Carrageenan is made from parts of various red algae or seaweeds and is used for medicine.
Carrageenan is used for coughs, bronchitis, tuberculosis, and intestinal problems. The French use a form that has been changed by adding acid and high temperatures. This form is used to treat peptic ulcers, and as a bulk laxative.
Some people apply carrageenan directly to the skin for discomfort around the anus.
In manufacturing, carrageenan is used as a binder, thickening agent, and as a stabilizer in medications, foods, and toothpaste. Carrageenan is also an ingredient in weight loss products.
Carrageenan contains chemicals that may decrease stomach and intestinal secretions. Large amounts of carrageenan seem to pull water into the intestine, and this may explain why it is tried as a laxative. Carrageenan also might decrease pain and swelling (inflammation).
|Appearance||Yellowish or tan to white, coarse to fine powder that is practically
|Viscosity (1.5% solution, 75°С)||≥ 5|
|Humidity (%)||≤ 10|
|Total ash (%)||15-40|
|Сила геля (1.5%, 0.2%KCL, г/см2)||≥ 500|
|Acid-insoluble ash (%)||≤ 1|
|Arsenic (mg/kg)||≤ 3|
|Lead (mg/kg)||≤ 5|
|Mercury (mg/kg)||≤ 1|
|Cadmium (mg/kg)||≤ 2|
|Total microbial number (CFU/g)||≤ 5000|
|Yeast & mold (CFU/g)||≤ 300|
|Salmonella (CFU/g)||negative in 25 g|
|E.Coli (CFU/)g||negative in 5 g|