Mannitol is a type of sugar alcohol used as a sweetener and medication.

Mannitol is a sweetener often used in diabetic-friendly foods, as it is poorly absorbed by the intestines and causes less of an increase in blood sugar levels than glucose. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists it as a food supplement and considers it safe to use, noting only that amounts greater than 20 grams may have a laxative effect.

However, Mannitol has gained some great interest from the Parkinson’s community since 2013 having shown to improve symptoms.

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