Gum Arabic Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Gum arabic comes from the Acacia senegal tree. Its quality varies with growing conditions and gum extraction method (beetle attack, extreme drought, or tapping). In 1977, the United States imported more than 11,000 tons of gum arabic most of it used to add body and texture to processed food products. The herb also is added to nonprescription and prescription drugs as a preservative.
Common doses of gum arabic
Gum arabic comes as:
Uses of gum arabic herb
Side effects of gum arabic
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of gum arabic:
Intravenous injection of gum arabic may cause kidney and liver damage
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking.
Important paints to remember
What the research shows
Research suggests gum arabic may be useful as a chewing gum to fight dental plaque, but more studies are needed to determine its appropriate dose and role in treatment. People prone to allergic reactions should use this herb cautiously. Studies have found that gum arabic isn't effective in reducing high cholesterol.
Other names for gum arabic: -
Other names for gum arabic include acacia, acacia arabica gum; acacia gum, Acacia senegal, acacia ver, Egyptian thorn, Gummae mimosae, and senega.
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