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Magic, Mastic Gum

Filed Under: Herbs at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Mastic gum supplements continue to grow in popularity but many people still wonder about this ancient Greek remedy. What is mastic gum and what are its benefits?

Mastic gum (Pistacia lentiscus) is a natural resin from the Pistacia lentiscus tree, which is cultivated for its aromatic resin, mainly on the Greek island of Chios. Mastic gum is commonly used as a spice, as well as for supplements and chewing gum.

Mastic gum has been used for centuries as a flavoring, preservative, digestive tonic and breath freshener. Mastic resin is a key ingredient in Greek festival breads, for example, the sweet bread tsoureki and the traditional New Year’s Vasilopita.  As well as its culinary uses, mastic continues to be used for its gum and medicinal properties to support gastrointestinal and oral health, particularly for unfriendly bacteria that reside in the stomach.

Mastic Gum supplements help ease stomach discomfort. It provides antioxidants and additional beneficial nutrients, and is considered a natural, safe, and effective alternative. Mastic gum has been used traditionally by Mediterranean cultures to support gastrointestinal health. Regular consumption of mastic has been proven to absorb cholesterol, thus easing high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks.

The resin is used as a primary ingredient in the production of cosmetics such as toothpaste, lotions for the hair and skin, and perfumes. Mastic resin is also chewed as a gum to soothe the stomach and in the Mediterranean region. Today, mastic gum is used in foods, beverages and dental products as it acts as a soothing shield to protect, cleanse and promote a healthy balance in your stomach and duodenum.

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