Mastic gum for your stomach problems

Mastic gums magic

Mastic gum ( also called Mastiha, Masticha, Mastixa, Mastika, Arabic gum (not to be confused with gum arabic) and Yemen gum) it is resin. And it comes from Mastic tree (lat. Pistacia lentiscus) which belongs to pistachio family. Mastic gum is also known as "tears of Chios". Chios is Island in Greece where the Mustic gum is traditionally produced and like other natural resins, is produced in "tears" or droplets.

Mastic gum "tears" , droplets

Mastic tree also grows in other Mediterranean countries and it grows in my country to, Croatia, along the Adriatic sea coast ( from Istra to Dalmatia).

BUT! only mastic tree from island Chios, Greece, produces mastic gum and has the best medical properties.

Mastic trees in Greece, Chios                                 island.

 

Imitations and substitutes

The rarity of mastic and the difficulty of its production make it expensive. As a result, imitations in the form of other resins appear in the market, sold as "mastic", such as Boswellia or gum arabic. Other trees, such as Pistacia palaestina, can also produce a resin similar to mastic. Yet other substances, such as pine tree resin and almond tree resin, are sometimes used in place of mastic.

 

About Mastic gum

Mastic gum is very old natural remedy. It is has been used as a medicine since antiquity and is still used in traditional folk medicine of the Middle East. The first-century Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides mentions the healing properties of mastic in his book "De Materia Medica". Hippocrates  ( the famous practitioner known as the "father of medicine") wrote that the mastic is good for prevention of digestive problems and colds, and Galenus suggested that mastic was useful for bronchitis and for improving the condition of the blood.

Modern researches and clinical tests have proven that mastic has anti-inflammatory qualities, therefore it acts epulotically in many cases, starting from periodontitis, gastritis and gastric ulcer till colitis, H pylori and hemorrhoids. Mastic contains antioxidants and also has antibacterial and antifungal properties [1] .

Also a Nottingham University study published in The New England Journal of Medicine finds that mastic can cure peptic ulcers by killing Helicobacter pylori bacteria.[2]

One study found that high consumption of Chios mastic powder results in decreased levels of total serum cholesterol, LDL, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, lipoprotein (a), apolipoprotein A-1, apolipoprotein B, ALT, AST, and GGT.[3] 

There was also study in 2010 published in the journal Phytomedicine. Where it showed that administering mastic gum in patients in dosages of 1.05 grams per day eradicated h. pylori in over 1/3 of patients.[4]

Mastic also have value in preventing tooth decay [5] and gingivitis [6] as well as chewing mastic reduces oral bacteria. In medieval times, mastic was highly valued by sultans' harems as a breath freshener and a tooth whitener. In India and Persia, mastic was used to fill dental cavities.

There were studies where it is shown that Mastic gum has anti-cancer properties against numerous types of cancers, including: prostate cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer.

Mastic gum is also used in ointments against burns, frostbites, skin troubles as well as in adhesive plasters. 

 

In this video you can see how Mastic gum is produced. It is on Greek language but you can just watch and enjoy!

 

How to use Mastic gum?

Dosage

With Mustic gum you need to start slow. At least 1 gr daily has shown to have benefits. But to get full benefits and get rid off h. pylori ( Helicobacter pylori bacteria) and to get your stomach problems away. Mustic gum dosage is higher up to 3000 mg a day.

  • First week - is 500 mg a day on empty stomach.
  • Second week - is 1000 mg a day on empty stomach. Divided into two dosges (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).
  • Third week - is 1500 mg a day on empty stomach. Divided into three dosges (one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening ).
  • Fourth week - is 2000 mg a day on empty stomach. Divided into two or three dosages ( it depends how you like it ).
  • Fifth week - is 2500 mg a day on empty stomach. Divided into three dosges ( morning, afternoon and evening).
  • Sixth week - is 3000 mg a day on empty stomach.Divided into three dosges. ( morning, afternoon and evening).

 

Why we use Mastic gum?

My husband has stomach problems and he uses Mastic gum on regular basis.
He ruind his stomach with anti-inflamatory (NSAID) drug called Ketonal (Ketoprofen).

And ended up in hospital for 10 days. Where they discovered three bleeding wounds in his stomach.They treated woundshis stomach with adrenaline to stop bleeding.

How he ruind his stomach with NSAID Ketonal? One day when he was fixing our car, his lower back started to hurt really bad. This was not something new. He already got lower back blocked several times.

So this time he decided if he take more then usual dosage of Ketonal for lower back pain that the pain will stop faster. Yea right! Stupid move.

That day he took around 9 Ketonal tablets, each 100 mg strenght. And above all of that he did not eat because he was in pain. You can guess the results. The Ketonal literally burned his stomach lining and make his stomach bleeding. In the end he was vomiting, he could not eat, he was so weak he couldn't stand on his feet and he had black stool.

So I called our family doctor ( she knows my husbund and me since we were kids). Told her everything what he did and in the end she was screaming at me what did he do, is he crazy!? She called the ambulance to get him in the hospital right away. And my husbund was screaming at me and our family doctor that he is fine and that we are going to put him in hospital! Men!

So when ambulance arrived and they carry him in vehicle he had the strenght to argue with them that his back and stomach are fine and that nothing is hurting him! In the hospital they discovered three bleeding wounds in his stomach.

Believe me it is easier to take care for two year old kid with tatntrum temper then for my husbund when he is sick!

So he still chew Mastic gum on regular basis because of this wounds. They do not bleed or anything. But sometimes he has stomach pain when he is nervous and Masic gum really helps him.

 

Pure Mastic gum or in pill form?

I prefer pure Mastic gum. Why? It is without fillers and capsules. You can chew it like bubble gum. And in ancient time Mastic gum was bubble gum with medical beneffits. I chew it very offten since I don't like industrial bubbel gums with aspartam and other nasty stuff in it.
And it smells nice and it taste good.

Mastic gum must be white in colors not yellow.

But if you prefer capsules by all means, why not! It is really personal choice.

Here you can buy on Amazon pure Mastic gum and in capsules;

 

Pure Mastic gum is from Greece directly and it is fresh.

 

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Mastic gum in capsules can be yellow collor which means that is old and does not have strong medical properties. And also when Mastic gum is heated above 80 C (176 F) it becomes yellow in color and looses medical properties. And when is in capsules you can only guess if it is real Mastic gum in it or it is mixed with some imitation of Mastic gum.

Natural Mastic of Chios is gluten free and allergen free.

 

Changing your diet and lifestyle when you have stomach problems it is very important!

Mastic gum is one in rowe that can help you with stomach problems. You also need to change your diet and quit some not so good habits.

- You need to cut out sugary food, procesed food, meat products, milk, white bread, pasta, white rice, junk food, soft drinks, spicy and salty food, chocolate, candys, cakes and dried fruits.

- Qiut with alcohol, cigarets and coffee.

- Drink water, rooibos tea and/or green tea ( unsweeted).

-Eat fresh fruit and vegetables.

- Raspberries, pears, prunes, cranberries and cranberry juice, strawberries, highbush blueberries, bilberry, apples, red grapes,avocados, bananas, Goji berries...

- Eat artichokes, cabbage, kale, peas, cauliflower, swede, red-headed cabbage, and radishes, broccoli, spinach, broccoli sprouts, sweet potatoes, carrots, beans, legumes, garlic, celery and onions.

- Almonds.
- Almond and peanut butters.
- Olive oil.
- Sauerkraut juice.
- Bone broth and soups made with bone broth are helping to rebuild the mucosal lining of the stomach.[7]
- Whole grain foods.
100% whole grain breads, pastas and cold cereals.
- Brown rice and quinoa.
- Fish and sea food.
- Small amount of red meat (preferably grass fed)
- Skinless poultry.
- Ginger Soother drink.

- Probiotics - Lactobacillus acidophilus.  Good food sources of probiotics are fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, pickles, kombucha (a fermented tea), tempeh, kimchi, yogurt, miso soup.
Pickels and other commercially pickled foods that are made with vinegar and salt are big NO!
You need to eat lacto-fermented foods because they contain healthy probiotics.

- Ginger
- Turmeric
- Curry
- Thyme
- Oregano ( NOT! oregano essential oil because it is so strong that will burn your mouth, throat and stomach. And also essential oils are not made for swallowing and eating).

 

Supplements

 

Vitamin C.
It reduces inflammation in stomach and protects against H. Pylori infection. 

 

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice ( DGL).
Licorice is traditionally used in ulcer treatment in Indian, Chinese, and Kampo medicine. Works in the way that is preventing the bacteria ( H. Pylori) from attaching to the stomach. And because of that it works best in the early stages of infection.

 

Korean red ginseng.
Korean red ginseng has shown anti- H. Pylori activity in lab animals.

 

Manuka honey (activated from New Zeland 16+ or 20+ strenght)
Because it contains a natural form of hydrogen peroxide in it. Which is great for treating bacterial infections.

 

Iron

 

Vitamin B12
H. pylori bacteria can interfere with the absorption of iron and B12 in stomach. Therefore deficiency in iron and B12 is leading to anemia.

 

Monolaurin – 1200 mg twice a day
It is derived from coconut milk. It’s a natural antibiotic that many use for a variety of reasons.

 

L-Glutamine
It helps to heal your gut tissue.

 

Aloe Juice
Cold pressed, unprocessed one.

 

Digestive Enzymes 
To help your stomach to digest foods more easily, because the H. Pylori reduces stomach acid. 

 

 

Layla 🙂

 

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