May 3, 2016

Acacia

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What other names is Acacia known by?

Acacia arabica, Acacia senegal, Acacia verek, Arbre à Gomme Arabique, Bum Senegal, Bomme Arabique, Bomme de Senegal, Bummae Momosae, Goma Arábiga, Gomme Acacia, Gomme Arabique, Gomme d'Acacia, Gomme Sénégal, Gommier Blanc, Gum Acacia, Gum Arabic, Khadir, Kher, Kumatia, Mimosa senegal, Senegalia senegal.

What is Acacia?

Acacia is the gum that is exuded from the acacia tree. It's a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water.

As a medicine, acacia is taken by mouth to reduce cholesterol levels and to help increase weight loss.

In manufacturing, acacia is used as a pharmaceutical ingredient in medications for throat or stomach inflammation and as a film-forming agent in peel-off skin masks.

Don't confuse acacia with sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana).

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • High cholesterol. Taking acacia by mouth does not seem to lower cholesterol levels.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Dental plaque. Early research suggests that chewing acacia gum for 10 minutes five times daily for 7 days reduces dental plaque more than sugar-free chewing gum.
  • Weight loss. There is early evidence that shows taking 30 grams of powdered acacia daily might help weight loss.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of acacia for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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