Mannitol is a sugar alcohol which means they are part sugar and part alcohol. It was initially obtained by isolating secretions from the tree of the flowering ash, called manna, named after the biblical food. It is also sometimes called mannite or manna sugar.
As a sugar alcohol similar to sorbitol and xylitol, mannitol is considered a form of carbohydrates that is not completely absorbed by the body and therefore, does not contribute to the increase of the body’s glucose or blood sugar level.
Mannitol is used as an osmotic diuretic demonstrating its ability to increase blood flow to the kidneys. It can also transport liquid through a membrane from a less concentrated to a more concentrated environment. It is a type of diuretic that inhibits the reabsorption of water and sodium after it has been used by the body.
It is used as a renal vasodilator which means that … Read More