Innovative textile finish with immunity-boosting properties

Innovative textile finish with immunity-boosting properties

Devan adds new blend to R-Vital

The Belgium-based developer of speciality chemicals for textiles has launched an innovative textile finish with immunity-boosting properties

August 2020

Devan, a Belgium-based developer of speciality chemicals for textiles, has announced that the company is launching a new blend in addition to its R-Vital range of active ingredients. The new ‘multivitamin’ blend consist of vitamin C, vitamin E and ginger and is developed for immunity-boosting properties.

“Covid-19 makes us feel more concerned than usual about staying strong and healthy,” said Devan CEO Sven Ghyselinck.

“Scientists discovered SARS-CoV-2 in late 2019, but most of our immune systems had never heard of the virus. While we wait for a vaccine, we need to rely on our bodies to fight off the virus and build up our line of defence. A balanced immune system is crucial and depends on how healthy we are, both mentally and physically,” he added.

R-Vital is a fabric treatment that enables textile manufacturers to boost their textiles with a range of microencapsulated active ingredients. The technology was first launched at Heimtextil in 2018 with active ingredients including Q10, thyme oil, aloe vera, and more. The fabric treatment is based on microencapsulation. Active ingredients are encapsulated and applied to the fabric. The treated textiles touch our skin and the friction causes the microcapsules to break. Then, the active ingredients are absorbed by our skin and transported throughout the body.

Since its launch in 2018, Devan has continuously added new ingredients such as CBD, avocado and echinacea. The new multivitamin blend launched in response to the Covid-19 pandemic contains vitamin C, vitamin E and ginger and is designed for immunity-boosting properties.

A recent study found that dietary supplements such as vitamin C are effective in helping the immune system fight off Covid-19. The research was carried out by Adrian Gombart of Oregon State University‘s (OSU) Linus Pauling Institute and collaborators at the University of Southampton (UK), the University of Otago (New Zealand) and University Medical Center (The Netherlands), and findings have been published in the journal Nutrients.

“Vitamin C has roles in several aspects of immunity, including the growth and function of immune cells and antibody production,” said Adrian Gombart, professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the OSU College of Science and a principal investigator at the Linus Pauling Institute.

“Vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure. Vitamin E is an antioxidant as well, and may help protect your cells from damage. We also included ginger in the blend because it’s known for its anti-inflammatory properties,” said Marleen van der Auwera, business unit manager.

“We have also learned from the lockdown that consumers increasingly invest in health & wellness- related textile products,” Ghyselinck said. “Brands who are into smart digital marketing, have shown that these products can generate successful and profitable business,” he added.

Headquartered in Belgium and with offices in the UK, Portugal and the US,

Devan Chemicals was founded in 1977 and has a strong focus on innovation, research & development and sustainability. It is a leading innovator in the fields of protection (flame retardants), performance (odour control & stain release), thermoregulation (PCM’s and cooling technologies such as Moov & Cool), health & wellness (aromatherapy, R-Vital and allergen control) and fibres and yarns (functional masterbatch technologies).  

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