Currently, the Russian market mainly has expensive foreign-made inulin. Nina Diyakova, Associate Professor of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Engineering of the Faculty of Pharmaceutics, suggested a quick and cheap method of inulin production. Her research project called “Innovative technology of obtaining inulin from plant sources” will significantly optimise the process of inulin production and compete with foreign manufacturers.
“The existing patented technologies of obtaining inulin have low product yield and require long preparation. It was established that extracting biologically active substances from plants with 19–44 kHz ultrasound is several times more effective. As compared to existing technologies of obtaining inulin, the suggested methods allow shortening the production process from 3–5 days to 4–5 hours and, at the same time, increasing inulin yield,” said Nina Diyakova.
In addition to fast and cheap production, this innovative approach will also allow producing inulin on an industrial and nationwide scale while reducing the production cost of the final product by 64%.
Due to its moisturising and prebiotic effect, inulin is used in many medicinal products as well as in cosmetology for the production of creams, shower gels, shampoos and conditioners, antiperspirants, facial masks and serums, and cosmetic products for children. Inulin is a widely used sugar substitute for diabetics, and it can also be used as a fat substitute for low-calorie confectionery and dairy products.
Future possibilities of the project of Voronezh colleagues were mentioned by Marina Ogai, Professor of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology with the course of medical biotechnologies of the Рyatigorsk Medical Pharmaceutical Institute (branch of the Volgograd Medical State University of the Ministry of Health Care of Russia).
“The main problem solved by this method is the ability to obtain competitively pure inulin locally. That is why Nina Diyakova’s project is definitely very promising and socially relevant. Among the important advantages of the suggested technology are availability of inulin’s plant sources, a reduction in the production cost of the final product, and a quicker production process. I am sure that the inulin obtained by the suggested method will be in demand on the market for cosmetic, medicinal, and food products.”