Definition for Dicalcium phosphate
Dicalcium phosphate, also known as calcium monohydrogen phosphate, is a dibasic calcium phosphate. It is usually found as the dihydrate, with the chemical formula of CaHPO4 • 2H2O, but it can be thermally converted to the anhydrous form. It is practically insoluble in water, with a solubility of 0.02 g per 100 mL at 25 °C. It contains about 23 percent calcium in its anyhydrous form, and is mainly used as a dietary supplement in prepared breakfast cereals, enriched flour, and noodle products. It is also used as a tableting agent in some pharmaceutical preparations. It is used as a feed for poultry.
This discussion is in response to the numerous questions from people wanting more information about DCP (Dicalcium phosphate or Dibasic Calcium Phosphate). Our position appears to be contrary to the majority of manufacturers and distributors of nutritional products. our decision is based on research and years of experience watching results of dietary supplement intake on hair mineral analysis reports. The Origin of DCP Mined from deposits within the earth's crust, calcium phosphate is known by many synonyms such as "lime," "hardware lime," "calcium lime" or "dolomite." Mixed samples of the substance may have a high percentage of impurities imbedded in them which may be harmful. For instance, one of the compounds found in DCP may be lead. Dolomite, in particular, has been singled out as containing a high percentage of lead. While we refer to DCP as Dicalcium phosphate, the term is used broadly to include all forms of calcium phosphate. Some deposits may be slightly higher proportionately as regards to particular ingredients. Whatever the differences, all are considered forms of calcium phosphate and act metabolically in a similar manner.