Gum Arabic used in chronic renal failure


Gum arabic (GA) has been used in the treatment of chronic renal failure. Animal experiments
indeed reveal several favourable renal effects of GA including decrease of plasma phosphate
concentration, lowering of blood pressure and reduction of proteinuria. Moreover, GA exerts
several extrarenal effects with therapeutic potential, such as slowing of intestinal glucose
transport, which may be useful in the prophylaxis and treatment of obesity and diabetes as
well as decrease of angiogenin and ß-catenin expression, which may counteract development
of colon carcinoma and inflammatory disorders. At this stage clinical studies are warranted to
test whether similar beneficial effects could be accomplished in human disease

Cr.Omaima Nasir
(Department of Medical Laboratory, Faculty of Medical Applied Sciences, Turabah,Taif University)
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