Sodium alginate is a naturally occurring carbohydrate derived from brown seaweed. It is used as a thickening agent, emulsifier, and gelling agent in various food products and in some pharmaceuticals. It is also used as a medical food for various gastrointestinal disorders such as acid reflux, GERD, and other conditions.
- Sodium alginate can be used as a thickening agent, emulsifier, and gelling agent in food products, providing texture and stability.
- It can be used as a medical food to help manage symptoms of acid reflux and GERD, by forming a gel-like barrier on top of stomach contents, which helps to prevent acid from flowing back into the esophagus.
- It may also help to promote regular bowel movements and relieve constipation.
- Sodium alginate is generally considered safe when used in food products, and it is considered safe when used as a medical food.
- However, some people may experience an allergic reaction to it, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Sodium alginate may also interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners.
- People who are allergic to seaweed should avoid products containing sodium alginate.
- It should be used with caution in people with kidney disease or people who are on a low-sodium diet. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any new dietary supplement including sodium alginate.