The Digestive System
Herbs that make a slippery substance when combined with water, providing a soothing effect on inflammed tissues, are known as mucilaginous herbs. Slippery Elm is an example of such an herb.
Food Enzymes is a broad-spectrum enzyme combination to supplement the body's production of the enzymes necessary to digest all food types, except lactose (milk sugar). For example, pepsin is used for the digestion of proteins in an acid environment, provided by betaine hydrochloride (HCl); pancreatin is produced by the pancreas to digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats in alkaline environments; mycozyme digests starches; papain and bromelain digest protein; bile salt makes fats soluble and prepares them for further digestion by lipase.
Proactazyme Plus is another broad-spectrum enzyme combination that helps with the digestion of all food types except lactose (milk sugar). Unlike Food Enzymes, it contains enzymes from plant sources only. Digestive enzymes may be in short supply in some people, and supplementing with them allows the body to get maximum nutrition from the diet and support efficient digestion. Proactazyme Plus contains amylase, glucoamylase, lipase, cellulase, invertase, malt diastase, alpha galactosidase and peptidase to digest all types of food. It also contains a blend of protease formulated to digest proteins at various pH levels ranging from 3.0 to 6.0. New enzymes added to the formula help break down sugars, vegetable fibers, long-chain starches and proteins. This formula contains only plant-sourced enzymes, thus it works well for vegetarians. Take 1-2 capsules with each meal. May also be used between meals.
PDA Combination supplements the body's digestive secretions which help break down protein. As people age, they usually produce less HCl, which affects the amount of protein they can absorb. An additional problem with incomplete protein digestion is imbalances in the flora which feed on these compounds.
PDA (Protein Digestive Aid)
Each tablet contains 325 mg (five grains) of betaine HCl, supplying dilute hydrochloric acid and 20 mg (1 grain) of pepsin, a natural protein digesting enzyme. Directions: Do not chew or dissolve these tablets in the mouth. Take one to four tablets with meals three times daily.
Intestinal Soothe & Build (formerly UC3-J) is an herbal combination to absorb toxins, reduce inflammation, promote healing, soothe the bowel, give bulk to the stool and promote the growth of friendly colonic bacteria. It has traditionally been used to help ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, intestinal irritation, and abdominal pains. (Supplements deficient conditions.)
Intestinal Soothe & Build
"Intestinal Soothe & Build" is a formula designed to provide nutrients the intestinal tract needs to function properly. The intestines contain millions of bacteria, both good and bad. The good bacteria (flora) help the body process nutrients. Improperly digested or slow-moving food may allow abnormal proliferation of the bad bacteria that normally are small in number. Some kinds of bad bacteria are able to produce powerful acids or alkalies which normally are not harmful if held in check by friendly flora.
Directions: Three capsules with meals three times each day, or as desired, as an addition to the everyday diet. Each capsule contains 400 mg of:
Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus rubra) Chamomile Flowers (Matricaria recutita) Plantain Leaves (Plantago major) Rose Hips Fruit (Rosa canina) Bugleweed Aerial Parts (Lycopus americanus) Marshmallow Root Concentrate (Althaea officinalis)
Stomach-Comfort is a combination of natural ingredients that help neutralize acid, soothe the stomach, improve digestion and control acid reflux, a condition in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus via the esophageal (cardiac) sphincter.
Stomach Comfort contains calcium carbonate, alginic acid (from kelp) slippery elm bark, ginger, papaya fruit, licorice root concentrate and wintergreen oil. Calcium carbonate is alkaline in nature and helps reduce the pain from "heartburn." Alginic acid, which is converted to sodium alginate, helps protect the mucus lining of the esophagus against acid irritation, thus reducing the discomfort associated with reflux. Slippery elm bark coats and soothes the digestive tract while ginger root, papaya fruit and licorice root concentrate work synergistically to aid proper digestion. Wintergreen oil gives Stomach-Comfort a refreshing and pleasant taste.
Recommendation: One bottle of Stomach-comfort contains 60 tablets. Take two tablets when you experience digestive difficulty. Use Stomach-Comfort only for quick, temporary relief. Remember that persistent digestive problems may be a sign of a more serious health concern.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has traditionally been used for liver dysfunctions, fungus and viral infections of the liver, and inflammation of the liver. It has been used for hepatitis, alcoholism, and cirrhosis of the liver. Research has proven that milk thistle protects and helps regenerate the liver. The primary ingredient found in milk thistle that is responsible for its beneficial effects is silymarin, which has been the subject of numerous liver-health studies. Silymarin helps liver cells regenerate and stabilizes liver cell membranes. It actually changes the structure of the outer liver cell membrane, preventing toxins and poisons from entering the cell. Milk thistle helps protect the liver from the toxins it collects and breaks down.
Milk Thistle Combination
Milk Thistle Combination provides nutrients that must be present for the liver to perform its 500 or more functions. This long-time favorite boasts liver-protecting and free-radical fighting ingredients like milk thistle extract (standardized to 80 percent silymarin), dandelion root, choline bitartrate and inositol, plus N-Acetyl-Cystine (NAC). NAC optimizes the production of glutathione in the liver. Glutathione is used in the breakdown and elimination of toxins in the body. NAC is also a powerful antioxidant that helps support the liver, eyes, prevents nerve degeneration, and protects against oxidative damage.
Papaya has traditionally been used to aid indigestion, flatulence, gas, heartburn, nausea, belching, loss of appetite and bad breath. It supplements deficient conditions by providing digestive enzymes.
Papaya Mint Chewable Tablets nutritionally support the digestive system and, like peppermint oil, can also be used as a tasty breath mint. Papaya fruit contains proteolytic enzymes that function in the digestion of protein, while peppermint leaves contain aromatic compounds capable of triggering the production of digestive fluids. Together they form a powerful team to support the digestive system.
Ingredients: Each tablet contains papaya fruit, peppermint leaf, fructose and sorbitol. Recommendation: Chew two tablets one-half hour before each meal, or as desired, as an addition to the everyday diet.
Gastro Health (formerly Herbal H-p Fighter) is designed to both inhibit the growth of dangerous Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria and to sooth the stomach irritation and discomfort H. pylori causes.
Research scientists rocked the medical world with the discovery that many stomach ulcers are actually caused by H. pylori. The conventional opinion was that stress was the prime causative agent. It was formerly believed that stress increased the stomach acid which caused ulcers. Now we know that H. pylori infection causes persistent stomach inflammation, known as chronic superficial gastritis, that if left unchecked will lead to painful ulcers.
Ulcers and their symptoms reign as one of the most common ailments in the U.S. Medications such as Tagamet and Zantac are among the best selling pharmaceuticals in the nation. Unfortunately, such drugs merely treat ulcer symptoms. They can relieve the burning sensation, gas and upset stomach that typically accompany ulcers, but they do nothing about the ulcer itself. Moreover, any antibiotic that might be prescribed to treat an H. pylori infection would not only kill the bad bacteria but would also kill off the friendly flora needed by the body's digestive system.
Gastro Health combines four herbs that may help support the digestive system during times of stomach distress, strain and discomfort. Scientific studies have shown three of these herbs -- pau d'arco extract, cloves powder extract and Inula racemosa powder -- actually inhibit the activity of H. pylori bacteria. These same herbs have been shown not to inhibit other friendly bacteria that exist in the digestive and intestinal tracts. This formula also contains deglycyrrhizinated licorice extract (DGLE). Clinical studies show DGLE to be capable of helping sooth stomach irritations and associated discomfort.
Recent research has shown that the H. pylori bacteria may be responsible for many other stomach problems in addition to ulcers, including GERD. Individuals who suffer from GERD who are not helped significantly with digestive enzymes (and by better chewing habits) may find that Gastro Health can help their condition.
Medical science has discovered that many stomach problems, including ulcers, are associated with a bacteria called __________.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
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