POLYGUM® - Pharma

Our products are used in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry as active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and as excipients (processing/delivery aids etc.). Many of these products have been described in monographs in different Pharmacopeias.

Our products are standardized according to the methods of the Pharmacopeia and/or prepared in accordance with customer requirements and are primarily used as active ingredients for control of blood sugar and cholesterol, as excipients for the preparation of suppositories and as tablet disintegrants.

Our European production facilities make use of highly effective processes and robust quality assurance systemsto ensure that our customers' strictest requirements are met.

Guar gum and its derivatives as well as tragacanthkaraya gum and gum arabic are natural products that are used in a vast range of formulations.

These additives are available in standard qualities, both in accordance with recognized monographs (European Pharmacopoeia, United State Pharmacopeia and National Formulary, British Pharmacopeia) and in accordance with customer-specific requirements.

POLYGUM® - Oral

As a tablet disintegrant, pharmaceutical-grade guar gum (under the POLYGUM® product label) is used primarily for oral dosage. It also functions as a coating agent for tablets, as either a normal film or a functional film to cover unpleasant tastes or to ensure delayed absorption of the active ingredient. Conversely, guar gum can also be used in sublingual products.

Pharmaceutical guar gum powders and granulates can be used as thickening agents in powdered formulations. Guar gum's regulating effect on blood sugar levels is also useful for dietary supplements.

In lozenges, pharmaceutical gum arabic provides for a pleasant mouth feel and can be complemented by the addition of pharmaceutical guar gum.

Karaya gum is a natural laxative. Polygal AG's pharmaceutical-grade gum karaya is employed as a powder in formulations or as granules for various applications.

In suppositories, pharmaceutical guar gum is used together with other excipients, including hydrocolloids - especially when an acid-resistant carrier material is needed.

In syrups (especially cough syrups), pharmaceutical tragacanth and guar gum are used as stabilizers. Pharmaceutical tragacanth is often used as an emulsifier, and pharmaceutical guar gum is used for its thickening properties.

Name Guar gum, tragacanth, gum karaya, gum arabic 
Brand name  POLYGUM® 
Product names  Guar cyamosidis semini pulvis (Ph.Eur.)
Guar galactomannan (Ph.Eur.)
Guar gum (USP-NF)
EXT pharma series, EXK pharma series, EXA pharma series
Raw material  Guar gum splitstragacanth lumpsgum karaya lumpsgum arabic lumps
Functionality  Tablet disintegrant, tablet coating, emulsifier, natural thickening agent, carrier material, laxative, etc. 
Contact  For detailed questions, please contact us at info@polygal.ch 



POLYGUM® - Dermal

Pharmaceutical guar gum has applications as a thickening agent and emulsion stabilizer in gels, creams and salves.

Pharmaceutical karaya gum is used as a natural adhesive, especially for use with dentures, either alone or in combination with pharmaceutical gum arabic. It is appropriate for daily use over long periods of time.

In colostomy rings for stoma pouch, pharmaceutical karaya gum is used as a swelling body. By swelling up, it creates a fluid-proof barrier. As a natural substance, it triggers very few allergic reactions compared to other materials.

Name Guar gum, tragacanth, gum karaya, gum arabic 
Brand name  POLYGUM® 
Product names  Guar cyamosidis semini pulvis (Ph.Eur.) 
Guar galactomannan (Ph.Eur.)
Guar ggum (USP-NF)

EXT pharma series, EXK pharma series, EXA pharma series

Raw material  Guar gum splitstragacanthgum karayagum arabic 
Functionality  Emulsion stabilizer, natural thickening agent, carrier material, adhesive, swelling body 
Contact  For detailed questions, please contact us at info@polygal.ch