• Derived from: plants
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈlī-ˌpās\)
  • Type: Naturally-derived

What Is Lipase?

Lipase is a naturally occurring enzyme that breaks down fats. In humans, it is produced by glands on the tongue and in the pancreas.[1]

What Does Lipase Do in Our products?

Lipase has many uses, including as a skin conditioning agent and in the synthesis of anti-inflammatory drugs, but in cleaning products it is commonly used to remove fats and oils from fibers and other objects.[2,3] It is found in lotions as well as in laundry and dish detergents.[4]

Why Puracy Uses Lipase

We use lipase because it makes fabrics clean and soft, is an antistatic agent, and is a good alternative to bleach.[7,8] The FDA has deemed the ingredient generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use.in food, and Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care and cleaning product quality standards.[9,10,11] Studies show lipase is generally not sensitizing to the skin.[12]

How Lipase Is Made

Lipases occur throughout the natural world, but microbes are the primary tool through which it is made for commercial purposes. Lipase-producing microorganisms exist in industrial wastes, vegetable oil processing factories, dairies, soil contaminated with oil, oilseeds, and even in decaying food.[5] Producing microbial lipases occurs mostly by submerging bacteria in a liquid that is continuously agitated, or via solid-state fermentation, which involves growing the microbes on a substrate. The microbes secrete the lipase, which is then purified, homogenized, and crystallized for sale.[6]

Certifications

Sources

[1] U.S. National Library of Medicine
[3] European Commission
[4] Sharma, R., Chisti, Y., Banerjee, U. "Production, purification, characterization, and applications of lipases" Biotechnology Advances 19 (2001) 627 – 662
[5] Environmental Working Group
[6] Sharma, R., Chisti, Y., Banerjee, U. "Production, purification, characterization, and applications of lipases" Biotechnology Advances 19 (2001) 627 – 662
[7] Sharma, R., Chisti, Y., Banerjee, U. "Production, purification, characterization, and applications of lipases" Biotechnology Advances 19 (2001) 627 – 662
[8] Choudhury, P., Bhunia, B. "Industrial Application of Lipase: A Review." Biopharm Journal (2015) 1:2
[9] Whole Foods Market
[10] Food and Drug Administration
[11] Whole Foods Market
[12] Greenough, R. J., Perry, C. J., and Stavnsbjerg, M., “Safety evaluation of a lipase expressed in Aspergillus oryzae.” Food and Chemical Toxicology. 1996 Feb;34(2):161-6

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