruits and vegetables and is commercially produced using birch bark and corn cob. It is commonly used as a low-calorie sweetener. Xylitol is recognized as beneficial to oral health because it inhibits the growth of oral bacteria, thereby reducing the risk of cavities, and is often used in the production of chewing gum, breath mints, toothpaste and mouthwash, as well as chewable multivitamins, candies and pharmaceuticals.