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What is Glycerol?

Glycerol is a simple polyol that is a colourless and odourless liquid most commonly used for medicinal reasons.

Glycerol is widely used to treat constipation, improve hydration and athletic performance, and treat skin disorders. Meningitis, stroke, obesity, and ear infections are among the conditions for which it is prescribed.

It works by attracting water into the gut which softens stool and relieves constipation.

For athletes, it attracts water keeping the body hydrated for longer. This may help an athlete to exercise for longer.

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