Historically, mastic gum has been used for thousands of years to treat a number of ailments. As there is an increasing trend in incorporating natural remedies to either supplement or replace antibiotics and other pharmaceutical treatments, mastic gum has been found to exhibit useful health benefits that can be applied to a number of illnesses.
To be specific, individuals suffering from gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s disease, H. Pylori infection, chronic ulcer diseases like ulcerative colitis (UC) and acid reflux.
In this article, we will review the benefits of mastic gum, how it can be used for h pylori and other illnesses, and any side effects you need to be aware of.
Derived from the Pistacia lentiscus tree that is only found in on the Greek Island of Chios, which is why this natural resin is often referred to as “Chios mastic gum.1” To collect mastic gum from the tree, growers will scar the bark to initiate a defense mechanism in which the tree produces “tears.” While these resin tears will first appear in the form of a liquid, they are then dried either through processing techniques or as a result of exposure to heat from the sun, transforming this liquid into a hard, brittle and translucent resin that can be chewed for medicinal purposes.
Historically, people living in Mediterranean areas surrounding where the Pistachia tree typically grows have used this natural product to treat gastrointestinal ailments for thousands of years. While the Genoese empire (1304-1566) and other rulers often offered citizens protection from pirates2 in exchange for mastic gum, many villagers often grew this plant extract to dry grains and incorporate mastic gum into other aspects of their daily diet.
Mastic Gum Benefits
Mastic has been used in medicine since ancient times and is still used today because of the amazing health benefits it provides.
Below are a few of the main benefits mastic gum provides:
- Contains antioxidants
- Is anti-inflammatory
- Has antibacterial properties
- Has antifungal properties
- Can help digestion
- Can help kill H Pylori bacteria
- Improves dental health and freshens breath
General Uses of Mastic Gum
A majority of the health benefits associated with the use of mastic gum is attributed to the various ways in which this natural medication yields antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
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