The gastrointestinal tract plays a vital role in breaking down and absorbing food and nutrients. A significant part of the immune system interfaces with the gastrointerstinal tract and the National Institute of Health (NIH) is investigating the role gut-bacteria play in our immune system.
Some nutritionists have suggested damage to the gut lining from stress and toxins can possibly be contributing to various health issues. Maintaining a healthy gut is also important for proper absorption and utilization of herbal and dietary supplements.
Supplements for Gut Health
L-Glutamine is an amino acid that appears to serve as fuel for intestinal cells and help heal the intestinal lining*
Digestive enzymes help break down specific parts of food. The proteolytic enzymes bromelain (from pineapple) and papain (from papay) help break down protein and appear to help with inflammation*
Boswellia has growing evidence that it has anti-inflammatory properties and has been studied in patients with irritable bowel disease*
Turmeric (curcumin) has also been studied in patients with inflammation affecting the bowel. Because Turmeric is poorly absorbed several formulations are offered that have enhanced absorption*