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January 2011 Issue

The Science on Acacia Fiber for Gastrointestinal Health

You might not find acacia fiber supplements in your neighborhood drug store, but they are growing in popularity on the Internet as a natural treatment for intestinal health problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.) This plant substance has been used as a natural medicine for centuries; the Egyptians used it to embalm mummies. Acacia fiber (also known as gum arabic or acacia gum) is derived from tree exudate (a fluid that oozes from tree stems and branches) of the Acacia Senegal tree, which grows in Africa. Granted "Generally Recognized as Safe" status by the Food and Drug Administration, acacia fiber is commonly used as an emulsifier in food products.

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