Overview

Xanthan gum is a chain of sugar building blocks made by fermenting simple sugars with a specific kind of bacteria. It is sometimes used to make medicine.

Xanthan gum is used for diabetes, constipation, dry eye, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.

In manufacturing, xanthan gum is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in foods, toothpastes, and medicines.

How does it work ?

Xanthan gum swells in the intestine, which stimulates the intestine to push stool through. It also seems to slow the absorption of sugar from the digestive tract.

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