Mastic is the gummy extract of Pistacia lentiscus, also known as mastic, has been shown in one preliminary study and one double-blind study to help heal peptic ulcers. This may be related to its ability to kill Helicobacter pylori in test tubes.
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, 1 to 2 capsules, taken twice per day between meals, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
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