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Acacia Senegal Gum, also known as gum arabic has been used for thousands of years for a variety of practices. The ingredient may be found in dry grasslands of Africa and countries such as Senegal, Ghana, Sudan, Kenya, Australia, and Egypt. Acacia Senegal Gum belongs to the Class Equisetopsida, the Subclass Magnoliidae, and the Family Leguminosae/Fabaceae-Mimosoideae.
The Acacia Sengal Gum can be described as a small shrub that may reach a maximum of 15 meters in height. Characteristics for the shrub include a yellow or brown bark and smooth surface. As the shrubs mature, their surface becomes more textured.
There are four different varieties of the small tree and it produces flowers, fruit, and leaves. The gum Arabic has been used for thousands of years since the time of the Egyptians. Ingredients from the tree were once used to create ink, prepare food, crafts, and medicinal purposes.
Research indicates that Acacia Senegal Gum can be found in many of products made available for human consumption, beauty, and veterinary medicine. The ingredient has been used to bind and coat medicine tablets, it may also be found in common cold cures. Acacia Senegal Gum is also responsible for its anti-inflammatory activity, an added benefit especially in anti-aging skin care products.