Monthly Archives: January 2020

  • Obesity, increasing cholesterol, heart disease, Diabetes are the rampant lifestyle diseases that are spreading with a multiplier effect. People living in all corners of the world are facing such issues. Thus there is an urge to move to a healthier lifestyle as well as natural therapy or treatment path causing lesser side effects on other systems of the body. Guar Gum, a natural product has the answer to all these problems.

     What is Guar Gum?

    Guar Gum is manufactured from the seeds of a leguminous plant commonly as Cluster beans. It is a polysaccharide of galactomannan in the ratio of 2:1. The seeds are dried, dehusked to reveal the endosperm layer. This endosperm is ground to make Guar Gum powder. This gum is a good gelling agent, thickening agent, acts as a wonderful stabilizer in food preparations, etc.

     Medicinal Benefits

    Guar Gum has an abundance of water soluble fibers. Upon consumption, it renders the benefit of lowering the blood cholesterol level. The fibers are thought to cause this effect. The complexity of these fibers exhibits slow digestion in the human body. This helps to reduce the glycemic index of the meal triggering the lesser pancreatic activity, in turn, alleviate the hyperglycemic condition.

    guar gum a therapy for hypercholesterolemia hyperglycemia and obesity

    The crux of this magic lies in the intake of dietary fibers of guar gum which stimulates to improve the serum biochemical profile of the human blood. It reduces total serum cholesterol, triglycerides which are basically fats  and simultaneously increases high density lipoproteins level. Thus the reprofiling of the bodily system upon regular intake of guar gum fibers help to combat obesity and hypercholesterolemia levels thus decreasing the risk of heart disease to a substantial level. Furthermore, guar gum seems to be an effective agent to reduce the level of LDL cholesterol without affecting HDL cholesterol level adding to the process of weight loss.

     

    Hyperglycemia On consuming guar gum along with the food, the fibers present inside prevents any surge in blood glucose levels. Guar gum adds bulk to food, it further reduces the rate of gastric juices emptying into the small intestine increasing the time of digestion. This delay in digestion stimulates the overall decrease in pancreatic activity and keeps a check on glucose level. The slow digestion also helps to alleviate the satiety of a person, therefore, controlling the overall calorie intake. Guar gum has a mucilaginous texture which enhances the fecal elimination of bile acids from the body. Cholesterol is required to trigger the production of bile acids, so in this way, cholesterol gets used up too.

    Guar gum, therefore, proves out to be beneficial in treating all the three conditions that are interrelated. Alleviation in one issue can help achieve the optimum level for the other two disorders.

    The Bottom Line

    Agro Gums manufactures natural gums and derivatives which are used as raw material for the Pharmaceutical industry in making several medicines. The company has been supplying these gum for various purposes for multiple industries. The authenticity and purity of the offered product have carved the path of this company.

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  • With increasing pollution, there is a growing concern among people to identify ways to resolve these issues. Keeping a check on environmental degradation has become the importance of the utmost level. Plastics are one of the contributing factors in this. There is extensive use of plastic as carrying bags or product packaging. These plastics are either thrown in open or discharged directly into the water bodies. Either way, the plastic molecules get leached out in their surroundings and ascends the pollution. Therefore it is tickling everyone’s mind to stop the overuse of plastic and switch to a better option which could be Guar gum in this case. It makes a wonderful alternative to plastic packaging.

     

    Guar Gum as an alternative to Plastic

    Polyvinyls or polyethene fused with Guar Gum renders a suitable option to be used as biodegradable plastics also known as bioplastics. Since guar gum is a naturally occurring substance it can be easily subjected to microbial degradation and help will not contribute further to any pollution. There is research being conducted on switching completely to bioplastics film which can be incorporated into product packaging. If implemented successfully, it can play an instrumental role in alleviating environmental pollution. Biopolymer stays low in some challenges which are poorer mechanical, thermal and barrier properties. Nano-sized fillers of biopolymers can be assessed for this and guar gum appeared to be an option worth considering. Guar gum has a complex polysaccharide chain, its thermal stability at 80°C and wide availability make it a potential candidate. But it can’t be used in its amateur state to produce biofilms rather there are some modifications required.

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    Modifications in Guar Gum

    Guar gum was hydrophobically modified after its condensation with an acid and a base. The film produced the aftermath of this chemical treatment showed that hydrophobic residues aligned on the outside of the core. It was a shiny film and could be used as a bio plasticizer. It was tested for thermal stability and found to be stable, maintaining its intactness even at 100°C. Further, it was tested for microbial action for a period of one month and no fungal or other activities occurred in this film. These experiments showed that this film was fit to be used as a packaging material.

    Growing concern over pollution and eagerness to switch to a better alternative is thus creating a potential market for bioplastics in the coming future. Every nation and continent is focusing on making this earth an improved version of what it is today. So this market and thus the guar gum proves to be a suitable bio film to be used as packaging material to reduce the burden or reliability on plastics.

     

     

    The Bottom Line

    Agro Gums, a company with future vision and strategizing to enforce this vision in the present day is one of the pioneer companies to supply natural gum and its derivatives as an intermediate product for other dependent industries. The authentic product quality , assurance, and a great supply chain network mark the success story of the company. The company has been serving and delivering its vision for the last thirty years.

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