|Name: Guar gum
Name: Cyanopsis tetragonoloba
Names: Guar gum
Used: ground endosperm of seeds
Guar gum was traditionally used as a bulk laxative. It was also employed as an appetite suppressant and as treatment for diabetes.
Guar gum served as a base in cosmetic preparations such as hand lotions and washable creams.
Guar gum is used for:
Reducing serum cholesterol
Stabilize blood sugar level (diabetes)
Like psyllium, guar gum preparations are found to reduce serum cholesterol levels substantially. It especially reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol. Anywhere from 5 to 17% decrease in cholesterol had been observed when treated with guar gum.
Guar gum stabilizes the blood sugar level. This may be from the guar gum's action of delaying the the absorption of carbohydrates in the gut. It has exhibited an anti-hyperglycemic effect. It also may have anti-hyperlipemic activity.
This was used as a popular laxative in southern Asia. The preparations were found to decrease serum cholesterol. Guar gum tree is native to India and Pakistan. When mixed with water, it forms high viscous colloidal solutions quite rapidly.
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