Acacia is the gum that is exuded from the acacia tree. It's a dietary fiber that can dissolve in water.
As a medicine, acacia is taken by mouth to reduce cholesterol levels and to help increase weight loss.
In manufacturing, acacia is used as a pharmaceutical ingredient in medications for throat or stomach inflammation and as a film-forming agent in peel-off skin masks.
Don't confuse acacia with sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana).
How it works
Acacia is a source of dietary fiber. It tends to make people feel full, so they might stop eating earlier than they otherwise would. This might lead to weight loss and reduced cholesterol levels.
Possibly IneffectiveHigh cholesterol
Taking acacia by mouth does not seem to lower cholesterol levels.
Acacia is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food
Acacia is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts used for medical purposes. Up to 30 grams daily has been used safely for 6 weeks. However, it can cause minor adverse effects, including gas, bloating, nausea, and loose stools.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of acacia duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
MajorAmoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox)
Acacia can prevent the body from absorbing the antibiotic amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox). To prevent this interaction, take acacia at least four hours before or after taking amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox).