Prohormone & Supplement Ingredients:

Carrageenan

Carrageenan is a natural polysaccharide (carbohydrate) extracted from algae or seaweed and is typically used as a thickening agent in place of animal-based products like gelatin. Carrageenan is a common ingredient in many foods, such as milk products like yogurt or chocolate milk. Since it's 100% vegetarian Vegetarians use carrageenan as a thickeing agent in place of products like gelatin, since it is 100% vegetarian.

There are two types of carrageenan, undegraded (food-grade) and degraded (hydrolyzed with acid). Undegraded carrageenan has been used on a huge scale in food production worldwide since the 1930s. Chemically treated, degraded carrageenan however, is a known carcinogen (cancer causing agent) and is not used or permitted in food production, but is frequently used to experimentally induce intestinal inflammation in animal studies.

The safety of carrageenan for use in foods was confirmed at the fifty-seventh meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO in June 200l. The JECFA recommended an ADI of 'not specified', the most favorable ADI a food additive can get. The JECFA review was based on extensive studies, some of which were not addressed in the article that questioned the safety of carrageenan. The JECFA consists of an international panel of expert toxicologists that review data pertaining to food additives and contaminates.
Supplements with this ingredient:
None (for now)

Links to additional information on Carrageenan
Review of harmful gastrointestinal effects of carrageenan in animal experiments (Added on 1/4/2011)
A re-evaluation of the role of macrophages in carrageenan-induced immunosuppression (Added on 1/4/2011)
Spectrum and Possible Mechanism of Carrageenan Cytotoxicity (Added on 1/4/2011)

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