Rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, mastic gum has long been touted as a natural cavity-fighter. Sourced from the trunk of an evergreen tree found in the Mediterranean and in Africa, mastic gum has been found to destroy cavity-causing bacteria in some preliminary research. For instance, in a small study published in 2006, scientists discovered that chewing mastic gum helped knock out Streptococcus mutans (a type of bacteria closely linked to the development of cavities).
There's also some evidence that mastic gum may help ease indigestion. In addition, test-tube research suggests that mastic gum may offer anti-cancer effects. But while mastic gum is often recommended as a natural treatment for conditions like high cholesterol and respiratory disorders, there is currently a lack of evidence to support such claims. Further research is needed. Read the full article: Mastic Gum - What You Need to Know.