Mastic Gum is a natural substance extracted from the trunk of the mastic tree, an evergreen shrub found in the Mediterranean and in North Africa. In some systems of traditional medicine, mastic gum has long been chewed to achieve certain health benefits.
- bacterial infections
- fungal infections
- high cholesterol
- inflammatory bowel disease
- respiratory problems
In addition, an aromatic oil found in mastic gum is thought to help fight bad breath and to stimulate circulation.
In laboratory research, scientists have demonstrated that mastic gum possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and liver-protecting properties.
- Indigestion- In a 2010 study 148 people with indigestion were assigned to receive either a placebo of mastic gum three times daily. After 3 weeks indigestion symptoms were significantly lower in the group assigned the mastic gum.
- Cavities- In a study in 2006 researchers found that mastic gum may help prevent cavities.
- Cancer- Preliminary research indicated that mastic gum may offer anti-cancer benefits. Upon a review of the available research on mastic gum and cancer, the report's author found that certain compounds in mastic gum may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and tumors.
Is It Safe?
Although mastic gum is generally considered safe, some people may experience allergic reactions when using mastic gum; such as: difficulty breathing, hives, rash and or chest pain.
Where do you find it? Mastic gum can be purchased online or in many natural-food stores.