Potassium sorbate: A Beneficial Preservative Agent for Microbial Control

Potassium sorbate

First discovered in the 1850’s by the French, the health supplement ingredient Potassium sorbate is now recognized in the field of alternative medicine as a beneficial supplement ingredient which is safe and effective for use within recommended doses. Studies show that in the industrial field, Potassium sorbate may be used in prolonging shelf life of food products as it helps prevent rapid growth of microorganisms, thereby reducing risks for spoilage and food damage. It may also be used generally in the prevention of development of molds and microbes in other industrial fields. The use of Potassium sorbate in the field of alternative medicine began following findings that it may be used in treating potassium deficiency. It is currently being subjected to health studies as it is found by some researches to have certain risks to health when taken in high doses. Potassium sorbate must be taken within recommended doses only to prevent dangerous side effects.

What is Potassium sorbate?

Potassium sorbate is a tasteless and odorless compound which is used in various fields for its many health benefits. It is produced through synthetic means from two compounds―potassium hydroxide and sorbic acid. It is considered a salt compound, and it is believed to have similar toxicity level as that of table salt. Potassium sorbate is also said to exist in the berries of mountain ash tree, the plant to which it was derived the first time it was discovered. Although it is not yet widely used in th the field of alternative medicine, experts say that after establishment of its health benefits, Potassium sorbate is expected to be included in many forms of health supplement products. Today, health studies are being conducted to determine whether Potassium sorbate can be used in the treatment of other mineral deficiencies, as well as in the enhancement of overall health and wellness.

What are the benefits of using Potassium sorbate?

The following are among the benefits and advantages of using Potassium sorbate:

  1. It helps maintain quality of ingredients

Some manufacturers of food products prefer the use of Potassium sorbate as it is found to be useful in preventing spoilage without changing quality of food ingredients. This health benefit may also be a reason as to why it may be used in health supplement formulations.

  1. It works as an antimicrobial agent

Studies have long established the antimicrobial properties of Potassium sorbate. Thus, it is used not only in health supplement products but also in shampoos, soaps and other products for this purpose.

  1. It generally serves as a preservative

Potassium sorbate may be used as a preservative ingredient for many products including cosmetics. This has been found in many health studies.

Conclusion

There are studies currently being conducted on Potassium sorbate. It must be taken with caution among individuals who are diagnosed with certain health conditions.

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