This is a very interesting Resin. It is a water-soluble gum derived from the hardened sap of the acacia tree species. It grows mostly in Sudan and throughout the Sahel, from Senegal to Somalia and Somaliland .
Gum Arabic is a complex mixture of glycoproteins and polysaccharides predominantly consisting of arabinose and galactose. It is soluble in water, edible, and used primarily in the food industry and soft-drink industry as a stabilizer. It is also used as a binder for paint production and cosmetics. Definition is coming from Wikipedia here:
When I wanted to purchase this I wanted to find out traditionally what it’s used for in Somaliland. I spoke to some of the farmers that harvest it. They told me it is excellent for digestion and also lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels and that’s what they used it for.
Of course, I had to research this further and I found some interesting facts and I put some of the websites here that I researched it in.
There have been several studies it shows that it does lower blood sugar and can also lower cholesterol levels and helps with those with IBS.
Here are some interesting links to studies about this resin:
Metabolic effect of Gum Arabic (Acacia Senegal) in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM): Randomized, placebo controlled double blind trial
Effect of Gum Arabic (Acacia Senegal) supplementation on visceral adiposity index (VAI) and blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus as indicators of cardiovascular disease (CVD): a randomized and placebo-controlled clinical trial
The Health Benefits of Acacia Fiber or Gum Arabic
Effect of composite yogurt enriched with acacia fiber and Bifidobacterium lactis
I asked the farmers how do use it and they melt it in warm water and once it dissolves, put it in the refrigerator or a cool place and take a teaspoon of it in juice or milk daily. And they claim it really works.
It does work because I experimented with it and my AIC has gone down a lot. I am pre-diabetic and have been maintaining it with diet and exercise, but since I am getting older it is creeping up on me. So I decided to test it out. I am finding my AIC numbers are going down. They went from 6.9 to 6.6 in 3 months of using this resin. Right now it is holding at 5.9. This is the lowest it has ever been and I have been since I was diagnosed 20 years ago.
It has not helped my cholesterol levels but I am told those who are using it has helped a bit. It also helps with gas in one's stomach because it is a binder, and those who have IBS. Since using this resin my bowl movements have been much better. I have IBS myself and I am finding it is helping with this too.
How to use it:
How does one use it? You can either use the whole resin I sell and put 1 ounce of the resin in 6 ounces of hot water in a Ball Jar. Mix it up and once it is almost completely melted put it into the refrigerator. It should last in there about 2-3 weeks. Every day put a teaspoon of the liquid into something hot. I put it into the coffee. Start once a day then once you find you can handle it you can do it 2x a day or do One tablespoon once a day. It has no taste nor any smell so it basically can go into anything that is a liquid.
I sell the resin and you can get it here
Robin B. Kessler, CCA
I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist who specializes in Seniors and Hospice. My passion is also these resins and support those who keep the sustainability of the all plants.