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Product Spotlight: Digestive Health

Probiotic Complex & Digestive Enzyme Complex

We hope you’ve had a chance to take a look at our fresh new branding and love it as much as we do! You may not realise but our supplements have changed both inside and out. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure our research and development is as up-to-date as our new look. That’s why our Probiotic and Digestive Enzyme Complexes are better than they’ve ever been. With extra ingredients, 100% natural excipients and new delayed-release veggie capsules, they are polished, perfected and raring to go! Read on to find out how two of our best sellers just got better…

Probiotic Complex

Our Probiotic Complex is a potent supply of healthy bacteria which work to support the digestive system. This in turns helps to reduce digestive problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome, whilst promoting maximum absorption of nutrients from the food you eat.
Poor fluid intake, excess alcohol consumption, low fibre and high fat diets all contribute to poor digestive health, and medications – especially antibiotics – can deplete your body’s natural stores of healthy bacteria. Whereas some nutrients are plentiful in day-to-day foods, sources of probiotics are harder to come across. Including things such as pickles, sauerkraut, live yoghurt and miso into your diet will provide some healthy bacteria. But if these aren’t things you’d typically eat often, supplementation may be the best way to support your digestive health.

Our New and Improved Probiotic Complex

The beneficial potential of probiotics is something which is highly researched. As part of our rebranding process, we made it our mission to ensure our probiotic complex was the best it could be in line with the most recent evidence. We found that the best supplements should a) Provide multiple strains of probiotics, and b) Reach the digestive system live. So, we reformulated our capsules to ensure they did just that!

  • Multi-Strain Formula – Healthy adults produce a range of intestinal bacteria. A good probiotic supplement should mimic this multispecies combination to encourage digestive health. Our complex contains a highly potent probiotic blend of 6 active strains, having recently added the Streptococcus Thermophiles strain. Studies have shown multi-strain probiotics to be far more effective than mono-strain in encouraging the body to produce healthy bacteria.
  • Delayed Release Capsules – Another upgrade to our Probiotic Complex is the capsules they come in. Probiotics need protection as they travel from the stomach to the intestinal tract where they are colonised. Without this, the acidic environment may cause premature activation of strains, which can destroy the bacteria before it gets to the gut. The World Health Organisation defines probiotics as “live micro-organisms which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” – the key word being live! Our new capsules have been designed to offer 30 minutes protection from stomach acid, ensuring your probiotics are still live when they arrive in the intestinal fluid.
  • Potent Dosage – Probiotic supplement doses are measured in ‘Colony-Forming Units’, or CFUs. The number of CFUs can be used to estimate how may bacteria in the probiotics have potential to form beneficial colonies. Numbers over 1 billion indicate that bacteria are live and so active in the gut. Our 6-strain formulation provides 10 billion CFUs, which is more than sufficient to benefit digestive health.

 

Digestive problems are common and brought on by variety of factors such as illness, medication, lifestyle and diet. Look after your gut by ensuring you get plenty of fluids and fibre, whilst avoiding fatty foods and cutting down on caffeine. Supplementing your diet with our Probiotic Complex is a convenient way to replenish your body’s natural healthy bacteria and so support digestive health.

 

Digestive Enzymes Complex

We eat food but absorb nutrients – so how do we turn food into nutrients? Well, our digestive system works to break down the large molecules found in food into smaller ones which can be absorbed and utilised in the body – nutrients. None of this could happen without digestive enzymes. Found in the mouth, stomach, pancreas and small intestine, digestive enzymes work from the moment you start eating to separate food into its component parts – fat, protein and carbohydrate – before moving on to help absorb vitamins and minerals. These enzymes are super important, if we don’t have enough we could be eating the best diet in the world but failing to absorb all that good nutrition.

Poor digestive health, poor diet, disease and even stress could hinder your body’s ability to produce digestive enzymes. Symptoms of not producing enough enzymes include common ailments such as IBS, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, fatigue and allergies. Those who do not produce enough may end up deficient in nutrients regardless of having an adequate intake.

Our New and Improved Digestive Enzyme Complex

As with our Probiotics, we have been working hard to ensure that our Digestive Enzyme Complex is the best it can be. That’s why we’ve added a further 5 enzymes to the complex and encapsulated them in our new acid resistant capsules. We’ve upgraded our formulation and couldn’t be happier with the end result. Here’s all you need to know about our new and improved Digestive Enzymes Complex…

  • 13 Active Enzymes –We’ve added a further 5 enzymes to our previous complex of 8, giving you a broad spectrum of benefits – 13 is your new lucky number! Each enzyme contributes to a different digestive process, breaking down protein, fat, carbohydrate and even DNA. This makes it easier for the body to extract and absorb nutrients, helping to promote optimal nutritional status and so protect against deficiency.
  • Now Contains Bromelain and Papain – Bromelain is an enzyme extract which has been linked to anti-inflammatory processes and is even thought to have an anti-ageing effect. Found in pineapple stems and juice, the effect of Bromelain on reducing swelling and aiding recovery is thought to be good for your skin and even protective against osteoarthritis. We’ve also added Papain to our complex – an enzyme derived from papaya which has been shown to be very effective in breaking down protein in foods.
  • Delayed Release Veggie Capsules – Protecting enzymes from stomach acid is crucial as the acidic pH denatures them and stops them from working. Our Digestive Enzymes are now encapsulated in acid-resistant capsules, ensuring they are active when they pass through your system. Our new capsules are also vegetarian, unlike most delayed-release capsules which are derived from Gelatine – an animal-based product which can leave an unpleasant after taste.

Our new formulas, extra ingredients and delayed-release veggie caps mean that our digestive health range is better than ever. Our Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes contain nothing but active ingredients and 100% natural excipients (rice bran and rice concentrate). We hope you love our rebranded, reformulated products as much as we do – they are available NOW on the Natural Nutrients website!

 

References
KAJANDER, K., KROGIUS-KURIKKA, L., RINTTILÄ, T., KARJALAINEN, H., PALVA, A. and KORPELA, R. (2007), Effects of multispecies probiotic supplementation on intestinal microbiota in irritable bowel syndrome. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 26: 463–473.
The efficacy of probiotics in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review. Moayyedi P, Ford AC, Talley NJ, Cremonini F, Foxx-Orenstein AE, Brandt LJ, Quigley EM. 2010 Mar;59(3):325-32.
Nopchinda S, Varavithya W, Phuapradit P, et al. Effect of bifidobacterium Bb12 with or without Streptococcus thermophilus supplemented formula on nutritional status. J Med Assoc Thai. 2002 Nov;85 Suppl 4:S1225-31.
Hale LP, Greer PK, Trinh CT, James CL (April 2005). “Proteinase activity and stability of natural bromelain preparations”. International Immunopharmacology. 5 (4): 783–93.
Ménard R, Khouri HE, Plouffe C, Dupras R, Ripoll D, Vernet T, Tessier DC, Lalberté F, Thomas DY, Storer AC (July 1990). “A protein engineering study of the role of aspartate 158 in the catalytic mechanism of papain”. Biochemistry. 29 (28): 6706–13

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