Galacturonic acid, whose brute or molecular formula is: C6H10O7 is an alduronic acid that derives formally from the oxidation of the hydroxyl group in the position relative to the sixth carbon of galactose.
Galacturonic acid is the molecule that makes up the main pectin chain in the cell wall.
In nature, galacturonic acid is therefore very present and is found for example in the roots of the hollyhock (Alcea rosea L., 1753), a plant also cultivated for ornamental purposes of the Malvaceae family
These roots contain mucilaginous substances which were used, after treatment, to protect the mucous membranes of the pharynx and against coughing.
Mucilaginous sugars, of which the roots are rich, are mainly composed of glucuronic acid, galacturonic acid, ramnose and galactose, in contact with moisture they convert into a soft gel that is used to protect the pharynx from irritating elements and in the treatment of dry cough.
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