Gelcarin®, SeaSpen® and Viscarin®

Carrageenan NF – A Family of Polysaccharides

What is it?

Carrageenan is a naturally occurring family of polysaccharides extracted from red seaweed. The range is comprised of extracts from three basic types of carrageenan – kappa, iota and lambda – from various species of red seaweed and products from that are used by the pharmaceutical industry for specific gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties desired in various formulations.

 

Product Recommendations*

Product  Name Carrageenan Type Viscosity Gel  Type Water  Solubility Use Level Use  Examples

Gelcarin® GP-
379 NF

Iota

High
Thixotropic

Elastic 
Medium Strength

Hot

0.3-1.0%

Creams,
Suspensions Polyol,
Reactive Protein,
Reactive Promotes,
Freeze Thaw

Gelcarin® GP-
812 NF

Kappa

Low

Brittle
Strong

Hot

0.3-1.0%

Stronger Gels
than GP-911
Note: Syneresis higher
than GP-911

Gelcarin® GP-
911 NF

Kappa

Low

Brittle
Firm

"Hot, Partial Cold"

0.25-2.0%

Encapsulation/
Delivery Systems,
Polyol Reactive,
Protein Reactive

Viscarin GP®-
109NF

Lambda

Medium

Non-
Gelling

"Partial – Cold,
Full - Hot"

0.1-1.0%

Creams, Lotions,
Protein Reactive,
Polyol Reactive

Viscarin® GP-
209NF

Lambda

High

Non-
Gelling

"Partial – Cold, Full - Hot"

0.1-1.0%

Creams, Lotions,
Protein Reactive,
Polyol Reactive

* Examples only and not representative of a complete list of recommended products or benefits

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