Ascorbyl palmitate is an ester and a fat soluble form of Vitamin C. It is widely used as an antioxidant agent in the food industry. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger. It supports immune cell activity. It is essential for the formation and maintenance of collagen. Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron and the formation of red blood cells. It maintains healthy mast cell function and supports lymphocyte formation.
Ascorbic acid and Palmitic acid are the raw materials. Ascorbyl palmitate is produced by conventional esterification process using concentrated sulphuric acid as catalyst. The esterification process involves heating, cooling, ice analysis, separation and purification.
Ascorbyl palmitate is used as nutritional antioxidant in bakery food, confectionaries etc. It is also added in cold beverages, juices, soft drinks etc.
Ascorbyl palmitate is added in lotions, sunscreens, cream, facial packs as it is a good source of Vitamin C. It nourishes skin, removes marks and blemishes and keeps skin moist and young.