Biological effects of gum arabic: a review of some recent research.

  title={Biological effects of gum arabic: a review of some recent research.},
  author={Badreldin H Ali and Amal M Ziada and Gerald Blunden},
  journal={Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association},
  volume={47 1},
Gum arabic (GA) is a branched-chain, complex polysaccharide, either neutral or slightly acidic, found as a mixed calcium, magnesium and potassium salt of a polysaccharidic acid. The backbone is composed of 1,3-linked beta-D-galactopyranosyl units. The side chains are composed of two to five 1,3-linked beta-D-galactopyranosyl units, joined to the main chain by 1,6-linkages. Pharmacologically, GA has been claimed to act as an anti-oxidant, and to protect against experimental hepatic-, renal- and… CONTINUE READING
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