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SynaQ® and how it works

Together with key science and supply chain partners, Quantec have applied their breakthrough understanding of bioactive whey protein synergy to develop the SynaQ® range of functional bioactive whey protein.

Building on the knowledge gained during the development and application of our flagship ingredient - IDP®, Quantec can now provide customised bioactive functional whey protein solutions under the SynaQ® brand to meet specific customer application and market needs. These ingredients are carefully processed to maximise functionality and bioavailability.

Contact Quantec for more information on how we can develop tailored SynaQ® bioactive whey protein solutions to meet your product and consumer needs


Heat treatment of milk during processing denatures bioactive whey proteins, and may significantly reduce their bioactivity and health supporting functionality.

Finished products are often marketed and promoted as containing bioactive whey proteins to support good health. However they may contain very low levels of bioactive whey proteins per dose, or have been made using manufacturing methods or processing conditions that result in very limited or no functional bioactivity.

Currently there is no effective way for consumers to differentiate between whey proteins that are “bioactive” and are provided in doses that can support positive health outcomes, with those that have been denatured by heat or are offered in low formulation dosages providing limited functionality and support for health

EQI® – Effective Quality Index

EQI® is an index based on a standardised bioactivity testing protocol. EQI® assesses the quality and quantity of bioactive milk proteins in finished products – verifying their ability to support positive health outcomes.

EQI® testing is carried out by independent accredited laboratories, and brand owners that use these labs to carry out the EQI® test on their finished products may be licensed to use the appropriate EQI® mark on their products.

The EQI® mark provides consumers with assurance that the product they are purchasing will provide functional bioactive whey proteins to support their health.

Contact Quantec today for more information on the EQI® index and our accredited lab partners


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