Habitat & Cultivation : Native to the Indian subcontinent, guar gum is cultivated extensively in India and Pakistan. The seed pods are harvested when ripe in summer.
Parts Used : Pods, seeds.
Constituents : Guar gum contains about 86% water-soluble mucilage, comprising mainly galactomannan
History & Folklore : Guar gum is a gel-like substance created by blending ground guar seeds with water. Its applications extend to various industries, including its use as a filter in mining, in the production of paper, and in cosmetics.
Medicinal Actions & Uses : Guar gum functions as a potent bulk laxative, demonstrating a mechanism akin to psyllium (Plantago ovata). Its action involves delaying stomach emptying, thereby retarding the absorption of carbohydrates. This property, believed to contribute to stabilizing blood sugar levels, suggests potential benefits in pre-diabetic conditions and the initial phases of late-onset diabetes. Scientific studies further support the cholesterol-lowering effects of guar gum. In traditional Indian medicine, guar seed is recognized for its dual role as a laxative and a digestive tonic.