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ACACIA

Other Names:

Acacia arabica, Acacia senegal, Acacia verek, Arbre à Gomme Arabique, Bum Senegal, Bomme Arabique, Bomme de Senegal, Bummae Momosae, Goma Arábiga, Gomme Acacia, Gomme Arabique, Gomme d’Acacia, Gomme Sénégal, Gommier Blanc, Gum Acacia, Gum Arabic...
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Arabic gum (ACACIA) Overview
Arabic gum (ACACIA) Uses
Arabic gum (ACACIA) Side Effects
Arabic gum (ACACIA) Interactions
Arabic gum (ACACIA) Dosing
Arabic gum (ACACIA) Overview Information

Acacia is the gum that is exuded from the acacia tree. It’s a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water.

As a medicine, acacia is taken by mouth to reduce cholesterol levels and to help increase weight loss.

In manufacturing, acacia is used as a pharmaceutical ingredient in medications for throat or stomach inflammation and as a film-forming agent in peel-off skin masks.

Don’t confuse acacia with sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana).

How does it work?

Acacia is a source of dietary fiber. It tends to make people feel full, so they might stop eating earlier than they otherwise would. This might lead to weight loss and reduced cholesterol levels.

Arabic gum (ACACIA) Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Possibly Ineffective for:


Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Dental plaque. Early research suggests that chewing acacia gum for 10 minutes five times daily for 7 days reduces dental plaque more than sugar-free chewing gum.
  • Weight loss. There is early evidence that shows taking 30 grams of powdered acacia daily might help weight loss.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of acacia for these uses.


Arabic gum (ACACIA) Side Effects & Safety

Acacia is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food.

Acacia is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts used for medical purposes. Up to 30 grams daily has been used safely for 6 weeks. However, it can cause minor adverse effects, including gas, bloating, nausea, and loose stools.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of acacia during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Arabic gum (ACACIA) Interactions What is this?

Major Interaction Do not take this combination

  • Amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox) interacts with ACACIA

    Acacia can prevent the body from absorbing the antibiotic amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox). To prevent this interaction, take acacia at least four hours before or after taking amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox).


Arabic gum (ACACIA) Dosing

The appropriate dose of acacia 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 acacia. 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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