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Using alginate dressings for wound care

Using alginate dressings for wound care

If you ever had to wear braces, you are familiar with the use of seaweed in medicine. The material used to take the mold of your teeth that informs your custom-fit retainer is made from seaweed or kelp, according to Orthodontic Associates. Outside of the dentist's office, however, there is a growing use of alginate, a material made from seaweed, to treat wounds.

As far as wound care products go, alginate is becoming more and more popular. Though it is still rather unknown to individuals who aren't wound care professionals, the alginate market is expected to grow significantly from now through 2022, according to a report from Grand View Research. It's easy to see why the use of alginate dressings is increasing when you look at the benefits of the material. Alginate is derived mostly from seaweed, which means the dressings are biodegradable as well as more absorbent than other traditional dressing materials. In addition to the health benefits from seaweed, the presence of hydrophilic gel on the dressings mean that they have even more moisture than usual, which helps with healing. Because of that quality, alginate dressings are commonly used for individuals with pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and venous ulcers, according to Advanced Tissue.

Eating seaweed has plenty of benefits as well. To easily incorporate seaweed as part your diet, try Seagreens Culinary Ingredient. In addition to being raw, organic, kosher, halal and vegan, Seagreens are certified allergen- and contaminant-free products. Every Seagreens product contains all the minerals, micronutrients, trace elements and vitamins that can be found in all-natural organic seaweed. Seagreens organic wild wrack seaweeds are produced to the company's award-winning proprietary standard (patents pending) among Scotland's remote Western Islands in pristine Grade A waters. All Seagreens products are organic, kosher and certified free from allergens and contaminants.

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