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This year’s festivities may be a little different to usual, however, we still might not be able to avoid overindulging in mince pies and mulled wine, which may become the cause of significant digestive discomfort, if we are not careful.
Our digestive health is also linked to our immune system, and overall health and wellbeing, so now more than ever we need to look after our guts, so we can enjoy the holiday season in a happy and healthy way.
We have put together our top five digestive products that can be used to support gut health.
BioAcidophilus Forte - Our most popular live bacteria product which should be a staple in every household! It provides a high potency blend of the unique clinically-researched LAB4 blend, which consists of two strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium lactis. It contains 30 billion live bacteria per capsule, which is guaranteed potency until end of shelf life. It is our go-to therapeutic live bacteria product for everyday use and for alongside antibiotics.
A classic in the BioCare range, GI Complex contains a combination of nucleotides, alpha lipoic acid, L-glutamine, N-acetyl glucosamine (NAG), ginger, LAB4, and an additional strain of live bacteria called Lactobacillus salivarius, alongside vitamin A which contributes to the maintenance of mucous membranes,[i] It also contains vitamin C and zinc to further support immunity[ii],[iii], protect cells from oxidative stress,[iv],[v] and support tissue repair[vi].
GI Complex is our most comprehensive blend of nutrients to support the integrity of the gut wall, in particular the mucus membranes that line the digestive tract. It is dairy- and fructooligosaccharide (FOS)-free to make it even more suitable for those with a sensitive gut. This product is an excellent choice for those who are looking to simultaneously support their gut wall and overall immunity. Being a powder, it is convenient for those who struggle with capsules or tablets, simply prefer a powder, want to start with a low dose and build up slowly, or want the flexibility of blending supplements into their daily smoothie!
Slippery Elm Intensive - This is another high strength powder in our range, which provides a blend of slippery elm, marshmallow, zinc, gamma oryzanol, deglycyrrhized (DGL) licorice, aloe vera, and cinnamon to support and soothe the digestive system. Slippery elm, together with most of the other botanicals provided in this product, are a source of mucilage. Mucilage is a gel-like substance produced by certain plants upon contact with moisture. Being a powder, this mucilage will be able to coat the lining of the upper digestive tract from the moment it is swallowed. Zinc works synergistically with these botanicals by supporting tissue repair and the protection of cells from oxidative stress.[v]
Polyzyme Forte - Our highest potency broad-spectrum digestive enzyme complex which provides a range of vegetable-derived, acid-resistant enzymes, including bromelain, lipase, protease, amylase, cellulase, lactase, maltase, and sucrase, alongside Lactobacillus acidophilus live bacteria for additional support. This is a great option at this time of the year when we indulge more than normal to help minimise extra pressure on our digestive system.
Prebio NutriPowder - Our all-in-one blend of soluble prebiotic fibre to support the balance of the gut microbiome and overall gut health. In line with cutting edge research, this product provides inulin, FOS, galactooligosaccharides (GOS), acacia gum, larch arabinogalactans, pectin, prune, green banana resistant starch, and marshmallow. Researchers, notably Dr. Jeff Leach of The Human Food Project, are professing the importance of a diverse plant intake to optimal health, which harks back to the plant-rich/fibre-rich diet which we thrived off for the majority of human history.[vii]
Our Prebio NutriPowder is a convenient way of helping people to achieve this while they gradually work to increase the number of different types of plants (e.g. fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, pulses, legumes) which they eat on a weekly basis, aiming for at least 30 different types of a wide variety of colours. Some people find this dietary change quite difficult for various reasons, so this product is a great safety net for them. It is naturally mild in flavour, gently sweet, and resilient to higher temperatures, which means it can be added to a range of different drinks/foods, including yoghurt, smoothies, healthy baked treats, porridge, muesli, and even hot drinks such as a turmeric latte!
After a long, tough year it is understandable if you want to let your hair down, eat, drink and be merry, however, make sure you give your digestive system some support so it can handle those changes! If you would like any further information or more tailored support, please do not hesitate to contact our Clinical Nutrition team on 0121 433 8702 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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[i] Pavert S et al. Maternal retinoids control type 3 innate lymphoid cells and set the offspring immunity, Nature, 2014; 508(7494): 123-127
[ii] Hemilä H, Chalker E. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Jan 31 (1): CD000980
[iii] Read SA et al. The role of zinc in antiviral immunity. Adv Nutr. 2019; 10 (4): 696-710
[iv] Padayatty SJ et al. Vitamin C as an antioxidant: evaluation of its role in disease prevention. J Am Coll Nutr. 2003; 22 (1): 18-35
[v] Prasad A et al. Clinical, immunological, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant roles of zinc. Experimental gerontology 2008; 43(5) 370-377
[vi] Bhutta ZA et al. Therapeutic effects of oral zinc in acute and persistent diarrhea in children in developing countries: pooled analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000; 72 (6): 1516-22
[vii] Leach JD, Sobolik KD. High dietary intake of prebiotic inulin-type fructans in the prehistoric Chihuahuan Desert. Br J Nutr. 2010; 103 (11): 1558-61