‘Mastic’ shares an etymological history with masticate – as in to chew, or, “gnash the teeth” – an indication of the resin’s long history as a chewing gum. Tree sap is sun dried into hard, clear pieces. These pieces soften when chewed and become an opaque-white chewing gum with a fresh woody flavour.
Mastic usually refers to resin harvested from trees in the Pistacia genus. Pistacia resin has special naturally occurring antimicrobial properties that have been shown to treat Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria known to cause conditions such as gastritis and stomach ulcers. This contemporary discovery supports traditional health wisdom. Mastic gum has been prescribed for thousands of years to treat heartburn, abdominal pain, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Indeed, Hippocrates used mastic for the prevention of digestive problems.
If you don’t or can’t chew gum, don’t fear! Australian Food and Pharmaceutical Industries puts 100% pure mastic gum into our vegan Mastic Gum Capsules, so you can enjoy this ancient gut healing gum in a convenient swallowable capsule!