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With the festive period looming, we need to look after our digestive health more than ever. Overindulging on mince pies, chocolate, and mulled wine, together with a big change in our usual daily routine in terms of both food and lifestyle, can cause us significant digestive discomfort if we are not careful.
Since our digestive system plays an integral role in our overall health and wellbeing, it is essential that we have an effective strategy in place to help us enjoy the Christmas festivities while maintaining a happy gut.
Read on to find out how you can support your gut health this holiday season with our top 5 digestion products.
BioAcidophilus Forte - Our most popular live bacteria product which should be a staple in every household! It provides 30 billion live bacteria per capsule of the clinically-researched LAB4 blend which consists of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium lactis. It is our go-to therapeutic live bacteria product for everyday use, and can be taken alongside antibiotics. This product is highly recommended by Registered Nutritional Therapists for a number of different clinical scenarios. Better still, it is tried and tested for WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) banned substances to ensure that they are safe for professional sports persons to use as well.
GI Complex - Another classic in the BioCare range which we've updated recently in line with the latest research. GI Complex is our most comprehensive blend of nutrients, including vitamin A, to support the gut wall (the mucus membranes lining the digestive tract). It now provides 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] and vitamin C and zinc to further support immunity,[ii],[iii] the protection of cells from oxidative stress,[iv],[v] and tissue repair.[vi] This new and improved formulation is also 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 (now as Cinnamomum zeylanicum) 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, which can be helpful when there is an issue in this area. Zinc works synergistically with these botanicals by supporting tissue repair and the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
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 brand new 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 consume 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!
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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