Guar Gum

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Description

  • English : Guar Gum
  • Sanskrit : -
  • Latin : Cyamopsis Tetragonaloba
  • Hindi : Guar Gum
  • Gujarati : Guar Gum
  • Tamil : -
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Soluble fiber, including guar gum, may lower your blood cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption from your small intestine. Supplementing your diet with guar gum could lower your blood cholesterol by 10 to 15 percent, according to a review of clinical studies published in the June 1990 issue of “Drugs.” One specific study published in the June 1984 issue of “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” reported 12 percent lower LDL cholesterol in male subjects receiving 15 grams of guar gum per day for 6 weeks.

Properties

Blood Glucose : Guar gum slows the rate of starch digestion and glucose absorption following a meal. In Type 2 diabetic patients treated with 5 grams of guar gum three times daily for 3 months, fasting blood glucose levels were lowered by 17 percent, according to the March-April 1990 issue of “Diabetic Medicine.” A lower rate of glucose absorption when ingesting guar gum with a meal attenuates the decrease in blood pressure that is often observed in elderly subjects following a meal, which may help to prevent fainting spells and falls, according to the July 2005 issue of “The Journals of Gerontology.” Bowel Health : Partially hydrolyzed guar gum, or PHGG, is soluble fiber derived from guar gum that has been partially broken down to reduce its thickening properties. PHGG is used to lower the incidence of diarrhea in hospital patients requiring enteral feeding. PHGG may also provide therapeutic benefits if you have irregular bowel habits or irritable bowel syndrome. PHGG reduces abdominal pain and improves the quality of life in patients with either constipation-predominant or diarrhea-predominant forms of irritable bowel syndrome, according to a study published in the March 2006 issue of “Nutrition.” PHGG also has prebiotic properties that support healthy bacterial populations in the colon. Soluble Fiber in Food : Guar gum is a functional food ingredient that may be present in packaged foods. However, guar gum is not likely a regular cooking ingredient, and you can reap many of soluble fiber’s health benefits by including foods such as oats and barley in your diet. Most fresh fruits and vegetables also contribute soluble fiber to your diet in the form of compounds called pectins. Like guar gum, pectins have thickening properties in your stomach and small intestine and are fermented in your large intestine, contributing to blood cholesterol and glucose control and colon health.

Usage

It may lower your blood cholesterol, slows the rate of starch digestion and glucose absorption.

Dose

12 percent lower LDL cholesterol in male subjects receiving 15 grams of guar gum per day for 6 weeks. In Type 2 diabetic patients treated with 5 grams of guar gum three times daily for 3 months, fasting blood glucose levels were lowered by 17 percent.