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Carrageenan

Carrageenan

Carrageenan
Carrageenan is a naturally occurring polysaccharide extracted from red seaweed.
Carrageenan has three types, Iota, Kappa, and Lambda. Iota Carrageenan forms flexible and elastic gel; Kappa Carrageenan forms strong and brittle gel; Lambda Carrageenan creates viscosity.
Carrageenan are water-soluble polymers that become adhesive to mucous membranes on hydration.
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Carrageenan
Carrageenan
Primary function
Mucoadhesive polymer
Benefits / Claims
Kappa carrageenan is the most suited grade due its high molecular weight. This provides a high density of hydrogen bonding groups that will interact strongly with mucin glycoproteins.
Suitable for
Cream/ Emulsion
Buccal
Oral Suspensions
Oral Solutions
Gel
Modified Release

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