Health Benefits Of Carrageenan Supplements

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "Carrageenan"Carrageenans represent a chemical compound mainly found in red edible seaweeds and red algae. Throughout the years, these compounds have been highly used in the food industry as food additives with gelling and thickening properties. However, it is important to know that carrageenan does not represent a nutritious element and is not digestible by the human body. In other words, it works wonders as a food additive but will provide zero nutritional value. But carrageenan is found in a wide series of food aliments, even those labeled as natural or organic.


Is it safe to use?

Although further studies are yet to be conducted, there is no indication regarding potential harmful effects of carrageenan uses. However, some researchers linked the constant use of carrageenans to certain digestive problems and nausea, triggering an immune response similar to the one offered by a Salmonella infection.


On the other hand, other researches linked potential significant health benefits of carrageenans for treating numerous health affections, including bronchitis, coughing, tuberculosis, constipation, ulcer, etc. However, in this case as well further researches must be made in order to lead to sufficient evidence to prove certain health benefits for the use of carrageenan on the human body.


What about national and international administrations?


The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have labeled carrageenan as a safe food additive that can be used in all sorts of food and food products without prescriptions. Moreover, there is no need for specific labeling identification as carrageenan has not yet been discovered to trigger or boost any type of food allergy. In other words, carrageenan is safe to use as long as you feel comfortable with.


Where can carrageenans be found?


There is a wide list of foods that might include this element in their composition, amongst which – processed meats and fish products or substitutes, sugars and syrups, dairy-based products, baby formula, personal lubricants, etc.

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