Since the time of Hippocrates, the use of Chios mastic gum for digestive and oral health has been common practice. Clinical studies as early as 1984 validated the use of mastic gum as a digestive agent, showing an improvement in digestive symptoms and mucosal healing with as little as two weeks of daily consumption. Additional human studies have shown that Chios mastic gum reduces upper digestive tract discomfort and improves microbial balance, making the environment unfriendly for stomach bacteria that can lead to mucosal damage. Mastic gum also helps protect the gut lining fromdamage associated with NSAID use.
Mastic gum also supports lower gastrointestinal tract health, improving stool consistency and wellbeing. In humans, consumption of mastic gum has been shown to support healthy levels of lactoferrin, calprotectin, interleukin-6, and C-reactive protein.
In recent years, clinical studies have investigated the impact of mastic gum on metabolic and cardiovascular function. At doses of less than one gram daily, mastic has been shown to support normal, healthy glucose and cholesterol metabolism, while at higher doses, it has been shown to improve other markers of cardiovascular and liver health. In animals with increased vascular stress, short term consumption of mastic gum also improved kidney function and reduced vascular remodeling. In smokers, mastic gum also has been shown to support healthy blood vessel function and normal vasodilation.
- Supports a healthy microbial balance in the GI tract, including the oral cavity and stomach.
- Helps relieve digestive discomfort.
- Promotes health of gastrointestinal mucosa in upper and lower digestive tract.
- Supports normal, healthy metabolism of glucose and cholesterol and blood pressure within normal ranges.
- Increases antioxidant potential and reduces cholesterol oxidation.