Mastic Gum: Benefits, Ayurvedic Uses

Mastic Gum: Benefits, Ayurvedic Uses

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Is Your Face Too Small? 

For centuries, researchers have linked a diet of soft foods to a host of imbalances, including facial deformities, smaller airways, malocclusion issues, breathing concerns, and, more recently, sleep apnea, snoring, and attention deficit concerns.1 In fact, according to Sharon Moore, author of the book Sleep Wrecked Kids, many children are so compromised in normal facial development that they are not presenting wisdom teeth. This is a form of devolution where we as a species are devolving to adapt to a smaller face by not producing wisdom teeth.

In 1939, Weston Price published Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, based on a compilation of over 400 slides and 15,000 print photographs of traditional and tribal cultures, who were still eating close to the way our hunter-gatherer ancestors did.2 

Price reports on the far superior facial development, jaw size, and teeth alignment of traditional people who were not consuming soft, processed food. The tribal people he observed from around the world also had no cavities or gum disease, which was growing rampant in modernized communities.2  

In Daniel Lieberman’s book The Story of the Human Body, Price’s results were confirmed: 

“The museum I work in has thousands of ancient skulls from all over the world. Most of the skulls from the last few hundred years are a dentist’s nightmare: they are filled with cavities and infections, the teeth are crowded into the jaw, and about one-quarter of them have impacted teeth. The skulls of preindustrial farmers are also riddled with cavities and painful-looking abscesses, but less than 5 percent of them have impacted wisdom teeth. In contrast, most of the hunter-gatherers had nearly perfect dental health. Apparently, orthodontists and dentists were rarely necessary in the Stone Age.”4 

Daniel Lieberman, The Story of the Human Body

While Price relates these deformities to gross nutritional deficiencies from a modern diet, others connect it to a lack of chewing from consuming predominately soft food.1,3 

Are You Chewing Enough? 

Chewing for hours a day is how humans evolved—chomping on tough meat, hard tubers, and grinding stone-hard grains. The more we chew, the more stem cells are released, which supports optimal growth of the facial bones, chewing muscles, a wider palate and jaw, and larger airways. Chewing is not only key for breathing and straight teeth, but each time you chew, you pump blood and nutrients into the brain and flush toxins out. 

Today, some 90% of kids experience malocclusion and require orthodonture and teeth pulling because their underdeveloped jaws are too small for wisdom teeth.2 Three-quarters of us have deviated septums that are easily visible with the naked eye and half have chronically inflamed nasal turbinates, which are the turbo-chargers of breathing.1 

In research published almost a century ago, Dr. James Sim Wallace measured the difference of facial structural development of modern soft food-eaters and ancient people, who chewed traditional hunter-gatherer diets. The average size of a modern palate is 2.16 inches, while the average ancient palate is 2.37 inches.1 

Check the Shape of Your Palate

As a result of eating soft and processed food during childhood, the facial structure becomes longer and more narrow, which means less space for teeth. This narrowing of the face and jaw causes the airways to narrow as well, which makes it more difficult to breathe through the nose.

See also Is Your Face Too Small for Wisdom Teeth? Non-Invasive Therapies for Snoring, Migraines, TMJ + More

Chronic mouth breathing and a lack of chewing not only causes dental and breathing issues, but it also changes the shape of the palate (the bone that makes up the roof of your mouth). The narrower the face, the more likely the palate will become an upside down V shape versus a flat palate that acts as a resting station for the tongue. Use your thumb to feel the shape of the palate which is the bone behind the front teeth. If there is a pointed peak, like the roof of your house, you have a V shaped palate and need nose breathing and chew training. Ideally, you want a gentle dome shaped palate, suggesting a wider jaw and airway.

Learn How to Nose Breathe Properly Here. 

Learn How to Train Yourself to Breathe Through Your Nose while Sleeping Here.

Top 10 Reasons to Chew!

Learning how to chew even after the face has been fully developed can yield numerous benefits.5

  1. Help out lower digestion 
  2. Increase satisfaction + reduce food intake 
  3. Boost hunger satiation hormones 
  4. Lose weight 
  5. Boost rest-and-digest nervous system 
  6. Decrease cravings + emotional eating 
  7. Boost cognitive function 
  8. Better attention + focus 
  9. Lack of chewing linked to numerous digestive concerns 
  10. Opens airways + supports proper facial development 

See also The Benefits of Chewing Your Food Thoroughly

Why Should I Chew Mastic Gum?

Mastic gum is a resin from the Pistacia lentiscus tree that grows exclusively in and around Greece. Not only is it the world’s first chewing gum, but it sports a host of health benefits in its impressive resume. Mastic gum will also give your jaw a true workout, supporting the orofacial benefits mentioned above. It is surprisingly easy to chew for hours, unlike most gums that urge you to spit it out after just a few minutes. Chewing mastic gum releases certain acids in the resin found to support upper digestive health and much more.  

Top Ten Benefits of Chewing Mastic Gum

  1. May help relieve digestive pain, discomfort, and inflammation6,8 
  2. May help H. pylori bacteria and heartburn6-9 
  3. May help with ulcers6,8,9 
  4. May help ease symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)6,8 
  5. May help lower cholesterol6 
  6. Promotes overall liver health6 
  7. May help prevent cavities6 
  8. May help treat symptoms of allergic asthma6 
  9. May help ward off prostate cancer6 
  10. May help thwart colon cancer6 

Mastic gum has natural anti-microbial properties that are antagonistic to undesirable bacteria in the mouth when chewed. The constituents of mastic gum support a healthy oral and digestive environment that protect the body from the proliferation of opportunistic bacteria like Strep. mutans, which is linked to atrial and brain plaque. Changing the environment of the mouth may also inhibit the production of volatile sulfur compounds that are linked to bad breath.

In addition to chewing mastic gum for the benefit of the jaw, airways, and mouth, chewing it drips many of the mastic gum’s beneficial constituents into the esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines.

There are numerous studies showing that mastic gum supports relief of symptoms of indigestion or heartburn. In 1998, in The New England Journal of Medicine, mastic gum was first shown to have antimicrobial properties against the bacterium H. pylori, which is known to cause acid indigestion. Follow up studies (in a lab and not on humans) showed that mastic gum was shown to eradicate 90% of the H. pylori in a sample. 

Studies also show that the antioxidant benefits of mastic gum helped protect certain lipoproteins from oxidizing and therefore attaching to the arterial lining and encouraging damage. Mastic gum was seen to boost nitric oxide, which offers protection to the arterial lining. In a small study with 10 patients with intestinal distress, researchers found that mastic gum reduced levels of C-reactive protein, supported immune system regulation, and even enhanced quality of life.

The Best Mastic Gum 

The best brand of mastic gum I have found is called Greco Gum — resin that is hand-harvested from Chios itself. I sat down with the founder, Logan Wright, for a podcast interview covering everything you need to know about mastic gum. Listen to our interview here: Podcast Episode 145: Reasons to Chew Mastic Gum with Logan Wright.

Use code LIFESPA at for free U.S. shipping (or discounted international shipping) on your first order.

It comes in two options: small, harder “droplets” or larger, softer “nuggets” of resin pieces of different shapes and sizes. It takes a few minutes to slowly warm and chew the hard rocklike resin into actual chewing gum, but it is worth the wait.

Check with your dentist before chewing mastic gum, as it can stress and challenge dental work. Start slowly and gently and build up to chewing for one to two hours a day. If you try mastic gum, let us know what you think!

See also TMJ and Jaw Pain Release Techniques


  1. Nestor, James. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. New York: Penguin Random House, 2020.
  2. Price, Weston. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Ed 8.
  4. Lieberman, Daniel. The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease. First Vintage Books, 2014.

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  1. Nestor, James. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. New York: Penguin Random House, 2020.
  2. Price, Weston. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Ed 8.
  4. Lieberman, Daniel. The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease. First Vintage Books, 2014.

6 thoughts on “Mastic Gum: Benefits, Ayurvedic Uses”

  1. There’s many sources which say chewing gum increases vata, as chewing gum increases air in the stomach and bowels. As swelling saliva means you also swallow air.

    So I’m doubtful that regularly chewing gum is healthy.

  2. My Dentist advised me to quit chewing gums as it is like a marathon race for the jaws and it wears off the jaw bone and its joint. Not sure who to believe.

    Thank you for your interesting articles.
    This is the first time beg to differ


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