It is used as a thickener and emulsifier in food items. It is also used as a laxative in case of digestive problems. Dentists use it as a denture adhesive in making false teeth. It is also used as a food additive and stabilizer. In Vietnam, Java olive gum is used for beverage purposes as a medicinal drink. It can be add in an herbal tea to make it sweeter. Karaya gum swells in the intestine, which stimulates the digestive tract to push stool through.
Health Benefits: cure skin diseases, remedy for constipation, mild laxative, high in magnesium, reduce sugar in blood, helps for weather allergy, increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).
Taste: sweet – Nature: cool