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— January 6, 2020

Soothing Digestive Aids

By Lisa James
  • These supplements and herbs can help keep your GI tract happy and healthy.
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“It’s only indigestion,” you tell yourself while swallowing an over-the-counter remedy for the fourth time this week.

Sometimes, you’re right: It is only an isolated incident of indigestion, or constipation, or heartburn, or bloating. It happens to everyone from time to time.

But if you keep reaching for those pills, something more significant may be going on. Digestive diseases—a category that includes ailments from peptic ulcers to colitis to everything in between—account for more than 36 million practitioner visits a year, according to the National Institutes of Health.

You should always have worrisome symptoms checked out by a professional. In addition, you should consider giving your gastrointestinal system nutrients and herbs that help promote not only symptom relief but also optimal digestive function—because if your body can’t extract full nutritive value from the food you eat, any other attempts you make at living a healthy lifestyle aren’t going to matter too much.

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WHAT IT IS

HOW IT HELPS THE DIGESTIVE TRACT

Apple pectin 

A type of fiber extracted from apples; pectin accounts for as much as 20% of the apple’s flesh

Serves as a prebiotic, a food for the digestive tract’s healthy probiotic microbes, and inhibits growth of harmful bacteria; may also aid in weight loss and help lower cholesterol and glucose levels

Arabinogalactans

A type of fiber found in many plants; often taken from a tree called the Western larch (Larix occidentalis)

Increases production of a fatty acid called butyrate, which is crucial for colon health; has also been found to boost immune function

Bromelain 

An enzyme found in all parts of the pineapple plant
(
Ananas comosus)

Breaks down protein; increases availability of nutrients when taken with food while helping to fight inflammation when taken on an empty stomach

Ginger

A tropical plant, Zingiber officinale; source of the common kitchen spice

Has a long history of use in traditional medicine as a remedy for nausea, stomachache and diarrhea; used today to ease motion sickness; also helps reduce inflammation and muscle pain

Indian cluster bean

A bean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba), similar in appearance to the common green bean, used in Indian cooking; also called guar

Long used in Ayurvedic medicine as a laxative and a therapeutic agent for diabetes; has been found to reduce glucose and blood pressure levels; may also support bone and heart health

L-glutamine

The body’s most abundant amino acid; found in beans, cabbage and nuts in addition to animal-based protein

Helps maintain bowel wall integrity; reduces inflammation and balances mucus production within the intestines; also promotes better brain health and exercise performance

Papain

An enzyme extracted from unripe papayas (Carica papaya)

Encourages the breakdown and assimilation of proteins; also used as an anti-inflammatory agent

Probiotics

Beneficial microbes that inhabit the digestive tract; includes various species of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus bacteria

Crucial for proper digestion; helps maintain bowel wall health; also helps modulate immune response, which reduces inflammation, and promotes healthy neurological function

Serrapeptase

An enzyme initially isolated from silkworm cocoons; now available in supplement form

Helps break down proteins; has been found to curb inflammation and may help ease pain; may also reduce infection risk by attacking biofilm, a protective barrier formed by harmful bacteria

Turmeric

A plant, Curcuma longa, native to India and used in that country’s cuisine; source of the supplement curcumin

Long used by Ayurvedic practitioners to improve digestion and dispel gas, uses now backed by studies; supports a healthy gut microbiome; also used to ease inflammation and joint pain

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