Benefits of Guar Gum/ Guar Beans
The health benefits of guar gum
Guar bean (Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba)’most commonly ground and used as guar gum’is a common ingredient in both processed foods and gluten-free baking. It also has health benefits and has been used to treat the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It can also help balance ‘good’ bacteria in your system and may be useful as an add-on treatment
The guar bean plant is grown in India and Pakistan as a vegetable and cattle fodder. The bean contains large amounts of galactomannan gum, which turns into a gel when guar bean is ground into a powder then mixed with water. It is this powdered form, guar gum, which is used both as an ingredient in foods and for use as a supplement.
How to use guar gum
Guar gum is sold in powdered form as a thickener and binder for baking and cooking and is often used in gluten-free recipes. If you’d like to try it as a supplement, the typical dose used in research studies, such as those in people with diabetes conducted at the University of Helsinki, is 1 teaspoon (5 grams) mixed into water, juice or milk 3 times a day. Talk to your doctor first; guar gum can decrease the effectiveness of some birth control pills, antibiotics, and diabetes medications.
For baking: add 2 teaspoons (10 milligrams) for every cup (225 milligrams) of flour in a recipe.
Partially hydrolyzed guar gum (a commonly available form of guar gum) may help treat childhood constipation, according to a 2010 study from the Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology. For the study, 61 children with constipation were given either partially hydrolyzed guar gum or lactulose (a laxative) for four weeks.
Study results revealed that both treatments were similarly effective in relieving constipation and the associated abdominal pain. However, partially hydrolyzed guar gum appeared to produce fewer side effects than lactulose.
A study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences in 2005 indicates that guar gum may be beneficial in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. For the study, 86 patients with irritable bowel syndrome took either five or 10 grams of partially hydrolyzed guar gum every day for three months. By the end of the treatment period, both groups showed significant improvement in gastrointestinal symptoms and quality of life.