- What other names is Algin known by?
- What is Algin?
- How does Algin work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Algin.
Algin is used to lower cholesterol levels and to reduce the amount of heavy chemicals including strontium, barium, tin, cadmium, manganese, zinc, and mercury that are taken up by the body. Algin is also used for the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure.
In foods, algin is used in candy, gelatins, puddings, condiments, relishes, processed vegetables, fish products, and imitation dairy products.
In manufacturing, algin is used as a binding agent in tablets, as a binding and soothing agent in throat lozenges, and as a film in peel-off facial masks.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Lowering cholesterol.
- Lowering blood pressure.
- Decreasing the amount of the certain heavy chemicals taken up (absorption) by the body. These chemicals include strontium, barium, tin, cadmium, manganese, and zinc.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Dried algin is LIKELY UNSAFE when inserted into the cervix to induce labor, as it has been linked with serious adverse effects. Not enough is known about the use of algin during pregnancy when taken by mouth or when used in any form during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Algin is a thick gel. Algin can stick to medications in the stomach and intestines. Taking algin at the same time as medications that you take by mouth can decrease how much medication your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction, take algin at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011