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Iceland’s Zymetech Produces Cod Gum for Soldiers

By Iceland Review

Icelandic marine enzyme producer Zymetech (Ensímtaekni ehf.) is developing dental care products, chewing gum, mouthwash, mouth spray and lozenges, which contain cod enzymes and are especially designed for the needs of soldiers.

“In their expeditions they aren’t always able to access clean water to cleanse their teeth,” explained CEO of Zymetech, biochemist Dr. Jón Bragi Bjarnason, to Morgunbladid.

Icelandic Cod. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Bjarnason said the idea for the dental products had come from Zymetech’s foreign partners, who work with the American and Australian Defense Ministries. They were looking into which enzymes were best-suited to clear the mouth off bacteria.

“They were working with enzymes from […] krill, which can be caught in large quantities in the Antarctic oceans,” said Bjarnason. “When they came to me—I worked on studies on krill enzymes ten years ago—I suggested using cod enzymes instead.”

“It is much more economic, because unlike krill, cod doesn’t have to be caught especially for such production. The cod enzymes are extracted from the entrails and therefore the production couldn’t be greener,” Bjarnason stated.

“The experimental round was very successful. The gum is good for chewing, which clears the mouth of bacteria and swelling,” Bjarnason added.

The gum is produced in the conventional manner and then coated with the cod enzymes and finally glazed. It contains sweeteners but no sugar.

Bjarnason expects the American and Australian Defense Ministries to start using the gum this year and then it will also become available on the public market, both in Iceland and abroad.

The other cod enzyme dental products are not as far developed in the production process. For years Zymetech has manufactured skin care products with cod enzymes.

Click here to read more about the company’s work with cod enzymes.

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