Dammar Resin
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What is Dammar Resin?

Dammar Resin, obtained from the exudation of Dammer trees, mainly
consists of polysaccharides. Resins are any of numerous clear to translucent
yellow or brown, solid or semisolid, viscous substances of plant origin used
mainly in lacquers, varnishes, inks, adhesives, synthetic plastics, and
pharmaceuticals. Crude Dammar Resin is in form of white to yellow or brown
irregular shaped powders, flakes or lumps while purified resin are white to
light yellow powder, flakes or lumps.

What are the potential health benefits of Dammer Resin?

A vitro study suggests that Dammar Resin has LDL protection while another
in vitro study shows its triterpenes (such as ursonic acid, shoreic acid,
eichlerianic acid, hydroxyoleanonic lactone, dammaradienol and related
compounds) have antiviral activities against Herpes simplex virus types I and
II. [1,2]

Dammar Resin has applied in various industries. One application of Dammar
Resin is quite interesting - an atislip composition for application to the handle
of sporting apparatus. It has 10 to 50% by weight of rosin, 10 to 40% by
weight of microcrystalline wax, 10 to 50% by weight Dammar Resin or a
synthetic resin with similar properties and the balance to 100% by weight
paraffin. [U.S. Patent 4563218]


[1] Andrikopoulos NK, Kaliora AC, Assimopoulou AN, Papapeorgiou VP.
Biological activity of some naturally occurring resins, gums and pigments
against in vitro LDL oxidation. Phytother Res. 2003 May;17(5):501-7. [2]
Poehland BL, Carté BK, Francis TA, Hyland LJ, Allaudeen HS, Troupe N. In vitro
antiviral activity of dammar resin triterpenoids. J Nat Prod. 1987