alleviating allergic reactions, reducing internal eye pressure and eliminating constipation by being an active ingredient in laxatives are some of the benefits glycerine offers;
a classic Journal of Neurosurgery study in the early 1980s found glycerine to be effective in inhibiting intracranial hypertension, but without inducing dehydration as was the case with competing methods, which is common in various brain pathologies that include cancer, stroke and meningitis;
when engaging in strenuous activity, glycerine intake has been linked to increased hydration of cells as found through an Albuquerque Veterans Affairs Medical Centre study carried out before the turn of the millennia due to a decrease in urine production and rectal temperature and an increase in one’s sweat rate
Food and Beverage:
although moderately less sweet than sucrose and more calorie-heavy than sugar, glycerine can be a safe substitute as sweetener for foods and beverages alike;
in addition to being a food preservative, glycerol also adds moisture to meals as is especially evident (and expected) when consuming desserts like ice-cream or various cakes;
glycerine is a reliable solvent;
for liqueurs, glycerine adds the necessary degree of viscosity as the food’s thickening agent
Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics and Toiletries:
lubrication, hydration and smoothness of one’s skin from head-to-toe is achieved when glycerine is an active ingredient in certain cosmetic extracts;
self-grooming and hygienic tools such as shaving cream, mouthwash, toothpaste, shampoo and perfume/cologne all contain glycerine;
cough syrup and mucokinetic drugs, which are responsible for adding enough hydration internally in order to induce a progressive cough, both have glycerol as an active ingredient
Glycerine, also referred to as glycerin or glycerol, is a polyol (or “poly-alcohol”) as it has three hydroxyl groups within its molecular structure. It can be produced from sugar, additionally being referred to as a “sugar alcohol”, and is highly soluble in water while also being able to attract and hold water molecules exceptionally well due to its chemical makeup.
Although there are multiple ways of synthetically producing glycerol, whether directly intended or because of it being a by-product as is the case when carrying out triglyceride saponification (“soap-making”), it can be naturally found from both plants and animals. Soy beans seem to be the primary glycerine source out of all plants, while either cattle or lamb offer the richest concentration of glycerine when regarding animals.