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ORS or Electral is consumed when there is a shortage of water in the body. But what is the difference between the two? And is one better than the other? This answer depends on the amount of electrolyte present inside both of them. As such, it is important to know what an electrolyte is. In this article, we will discuss electrolytes, ORS and Electral.

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  1. What are electrolytes?
  2. Benefits of electrolytes
  3. What is Electral?
  4. What is ORS?
  5. Side effects of ORS and Electral
  6. Takeaway
Doctors for Difference between ORS and Electral Powder

Electrolytes are extremely useful for the body. They are present in the body in the form of the five main elements - sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and chloride.

  • Potassium prevents muscle strain and muscle cramps.
  • Sodium maintains the electrolyte balance of the body.
  • Magnesium maintains muscle and nerve function.
  • Bones get strength from calcium.
  • Chloride is useful in maintaining water balance in the body.

Electrolytes are present in many parts of the body as the main mineral.

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The benefits of electrolytes are as follows:

  • The body remains hydrated with electrolytes.
  • Electrolytes support the nervous system.
  • Electrolytes support muscle contraction.
  • Electrolytes are extremely useful in maintaining the pH balance of the body.

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This is a product of FDC private limited. Its formula is based on the ORS formula of WHO i.e. World Health Organization. One sachet of Electral contains 21.80 grams of powder.

One sachet contains 2.60 g of Sodium Chloride IP, 1.50 g of Potassium Chloride IP, 2.0 g of sodium citrate IP and 13.50 g of dextrose anhydrous IP.

Usually, when a person is experiencing a problem like stomach gas, sodium deficiency, stone problems, electrolyte imbalance or lack of water, then Electral is given to overcome these issues.

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The formula of ORS available in the market is also based on the ORS formula of WHO, like Electral. One sachet contains 21 grams of ORS. When it comes to nutrients, one sachet contains 2.6 grams of sodium chloride IP, 1.5 grams of potassium chloride IP, 2.9 grams of sodium citrate IP and 13.5 grams of dextrose anhydrous IP.

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Electral powder and ORS may also cause some side effects in the body.

Electral powder side effects:

ORS side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

ORS and Electral both are beneficial to one’s health due to their respective qualities. If a person is suffering from diarrhea, vomiting or constipation, they can take both Electral or ORS to get better. The dosage of both ORS and Electral is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

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