Whether you’ve been on prescription medication, planning your next holiday abroad, changing towards a healthier lifestyle or just feeling a little bloated, looking after your gut health can be the answer to solving many of your digestive and general health issues. Abdominal cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea are just some of the unpleasant symptoms that thousands of Brits endure, including those with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Here are our favourite products to help support good gut health.
Go Nutrition Inulin
Inulins are also known as Fructo-Oligosaccharides which are a form of fibre found in many fruits and vegetables. The Inulin from GoNutrition.com is extracted from Chicory Root which makes it both vegan friendly and suitable for anyone with a gluten intolerance. This fibre was recently featured on the BBC programme with Angela Rippon, ‘How To Stay Young’ where is was said to help reduce visceral fat.
Inulin is considered to be a prebiotic. Good bacteria in your digestive system are able to utilise it in order to produce a number of nutrients that are beneficial towards human health. It can also promote digestive health by speeding up intestinal transit and increasing faecal bulk. The recommended intake of dietary fibre in the UK is 30g per day, as Go Nutrition Inulin contains a huge 4.45g fibre per 5g serving it makes a great product for increasing your intake of this essential nutrient.
Inulin is suitable for anyone looking to increase their intake of dietary fibre. Inulin is very versatile and can be stirred into sauces, added to shakes or baked into bread and cakes without altering the flavour. Dietary fibre is a very important element of the diet as it can help to increase satiety and keep you from snacking. Costs £9.99 for 250g from www.gonutrition.com
Solgar Botanical Digestive Complex
This complex provides a harmonised formula to support digestive health and function containing Gentian Root, Yarrow Leaf and Dandelion Root which all increase saliva and intestinal juices. It also contains Peppermint Leaf which has compounds which have an antispasmodic action thereby preventing the involuntary contractions associated with intestinal muscle spasm also peppermint promote the expulsion of intestinal gas and improve the flow of bile.
Also contains Chamomile Flower and Lemon Balm Leaf which acts as a carminative, improving digestive peristalsis and supporting general intestinal function. Fennel Seed has smooth muscle relaxing effect which may then lead to a reduction in bloating and indigestion. £18.39 for 60 capsules
Solgar Comfort Zone Digestive Complex
Solgar Comfort Zone Digestive Complex provides an advanced combination of naturally derived digestive enzymes and synergistic botanicals to help support optimal nutritional status which benefits both digestion and overall health. The plant-based enzymes used in this formula provide digestive capability over a wider pH range compared to animal enzymes and support digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fibre.
Comfort Zone Digestive Complex contains several carbohydrate digesting enzymes, notably alpha-galactosidase which helps break down fermentable carbohydrates, such as beans, resulting in a reduction in abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence. Digestion of dietary proteins is aided by bromelain and papain which also helps digestion of the gliadin components of gluten (so enhancing tolerance to gluten in the diet). By including cellulase in the complex, digestion of fibrous foods is enhanced by the hydrolysing (breaking down) of the beta–glycosidic bonds in plants. £18.08 for 90 capsules
Bio-Synergy Body Perfect Colon Detox
Bio-Synergy Body Perfect Colon Detox is a colon cleansing dietary supplement that assists in weight loss and toxin cleansing.
It contains a unique blend of ingredients including Psyllium Husk Powder, Alfalfa and Fennel Seed Herb Powder. Bio-Synergy Body Perfect Colon Detox costs £24.99 for 60 capsules and is available from www.bio-synergy.uk
ProfBiotics Bowel is a dietary food supplement which combines a high concentration of curcumin (an active dietary compound found in the Indian spice turmeric) with green tea to support bowel wellbeing and reduce bloating.
The formula contains 240mg of Curcumin extract which is the equivalent of six teaspoons of turmeric, and the same quality of polyphenols found in three cups of green tea, which some may find difficult to consume each day through diet alone. It also contains 500IU Vitamin D3. ProfBiotics Bowel costs £29.50 for a month’s supply and is available from www.profbiotics.com
Cytoplan, the UK’s leading food-based supplement company, has developed Cyto-biotic active – their most ‘active’ live bacteria supplement to date. Cyto-biotic active contains an optimal 9 strains of native live bacteria, including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium . It boasts versatility as it comes in a powder form allowing the dosage to be completely controlled, meaning that it is suitable for ALL ages.
This excellent vegan powder stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut to help maintain its natural harmony. Cyto-biotic active is completely free from wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, dairy and additives. Cyto-biotic active costs £22.20 for 50g and £43.20 for 100g and is available from www.cytoplan.co.uk
Potter’s Cleansing Herbs Tea
Cleanse from the inside out with this unique product which is taken as a convenient loose leaf tea. Potter’s Cleansing Herbs Tea is a special infusion of tried and trusted herbs for digestive health, including senna and frangula.
It can be used for short-term relief of occasional constipation. Costs £4.24 and is available in Holland & Barrett, Boots, and all good health food stores.
Health Plus Colon Care
Colon Care has been designed specifically to help maintain the healthy function of the digestive system and to cleanse the gut of waste material.
It is a non-laxative combination of herbal digestives and natural fibre sources such as sarsaparilla, oat bran, corn silk, beet fibre and walnut regia (amongst others). It is a gentle formula to naturally cleanse the gut. Available from www.healthplus.co.uk and Amazon – £9.95 for 28 day supply
Veganicity Turmeric Extra
Turmeric Extra is a combination of turmeric, black pepper, ginger root, bromelain (found in pineapple) to help improved the digestive system.
The ginger is soothing and can be help IBS symptoms too. £11.95 for 30 capsules and available from www.veganicity.com and Amazon.