KARAYA GUM

KARAYA GUM
Karaya gum is a natural, water-soluble fiber derived from the trunk of the Sterculia urens tree. It is commonly used as a thickening agent and stabilizer in food and pharmaceutical products.
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Uses & Effectiveness

Overview

Karaya gum is a sap-like material taken from a tree that grows in India. People use it to make medicine.

Karaya gum is used as a bulk-forming laxative and to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac), but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.

Karaya gum is a natural ingredient derived from the resin of the Sterculia urens tree. It has numerous health benefits such as acting as a mild laxative, soothing gastrointestinal issues, improving coughs, and aiding weight loss. Additionally, it is often used in the food industry as a stabilizer and thickening agent.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Karaya gum is LIKELY SAFE for most people when consumed in the amounts found in foods. It is POSSIBLY SAFE to take in larger amounts, as long as it is taken with plenty of fluids. It can block the intestines if you do not drink enough fluid.

Interactions

    Minor Interaction

    Be watchful with this combination

  • Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs) interacts with KARAYA GUM

    Karaya gum contains a type of soft fiber called mucilage. Mucilage might impact how much medicine the body absorbs. Taking karaya gum at the same time as medications by mouth can change the effectiveness of the medication. To prevent this interaction, take karaya gum at least one hour after taking medications.

Special Precautionsand Warnings

When taken by mouth: Karaya gum is LIKELY SAFE for most people when consumed in the amounts found in foods. It is POSSIBLY SAFE to take in larger amounts, as long as it is taken with plenty of fluids. It can block the intestines if you do not drink enough fluid. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if karaya gum is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Blockage in the intestine (bowel obstruction): Don't use any bulk-laxative, including karaya gum, if you have a bowel obstruction.

Dosing

The appropriate dose of karaya gum depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for karaya gum. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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