Long used as a laxative in traditional medicine, guar gum is a type of fiber sourced from plants found throughout India and Pakistan. Some studies show that this fiber-rich remedy may help alleviate constipation, as well as soothe the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (a condition estimated to affect up to 55 million Americans).
Additionally, preliminary research suggests that guar gum shows promise as a natural means of lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. But while guar gum is also often touted as a natural weight loss aid and treatment for heart-health problems like atherosclerosis, further research is needed.
It's important to note that although guar gum is generally considered safe for most people, it may cause a number of side effects (including gas and diarrhea) in some individuals. Read the article: Guar Gum - What You Need to Know.