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Microcrystalline Cellulose

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CAS ID

9004-34-6

IUPAC Name

Microcrystalline Cellulose

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CAS ID

9004-34-6

IUPAC Name

Microcrystalline Cellulose

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Description

Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) is a refined wood pulp or plant fiber processed to form a fine powder. It is widely used as an excipient in the pharmaceutical and food industries as a bulking agent, binder, and disintegrant. MCC is also used in cosmetics, detergents, and other industrial applications.

Microcrystalline cellulose is produced by treating natural cellulose fibers with acid and milling them into a fine powder. The resulting product is a white, odorless, and tasteless powder insoluble in water. MCC is known for its high compressibility, which makes it an ideal ingredient for tablet formulations.

Microcrystalline cellulose is a safe and non-toxic substance that regulatory agencies worldwide have approved for use in food and pharmaceutical products. It is also considered environmentally friendly, derived from renewable sources, and biodegradable.

In addition to its use as an excipient, Microcrystalline cellulose has also been studied for its potential health benefits. Some studies have suggested that MCC may have prebiotic effects, helping to improve the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Other research has indicated that MCC may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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