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  Latin Name Cyamopsis tetragonoloba
English Name Guar gum
Hindi Name Guar
Part Used Exudate

Guar gum is extracted from the seed of the leguminous shrub Cyamopsis tetragonoloba, where it acts as a food and water store. The Guar shrub is a coarse, summer-growing, leguminous annual that is probably native to India and is widely distributed across Africa and Asia, and found cultivated in small quantities the United States and Australia..

Guar Gum may be very helpful in maintaining a healthy heart. A diet high in water-soluble Guar bean fiber (Guar Gum) is associated with decreased risk of heart attacks, because fiber is known to lower overall cholesterol levels. The glucomannan content in Guar Gum is believed to lower cholesterol by binding with it and keeping it from being absorbed through the intestines. In addition, the bulk forming fibers swell in the intestines and fill the intestinal tract, not only preventing cholesterol and lipid absorption, but the increased bulk-forming mass helps to rid the intestines of the excess cholesterol by facilitating its passage through the system.

Guar Gum is a water-soluble bulk-forming laxative, and as such, it is said to be effective in promoting regular bowel movements and relieve constipation and chronic related functional bowel ailments, such as diverticulosis, Crohn's disease, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, among others. The increased mass in the intestines stimulates the movement of waste and toxins from the system, which is particularly helpful to good colon health, because it speeds the removal of waste and bacteria from the bowel and colon. In addition, because Guar Gum is soluble, it is also able to absorb toxic substances (bacteria) that cause infective diarrhea.

Guar Gum has been used to improve glucose tolerance in some studies. Research has revealed that the water-soluble fiber in it may help people with diabetes by binding with glucose and preventing its absorption. The movement of the bulk-forming mass through the intestines not only helped removed cholesterol but also decreased glycosylated hemoglobin, a measure of chronically high blood glucose levels.

For weight control, Guar Gum provides a low-calorie, bulk-forming, gelatinous substance in the gastrointestinal tract that gives one the feeling of fullness and satiety and may curb the urge to eat. Furthermore, its laxative action also helps to clear the system of excess weight by removing it in waste products.

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