Digestive Enzymes and Other Digestive System Aids
Digestive enzymes and aids are herbs and minerals that assist with the digestive process, helping to move food along the digestive tract. They can also prevent bloating, flatulence and diarrhea, and help with constipation.
Bromelain: digestive enzymes from fresh pineapple.
Charcoal: one of nature’s finest absorbent agents. It ‘captures’, or binds up, unwanted materials and gas then carries it safely through the digestive system. Good for flatulence and diarrhea.
Chromium: works with insulin in assisting cells to take in glucose and release energy. Food sources of chromium are meats, unrefined foods (whole grains, fruits and vegetables), fats and vegetable oils. Chromium is a popular supplement for promoting weight loss and stemming food cravings.
Ginger: both fresh or dried improve digestive secretions.
Lecithin: vital fat emulsifier, stabilizer and antioxidant, contains valuable fatty acid and can be found in soy beans and egg yolk. It is valuable for reducing blood cholesterol levels. Lecithin has been shown to reduce degeneration of the arteries and vital organs, so helping to maintain healthy neural function. Found in soy beans and egg yolk.
Peppermint: an effective remedy to regulate the digestive system. It has a calming effect on the smooth muscle of the digestive tract and is useful against chills, colic, headaches, indigestion, nausea, IBS and abdominal spasms.
Psyllium husk: laxative, high in fiber and viscous lubricants. Psyllium husk comes from the crushed seeds of the Plantago ovata plant, a herb native to parts of Asia, Mediterranean regions of Europe, and North Africa. Similar to oats and wheat, psyllium is rich in soluble fiber and is also good for people with high cholesterol. Speeds food along the digestive tract.
Senna: herbal laxative used for relief of constipation.
Zinc: a mineral that forms part of powerful antioxidant digestive enzymes essential for the functioning of the immune system. Research suggests that zinc deficiency contributes to the slimming disease anorexia nervosa by impairing the sense of taste and smell, and therefore the desire to eat.