- Stimulates the secretion of saliva and digestive fluids to promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
- Helps relieve gas, bloating, cramping, upset stomach, and heartburn.
- May play a role in fighting bacterial and fungal infections.
Digest-Aid contains an exclusive blend of gentian root, fennel seed, Oregon grape root, licorice root, fresh ginger root, prickly ash bark, blue flag root, peppermint spirits, and potassium carbonate to help soothe the digestive system and promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Many of these ingredients are coveted as “bitter herbs,” which are thought to promote the secretion of saliva in the mouth and bile acids in the liver and gallbladder to stimulate digestion.
Gentian root has been used for thousands of years to as a tonic to relieve gastrointestinal discomfort and treat gallbladder problems. A bitter herb, gentian increases secretion of digestive enzymes and bile acids that are critical for digestion and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins in the small intestine. Gentian root may help improve appetite, promote satiation, and reduce gas, heartburn, and bloating. By helping the digestive system breakdown food, gentian root may also improve energy levels and reduce fatigue.
Fennel seed is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean region rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, and iron. By relaxing the colon, fennel seed is though to ease symptoms of heartburn, bloating, loss of appetite, and gas. In addition to its digestive benefits, the extract is also used to fight respiratory infection and reduce cough symptoms by decreasing respiratory mucus and loosening congestion. The stems of fennel plants can be eaten much like a celery stalk, and the seeds used to spice up dishes with an anise-like flavor.
Oregon grape root and licorice root are used orally to quell stomach upset, soothe peptic ulcers, and reduce acid reflux symptoms. As a bitter herb, it is traditionally thought to gently cleanse and detoxify the body. The Oregon grape contains alkaloids that appear to have potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant ability that help ward off infections. Additionally, licorice root possesses antispasmodic effects and contains natural compounds thought to decrease swelling, thin mucus, and stifle coughs.
Fresh ginger root is a popular flavoring spice native to warm climates that has been used to support the digestive system for thousands of years. A common remedy for stomach discomfort, nausea, and motion sickness, ginger root acts by stimulating the intestines and promoting the production of saliva, digestive juices, and bile acids to allow nutrients to move freely through the digestive system.
Prickly ash bark is thought to soothe gastrointestinal ulcers and relieve stomach cramps. In traditional Chinese medicine, prickly ash bark is used to warm the “middle burner,” meaning that it stimulates the energies in the gastrointestinal region to promote healthy digestion.
Blue flag root is used orally as a bile stimulant, laxative, and diuretic. The root contains iridin, a glycoside often used to quell liver problems and help flush out intestinal parasites. The beautiful, blue iris flower that stems from the blue flag root blooms from late spring into mid-summer.
Peppermint spirits are used to relieve the symptoms of various gastrointestinal issues including irritation, cramps, bloating, and upset stomach. Peppermint works by calming stomach muscles and increasing digestive juices, helping food quickly digest and gas quickly pass.
Potassium carbonate plays an important role in regulating the cardiovascular system. Because licorice root and blue flag root may increase the risk of potassium depletion, Digest-Aid contains potassium carbonate to prevent deficiency from occurring.
With each botanical playing a key role in digestive comfort, Digest-Aid covers all the bases to promote comprehensive gastrointestinal health. Use 20-40 drops in water or juice, 2-3 times daily, or as needed.
- If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your physician before using Digest-Aid.
- If you have high blood pressure or chronic gastrointestinal problems, consult your physician before using Digest-Aid.
- Do not take with digoxin. When taken together, blue flag root and digoxin may increase the risk of adverse effects from cardiac glycoside drugs.
- If you are currently being treated with blood-thinning agents or for gallstones, consult your physician before taking Digest-Aid.
- Fennel may cause an allergic reaction in people allergic to celery, carrot, or mugwort.
- Theoretically, licorice root may reduce the effects of antihypertensive drugs, potentiate the duration of corticosteroids, interfere with estrogen therapy, or increase the risk of potassium depletion.
- Theoretically, gentian might decrease blood pressure. Taking gentian along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to drop too low.