Sorbitol is less commonly known as glucitol which is a sugar alcohol with a sweet taste which the human body metabolizes slowly. It can be obtained by reduction of glucose, which changes the aldehyde group to a hydroxyl group. It acts on promoting the hydration of the intestinal contents by stimulating the secretion of cholecystokinin-pancreazymine whose presence causes the release of digestive enzymes and bile from the pancreas and gallbladder, respectively, (and also acts as a hunger suppressant) and accelerates intestinal motility and fluidifies the stools by its osmotic-laxative effect.
- It acts on promoting the hydration of the intestinal contents
- acts as a hunger suppressant
- accelerates intestinal motility
- fluidifies the stools by its osmotic-laxative effect
- helpful in promoting the functions of the liver, gallbladder and intestine.
- hastens elimination of toxins from the gastrointestinal tract.
- it does not increase the sugar level in the blood unlike lactulose. Hence, beneficial to diabetic patients