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Patients with diets consisting of at least 40 percent complex carbohydrates experienced the best results with guar supplementation. D. J. A. Jenkins, "Diabetic Diets: High Carbohydrates Combined with High Fiber," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 33 (1980): 1729-33. Twenty mg of zinc gluconate was given to healthy subjects the evening before and 30 minutes following glucose tolerance samplings. Results showed that zinc increased glucose assimilation and effectiveness. J. F. Brun et al.

Krotkiewski, "Effect of guar Gum on Body-Weight, Hunger Ratings and Metabolism in Obese Subjects," British Journal of Nutrition 52 (1984): 97-105. HERBS/PLANT EXTRACTS Green tea produces a significant reduction of triglycerides, weight, and waist size. Compared to a placebo group, obese dieting women who received green tea capsules prior to meals lost twice as much weight after 15 days and three times as much weight after 30. Their waist measurements were reduced twice as much after 15 days, and four times as much after 30 days.

Conscious Eating

Gabriel Cousens, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Trypsin inhibitors were found in 23 of 26 pulses in India, as well as in wheat and guar gum. They are also found in egg whites. Much of the trypsin inhibitor is found in the seeds before they sprout. When the seeds are sprouted much of the trypsin inhibitor is washed out as a result of the sprouting process. My observations and reports from others indicate that there is some improvement with sprouting, but that even sprouted beans and peas are still not so easy to digest.

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Natural Healing

Dr. Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

Supplementing a normal diet with gel-forming fibers such as guar gum produces a feeling of fullness that makes sticking to a diet easier for most people. Fiber may also improve metabolism. U. Smith, "Dietary Fiber, Diabetes and Obesity," International Journal of Obesity 11, suppl. (1987): 27-31. High-fiber diets have been shown to reduce serum lipids and blood pressure in slightly overweight women. T. T. Solum et al.

Miracle Cures: Dramatic New Scientific Discoveries Revealing the Healing Powers of Herbs, Vitamins, and Other Natural Remedies

Jean Carper (See book keywords and concepts)

The special grapefruit fiber mixture that opened Garrett's arteries and lowered Joan Levin's cholesterol is a unique form of pectin—a water-soluble fiber, obtained mostly from the rinds, membranes, and juice sacs of the grapefruit, and combined with another soluble fiber, guar gum. It is processed into a pale yellow, tasteless powder to be dissolved in liquids or sprinkled on food. It is patented by the University of Florida and by Dr. James Cerda and is commercially called ProFibe. What's the Evidence?

The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants

Andrew Chevallier (See book keywords and concepts)

Do not exceed the dose. guar gum can cause gas. abdominal distension, and intestinal obstruction. Use under medical supervision. Cydonia oblonga ( Rosaceae ) Quince Description 1 )eciduous tree growing to 25 ft (8 m). Has green-gray oval leaves, pink or white flowers, and yellow pear-shaped sweet-smelling fruit. Habitat & Cultivation Native to southwest and central Asia, quince has become naturalized in Europe, especially in the Mediterranean region. It grows in damp, rich soils in hedges and copses. The fruit is harvested when ripe in autumn. Parts Used Fruit, seeds.

Optimal Wellness

Ralph Golan, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

S GUMS: guar, Locust Bean, Arabic, Furcelleran, Ghatti, Karaya, Tragacanth Thickening agents, stabilizers Beverages, ice cream, frozen pudding, salad dressing, dough, cottage cheese, candy, drink mixes Gums derive from natural sources (bushes, trees, or seaweed) and are poorly tested. They are used to thicken foods, prevent sugar crystals from forming in candy, stabilize beer foam (arabic), form a gel in pudding (furcelleran), encapsulate flavor oils in powdered drink mixes, or keep oil and water mixed together in salad dressings. Tragacanth has caused occasional severe allergic reactions.

Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives: A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients Vitamin E

Ruth Winter (See book keywords and concepts)

The FDA's reevaluation in 1976 found guar gum to be GRAS if used as a stabilizer, thickener, and firming agent at .35 percent in baked goods, 1.2 percent in breakfast cereals, 2 percent in fats and oils, 1.2 percent in gravies, 1 percent in sweet sauces, toppings, and syrups, and 2 percent in processed vegetables and vegetable juices. In large amounts, it may cause nausea, flatulence, or abdominal cramps.

Optimal Wellness

Ralph Golan, M.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Fiber supplements are available in powders, capsules, tablets, and wafers, from a variety of sources (psyllium seed, flaxseed, oat bran, rice bran, pectins, guar gum, gum karaya, cellulose gum, glucomannan, carrageenan, agar, triphala, etc.). Any health food store should be well stocked with a variety of these products. Some supplements contain single agents, others are combined; still others contain such synergists as herbs, bentonite clay, acidophilus, and barley malt. You may need to experiment to find the product that gives you the best results.

SOLUBLE AND INSOLUBLE FIBER SOURCES Higher in Insoluble Fiber Roughly Equal Amounts of Insoluble and Soluble Fiber Higher in Soluble Fiber Whole wheat Wheat bran Brown rice Rice bran Rye Cooked lentils Asparagus Brussels sprouts Flaxseed Kidney beans Navy beans Green beans Green peas Winter squash Corn Apples Bananas Citrus fruits Blackberries Prunes Carrots Barley Oats and oat bran Lima beans Psyllium husks guar gum Based in part on information from the Institute of Food Technology, Chicago, Illinois.

The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine: How to Remedy and Prevent Disease with Herbs, Vitamins, Minerals and Other Nutrients

Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

Gums include the extremely water loving material found in oats, guar, Irish Moss and locust beans, to name a few. Gums are also inert, simply absorbing water, swelling, and serving much the same purpose as the cellulosics. 3. Pectins ate the water soluble substances that bond adjacent cell walls in the tissues of many plants, including apples, citrus fruits, potatoes, strawberries and green beans. They yield a gel which is the basis of fruit jellies. Pectins and gums bind with bile acids, and decrease cholesterol levels and fat absorption. 4.

Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd Edition Volume 1

Michael T. Murray, ND (See book keywords and concepts)

This latter polysaccharide, which is similar to guar and locust bean, has received considerable clinical research attention as an antiviral and immunopotentiating agent, especially in the treatment of AIDS. Acemannan, a water-soluble, long-chain polydispersed beta-(l,4)-linked mannan polymer interspersed with O-acetyl groups, is discussed below. Prostanoids Several prostanoid compounds have been discovered in Aloe vera extracts.6 The conversion of essential fatty acids to prostanoids by the enzyme cyclooxygenase in a plant such as Aloe vera is quite rare.

Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices Of Herbal Medicine

David Hoffman, FNIMH, AHG (See book keywords and concepts)

Several clinical studies have shown that complex carbohydrates, such as oat bran, guar gum, and carob gum, also lower serum cholesterol levels; however, these conclusions are now being questioned, because diets that contain these substances are also usually low in fat. Complex carbohydrates may work by inhibiting fat absorption rather than through a direct pharmacological effect. Antioxidants with free radical scavenging ability, such as flavonoids, have demonstrated cholesterol-lowering activities in models of experimental hyperlipidemia.

Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd Edition Volume 1

Michael T. Murray, ND (See book keywords and concepts)

The best fiber sources for non-laxative effects are psyllium, guar gum, glucomannan, gum karaya, and pectin, because they are rich in water-soluble fibers. While there are many fiber supplements to choose from, the most clinically effective are those that are rich in water-soluble fiber and low in added sugar or other sweeteners. Irritable bowel syndrome The treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by increasing the intake of dietary fiber has a long, although irregular, history.

If higher doses are used, it may be appropriate to use bile-sequestering fiber compounds (e.g. guar gum, pectin, psyllium, oat bran, etc.) to prevent mucosal irritation and loose stools. Because of silymarin's lack of toxicity, long-term use is feasible when necessary. REFERENCES 1. Wagner H. Antihepatotoxic flavonoids. In: Cody V, Middleton E, Harbourne JB, eds. Plant flavonoids in biology and medicine: biochemical, pharmacological, and structure-activity relationships. New York, NY: Alan R Liss. 1986: p 545-558 2. Adzet T.

The Green Pharmacy Anti-Aging Prescriptions: Herbs, Foods, and Natural Formulas to Keep You Young

James A. Duke, Ph.D. (See book keywords and concepts)

The best way to obtain guar is to consult an Ayurvedic physician. The dose that I've seen recommended is 15 grams a day. kaffir potato {coleus barbatus or c. forskohui). In India and Africa, people pickle this tuber and eat it as a vegetable. It contains large amounts of forskolin (coleonol), a compound that may become the next big blood pressure medication. The recommended dose of forskolin for lowering blood pressure is 10 milligrams a day. You can get that much from about a teaspoon of kaffir potato. The question is: Where do you get the herb?

Bartram's Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Guide

Thomas Bartram (See book keywords and concepts)

Vitamin C and guar gum to cleanse the colon while leaving behind important nutrients. Aids detoxification and absorption of iron. Regulates blood sugar levels and nutrient absorption. (JAM. Nov 86, p.23) Poultice. With Slippery Elm for boils, abscesses, etc. GSL ITCHING. Pruritus. Itching is a symptom of many conditions the underlying cause of which should receive treatment. Generalised itching may direct attention to the liver: cirrhosis, jaundice or hepatotoxic drugs.

These include vegetable oils, Acacia or guar gums, propolis, alginic acid from seaweed, calcium phosphate and rice bran. Gum tragacanth is sometimes used for its thickening, emulsifying and suspending ability. Irish Moss makes a good binder, emulsifier and stabiliser. Coating is important for storage life; for which maize protein (zein) is popular. An aqueous cellulose process uses water and vegetable cellulose to ensure stability of ingredients.

Note: guar gum is resistant to stomach acid and digestive enzymes. It passes unchanged to the colon where it is degraded. DUODENAL ULCER. See: PEPTIC ULCER/ DUODENAL. DUPUYTREN'S CONTRACTURE. The Thatcher Finger. Fibrosis of the palm of the hand leading to deformity. Inability to straighten the ring and little finger due to fixed flexion. A tightened sinew. High serum fat levels are present, the disease affecting men from the age of 20 and women after the menopause.

Agents used with some success: Alfalfa, Damiana leaves, Fenugreek seeds, Aloe Vera juice, Dandelion, Fringe Tree, guar gum, Garlic (anti-diabetic action shown by Dr Madaus, West Germany, 1967), Bilberry berries, Goat's Rue (dried aerial parts reduce blood sugar BHP (1983), Olive leaves, onions, Nettles, Pipsissewa, White Horehound, Sweet Sumach, Jambul seeds rapidly reduce sugar in the urine. Karela. Gurmar, (Gymnema sylvestre) leaves are chewed in India to reduce sugar in the urine (mild cases). Balsam pear. Bitter melon (Momordica charastia).

Diet. guar gum preparations. Low salt. Fish oils or oily fish. Supplements. Vitamins A, C, D (Cod Liver oil), B-complex, especially Vitamin B12, biotin, PABA, chromium, selenium, zinc, methionine, superoxide dismutase, magnesium. Information. The Arterial Disease Clinic: tel: 0942 676617. CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN. Started by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries 1673, the Chelsea Physic Garden is the second oldest herb garden in England devoted to the scientific study of plants.

Guar gum preparations. Supplementation. Vitamins: A, B-complex, B12, C, D. Minerals: Iodum (Kelp), Chromium, Selenium, Magnesium, Zinc. Note. Cholesterol and fats are metabolised by the liver while metals are excreted by the kidneys. Potential benefits of Comfrey for this condition outweigh possible risk. LECITHIN. A stabiliser and emulsifier from Soya beans, corn, peanuts and egg-yolk. Cholesterol-reducer. Used to reduce the thickness of fats. Consists of a wide complex of fats, essential fatty acids, the B-vitamins choline, inositol and the mineral phosphorus.

The Complete Guide to Health and Nutrition

Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

Pectin, commonly found in apples, berries, and other fruit, works much like guar. Fiber Deficiency in Special Conditions DIABETES What kind of diet would produce the ideal inner body climate to help those who suffer from this blood sugar disorder? One that is easy on a stressed pancreas, and one that improves the absorption of sugar by cells to keep the "insulin response" at near-normal levels after each meal, keeping the processing of glucose for energy on an even keel.

The Enzyme Cure: How Plant Enzymes Can Help You Relieve 36 Health Problems

Lita Lee, Lisa Turner and Burton Goldberg (See book keywords and concepts)

Enzyme & Herbal Formula #29 Contains fig, psyllium seed husk, fennel seed, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, and guar gum (no enzymes). Provides a balanced ratio of protein, carbohydrate, fat, and fiber. For parasites and a toxic colon. Symptoms and signs: itching around rectum and groin; restless sleep, gnawing of teeth at night; loss of appetite, fatigue—unable to meet daily requirements; toxic colon with constipation or diarrhea.

The Complete Guide to Health and Nutrition

Gary Null (See book keywords and concepts)

When it comes to diseases like diabetes, there is a different aspect of fiber involved, guar gum; the pectins are also slightly involved. "However, I am talking primarily about the type of fiber that is going to get rid of our national constipation, which is responsible, at least in part, for diseases like bowel cancer, hemorrhoids, diverticular disease, appendicitis, varicose veins, and hiatus hernia.

Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd Edition Volume 2

Michael T. Murray, ND (See book keywords and concepts)

When diabetic patients ate between 14 and 26 g/day of guar, they required less insulin and had less glycosuria.36,40 It is interesting to note that these beneficial effects are maximized in patients consuming a diet containing at least 40% complex carbohydrates. Table 147.9 Dietary fiber content of selected foods Food Serving Calories Fiber (g) Fruits Apple (with skin) 1 medium CO 3.5 Banana 1 medium 105 24 Cantaloupe 54 melon 30 1.0 Cherries, sweet 10 49 1.2 Grapefruit 54 medium 38 1.6 Orange 1 medium 62 2.6 Peach (with skin) 1 37 1.

Textbook of Natural Medicine 2nd Edition Volume 1

Michael T. Murray, ND (See book keywords and concepts)

Effect of guar gum on body-weight, hunger ratings and metabolism in obese subjects. Br J Nutr 1984; 52: 97-105 24. Anonymous. Better than oat bran. Science News 1994; 145: 28 25. Walsh DE, Yaghoubian V, Behforooz A. Effect of glucomannan on obese patients. A clinical study. Int J Obesity 1984; 8: 289-293 26. Biancardi G, Palmiero L, Ghirardi PE. Glucomannan in the treatment of overweight patients with osteoarthrosis. Curr Ther Res 1989; 46: 908-912 27. El-Shebini SM. The role of pectin as a slimming agent. J Clini Biochem Nutr 1988; 4: 255-262 28. Solum TT, Ryttig KR, Solum E et al.

These formulas are composed of natural plant fibers derived from psyllium seed, kelp, agar, pectin, and plant gums like karaya and guar. Alternatively, they can be purified semi-synthetic polysaccharides like methyl-cellulose and carboxymethyl cellulose sodium. Psyllium-containing laxatives are the most popular and usually the most effective. Fiber formulas are the laxatives which approximate most closely the natural mechanism that promotes a bowel movement.

In one study, nine women weighing between 160 and 242 pounds were given 10 g of guar gum immediately before lunch and dinner. They were told not to consciously alter their eating habits. After 2 months, the women reported an average weight loss of 9.4 pounds -over 1 pound/week. Reductions were also noted for cholesterol and triglyceride levels.21 It is estimated that a person will lose 50-100% more weight by supplementing their diet with fiber than by simply restricting calories alone (see Table 57.

Power Healing: Use the New Integrated Medicine to Cure Yourself

Leo Galland (See book keywords and concepts)

A predominance of soluble fiber is found in psyllium seed, apple pectin, and guar gum. Beans supply about eight grams of fiber in a half cup (cooked). Most vegetables supply two to three grams of fiber in a half cup (cooked). to the intestinal wall. Insoluble fiber plays an important role in preventing excess intestinal permeability. It should be obvious that humans need a mixture of soluble and insoluble fibers in the diet and that food, not supplements, is the best source.

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