Acacia seeds

Acacia seeds- nutritional supplement

Other names of this supplement

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, Khadir, Kher, Kumatia, Mimosa senegal, Senegalia senegal,  Акация белая, Baltoji akacija, wattles,thorn tree, whistling thorn

Botanical names – Robinia pseudoacacia L.

What is Acacia seed?

Acacia,  is a large genus of shrubs and trees in the subfamily Mimosoideae of the pea family Fabaceae. Currently there are  1300 species of Acacia’s in the world. The tree is known worldwide under various names,- thorn tree, whistling thorn, wattle, gummiarabic.

Medicinal uses

Dried flowers,  dried liefs, dried bark and gum of the acacia plant are used for medicinal purposes. Seeds are edible. Seeds of the accacia are said to contain 25% more protein than common cereals. Seeds of this plant can be  stored well for long periods of time. In folk medicine incense sticks of were made of the bark of the tree and they were used to to ward off evil. Aromatic oils from accacia flowers are widely used in cosmetics- for soaps and perfumes. Timber is also used for the flooring and furniture.

Health benefits of Acacia gum and Acacia seed

Weight loss

Word Acacia is sometimes understood as the gum that is exuded from the acacia tree. It is a great source of a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water. As a medicine, acacia gum is mostly is taken by mouth to reduce cholesterol levels and to help increase weight loss. It was noticed, that taking 30 grams of powdered acacia daily might help weight loss.

Reduces cholesterol production in the liver

It is believed, that the soluble fiber of  Acacia seed  and gum may reduce  cholesterol levels generated in the liver. However, there is not too much of scientific evidence to back up this claim. Acacia seeds also contain Beta glucan, which  also may help to  lower the cholesterol levels by attaching itself directly to the bile and thus helping with the excretion of it.

Fights inflammation

Accacia is believed to fight gingivitis and  inflammation of the gums.  Research has proved that approximately 8 weeks rigorous usage of this toothpaste containing acacia seed extracts can deal with gingivitis rather effectively.

As a pharmaceutical ingredient the acacia gum is used in medications for throat or stomach inflammation. It is also used as a film-forming agent in peel-off skin masks.

Possibly can fight dental plaques

Some research suggests that chewing acacia gum for 10 minutes five times daily for 7 days may reduce dental plaque a little bit better than using the sugar-free chewing gum.

Other benefits of the acacia seeds

Great content of minerals and microelements

Acacia seeds is a great source of sodium, protein, calcium, potassium and dietary fibers.

Great source of  proteins

Acacia seeds contain a great amount of proteins and dietary fiber.

Side effects of acacia seeds and gum

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

Acacia is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts that are commonly used for medicinal purposes. Up to 30 grams daily has been used safely for 6 weeks.

Minor adverse effects of the plant are –  gas, bloating, nausea, loose stools.

Special Precautions and Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Not enough data about the use of acacia during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid to use it during this time.

Drug interactions

ACACIA gum interacts with Amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox) and it  can prevent the body from absorbing the antibiotic amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox).

To prevent this interaction, it should be takent at least four hours before or after taking amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox).