Applications with Alginates
Alginate has an excellent functionality as a thickening agent, gelling agent, emulsifier, stabilizer, texture-improver (for noodles), by improving the quality of food. Nowadays, based on its unique properties, alginate is added to numerous kinds of food, such as ice cream, jelly, acid milk drinks, dressings, instant noodles, beer, etc. FAO/WHO certifies alginate in food applications as one of the safest food additives.
Alginic acid is used in several pharmaceutical applications. Alginic acid is compounded into tablets to accelerate tablet disintegration for a faster release of the medicinal component. Alginate forms a gel in the highly-acidic stomach and protects the stomach mucosa.
Alginate is used in several cosmetics due to its functionality as a thickener and moisture retainer. Alginate helps retain the color of lipstick on the lip surface by forming a gel-network.
Alginate is used in the color paste substrate when applying patterns to print fabrics, scarves, towels, etc. The use of alginate in the printing of cotton, jute and rayon is a necessity. Alginate is safer and easier to decompose compared with other substrates in textile printing and gives easier waste water disposal.
Alginate is used as a flux binder in the production of welding rods.
Alginate is used as a binder and thickening agent for pet-food, fish food, etc.