What Are The Uses Of Xanthan gum?
It is useful in:
- Lowering blood sugar level
- Total cholesterol in diabetic people
- Dry mouth condition
It has water absorbing properties, thus swells in the intestine and forms stool bulk, making defecation easy. It also prevents the absorption of sugar from digestive track, thus lowering the blood sugar level.
What Are The Side Effects Of Xanthan gum?
Xanthan gum is usually safe if taken in limited quantity.
In some cases, it can cause intestinal gas and bloating. Inhalation of xanthan gum may cause flu like symptoms, upper respiratory track irritation and lung problems.
What Are The Contraindications Of Xanthan gum?
As it is bulk forming laxative, do not use it in the following conditions.
- Hard stools
- Narrowing or blockage of the intestine
- Undiagnosed stomach pain
Stop using it before 2 weeks of surgery; it might lower blood sugar level.