What May Be the Uses of Mastic Gum?
What is mastic gum? It is a resin from a trunk and branches of a mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus var. Chios) and is said to have a positive effect on the body. It is used in cosmetic products as well as in various dishes and foods.
The effect of mastic
Mastic resin is mainly cultivated on the Mediterranean island of Chios and was already used as natural chewing gum in ancient Rome and Greece.
- Mastic is believed to have an antibacterial effect, so the resin is good for dental health.
- Thanks to its hardness, which is much higher than that of conventional chewing gum, it is also suitable for jawline training.
- In addition, the intense aroma can help against bad breath.
- Studies have also shown that mastic is effective against stomach complaints such as abdominal pain and heartburn.
- Mastic has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
- The consumption of mastic is not recommended for pregnant women and children, as possible side effects cannot be ruled out with scientific certainty.
The uses of mastic
Mastic resin is used in many ways.
- To make use of its antibacterial effect, it is used, for example, in natural chewing gums that are supposed to help against bad breath.
- But mastic is also sometimes used in body care products or antibacterial mouthwashes.
- Due to its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal effect, it is also used in anti-aging products and natural cosmetics.
- Mastic is also popular in food. In Greek cuisine, for example, there is ouzo that has mastic added to it to give it a particularly intense aroma.
- In Arabic cuisine, on the other hand, the raw material is often used in baked goods to give them that slightly spicy-sweet mastic flavour.
What may mastic gum help?
- It has been proven that it displays beneficial action against digestive disorders
- It may kill off Helicobacter pylori bacteria
- It contributes to oral hygiene
- Also it displays significant antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action
- It is a natural antioxidant
- It aids in trauma healing and skin regeneration
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Bad breath
- Mastic may help to train your jawline
What may be the uses of mastic gum?
- It fights Helicobacter Pylori according to recent studies carried out by Nottingham university and published in the reliable medical journal The New England Journal of Medicine.
- Furthermore, universities in Greece and abroad currently study mastic's action in relation to diabetes mellitus, cholesterol and triglycerides.
- It is also worth mentioning mastic's effect on liver function by stimulating its detoxifying activity.
- It is also used against burns, frostbites, skin troubles as well as in adhesive plasters.
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