With the change of the upcoming season between spring and summer, it is more common to consume raw food and perhaps not perfectly preserved, and to overdo it with fizzy drinks or a few more aperitifs, which can sometimes put the stomach and intestines in crisis. To prevent inflammation of the digestive tract, such as acidity, colitis, reflux and dyspepsia, one of the most effective natural extracts is mastiha, which comes from Greece.
An anti-inflammatory remedy known since ancient times
Also recommended by Hippocrates, mastiha is an aromatic gum resin obtained from the sap of the Chia variety of the Pistacia lentiscus, a sapling that has grown for centuries only on the beautiful island of Chios, where it is still cultivated by a cooperative of certified producers. The mastic is extracted by incising the trunk and the branches of the lentisk, from which it comes out in the form of drops that solidify in contact with the air.
One gram per day is enough
Numerous scientific researches today confirm that even at low doses (one gram per day for 2 week cycles) the Chios mastiha is able to reduce inflammation of the gastritis and reduce the aggressiveness of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, one of the first responsible for ulcers: merit of its triterpene derivatives, with antibacterial and disinfectant action.
How to use anti-inflammation mastiha
Take one gram of Chios mastic resin in separate doses, spread throughout the day: one capsule (350 mg) 3 times a day for 2 weeks, with a large glass of water is sufficient. Suspend for 3 weeks and then eventually repeat the treatment, which we advise you to do again in autumn, another delicate period for inflammation. In pharmacies and herbalists, you must always request the original Chios mastic of certified organic origin.
Here are the right combinations to introduce it to your kitchen
At the beginning the taste of the mastiha is bitter, then it turns into a refreshing aroma, reminiscent of hints of anise and cedar. You can also find mastic in the form of crystals (the “tears of Chios”): you can pulverize them and use them in the kitchen to flavor bread, tarts, sorbets, couscous and fish carpaccio.
With figs and almond milk dab the post prandial burning
Do you have slow and difficult digestion? Does it burn your stomach? Do you have nausea? Half an hour before meals drink a smoothie prepared with a glass of almond milk, a fresh fig and 2 grains of mastiha reduced to dust: dab the excess acid secretion and promote satiety.
Together with peaches it helps reintegrate enzymes, water and minerals
If you do sports and sweat a lot, combine mastiha with peaches, remineralizing fruits: after physical activity, blend 2 peaches, the juice of a lemon, 3 tears of powdered mastiha and cold water. Drink right away.
To absorb less calories at the table, combine it with powdered spices
Pound 2-3 grains of mastiha in the mortar, 2 pinches of black pepper and 2 pinches of turmeric powder and use this mix to dress a sword or salmon carpaccio: make it more digestible and improve the assimilation of good fats from the series Omega 3, which reduce fats in the blood.
With the tea tree it heals the gums and also whitens the teeth
Mastiha has a strong whitening and healing power, and is useful for treating oral cavity disorders such as gingivitis and periodontitis. In the evening, dilute 2 tears of powdered mastiha resin and a drop of tea tree oil (antiseptic) in a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.