A natural and effective approach
In case of gastro-esophageal reflux, it is essential to take action against its symptoms, solving them rapidly and completely without jeopardising the physiological functionality of the stomach, without leaving the gastric mucosa in a state of imbalance between “protective” and “aggressive” factors, avoiding the worsening of symptoms that would lead to lesions in the esophagus and even more serious disorders affecting other organs, such as heart, lungs, etc.
GSE and reflux
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), well-known for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and parasiticidal properties, recognized by Laboratories and Institutes worldwide, has been recently employed by a group of researchers at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow (Poland), with the aim of studying its potential properties with particular reference to the protection of the gastrointestinal mucosa. Studies have confirmed the researchers’ hypotheses, highlighting both the gastroprotective role of Grapefruit Seed Extract, as well as its ability to accelerate healing processes.
GSE’s mechanisms of action have been shown to be as follows: activation of the endogenous synthesis of prostaglandins, the expression of mucous cell growth factors, suppression of oxidative stress as well as increase of submucosal bloodstream. These discoveries, together with the already well-known antibacterial properties towards Helicobacter Pylori, intensify GSE’s protective and reparative action towards the gastric mucosa.
Its use is absolutely safe, particularly because its activity has no impact whatsoever on the microbial intestinal flora while safeguarding the organism’s natural defenses, as confirmed by a study published in the “Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine”, Volume 5 Nr. 3 of 1990,
For the above-mentioned reasons, GSE therefore represents the cornerstone of an extremely effective approach to handle reflux. Its association and synergy with specific plant extracts enables:
- action at gastric level with a dual purpose: on the one hand, aiding digestion, acting on dyspepsia and soothing heartburn and hyperacidity; on the other, directly contrasting contamination of H. Pylori where present;
- action on hyperacidity, calming inflammation, soothing pain and promoting the remedying of damaged gastroesophageal mucosa.
This approach, combined with a healthy lifestyle (in terms of diet, but not only), includes the use of natural remedies that are well known in folk tradition and the efficacy of which in providing a definitive solution has been confirmed by recent studies.
- Action at gastric level with a dual purpose: on the one hand, aiding digestion, acting on dyspepsia and soothing heartburn and hyperacidity; on the other, directly contrasting contamination of H. Pylori where present:
Nature can help you with …
Grapefruit Seed Extract: direct antibiotic action against H. Pylori, present in 90% of cases of gastritis, hence indirectly on other gastric symptoms. GSE moreover offers gastroprotective and reparative action on the gastric mucosa. As an intestinal “selective cleanser”, it eliminates pathogenic microorganisms while fully respecting physiological bacterial flora.
Pineapple: an actual digestif; this feature is mainly due to the presence of bromelain, an enzyme with a marked proteolytic action, i.e. apt for digesting proteins.
Cardamom: traditionally employed to cure stomach ache and to promote digestion, is has undoubted eupeptic, stimulant, stomachic and, mostly, carminative properties.
Coriander: an excellent antidiarrhoeal, its seeds also have extraordinary digestive properties.
Cumin: it contains carvone and limonene terpenes, which help regulate gastrointestinal functionality, stimulating gastric secretion and alleviate any pain or abdominal cramps thanks to their antispasmodic activity.
Rhubarb: in small doses, this drug acts as a stomachic and bitter tonic, stimulating secretions and gastric motility, thereby facilitating digestive processes.
Milk thistle: it stimulates the appetite, but most of all if promotes digestion. In addition, it is an excellent antispasmodic.
The ideal means for intake of the above-mentioned plant ingredients, ideal to restore balance of physiological functions in the digestive tract, is represented by swallowable tablets.
- Act on hyperacidity, calming inflammation, soothing pain and promoting the remedying of damaged gastroesophageal mucosa:
Nature can help you with…
Grapefruit Seed Extract: Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), well-known for its antimicrobial properties, recognized by Laboratories and Institutes worldwide, has been recently employed by a group of researchers at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow (Poland), with the aim of studying its potential properties with particular reference to the protection of the gastrointestinal mucosa.
Studies have confirmed the researchers’ hypotheses, highlighting both the gastroprotective role of Grapefruit Seed Extract, as well as its ability to accelerate healing of lesions. These discoveries, together with the well-known antibacterial properties towards Helicobacter Pylori, intensify GSE’s protective and reparative action towards the gastric mucosa.
Centella: scientific studies have confirmed the value of traditional uses of this plant as a cicatrising and vascular-protective agent, highlighting its marked properties when it comes to the restructuring and regeneration of the connective tissue. Through the stimulation of fibroblasts, Centella induces the synthesis of both constituents making up connective tissue, namely glycosaminoglycans, as well as collagen and elastin, thereby accelerating wound healing processes.
In case of ulcers and gastritis, Centella can be a precious ally as it helps restructure and reinforce the gastrointestinal mucous barrier, enabling protection caused by aggressive factors as well as accelerating wound healing.
Laurel: its leaves and fruits are rich in pectins; when hydrated they adhere to the stomach walls, increasing its resistance against both endogenous and exogenous, harmful agents.
Lythrum salicaria: it owes its name to lythron, meaning blood clot, a testimony to its well-known antihemorrhagic properties. The synergic action of the phytocomplex’s active principles solves the inflammatory state of the gastro-intestinal mucosa and promotes haemostasis of lesions, preventing the arising of any hemorrhagic complication.
Rutin: a flavonoid with marked vascular-protective, antioxidant and re-epithelising properties, thanks to which is supports and accelerates cicatrizing processes of inflamed or damaged mucosae.
Boswellia: with marked anti-inflammatory properties, unlike typical synthetic anti-inflammatories (NSAIMs), it does not cause gastric intolerance; on the contrary, it shows protective action towards ulcers and gastritis.
Passiflora: well-known for its sedative and calming properties. Given the relevance of factors such as stress and anxiety in the insurgence of ulcers and gastritis, Passiflora is a particularly apt ingredient. Moreover, its recognized efficacy in alleviating gastrointestinal spasms enable to obtain a pain-killing effect. Its extract is beneficial in the treatment of anxiety and nervousness, without running the risk of addiction.
In such cases, it is advisable to take plant active constituents in swallowable tablets to be ingested on an empty stomach so as to facilitate direct action on the mucosa: one tablet around mid-morning, another at mid-afternoon and a third one before going to bed.
Since, as already mentioned, reflux can often lead to damage and lesions of the gastroesophageal mucosa, it may be necessary to apply long-term treatment, so as to gradually restructure and restore physiological functionality of the mucosae in this specific section of the digestive tract.
The association of the above-described ingredients, essential to ensure a definitive approach against reflux, can be further supported by specific remedies indicated for the following actions:
- Action against dry cough through a product capable of ensuring its physiological evolution, soothing without suppressing it, as well as alleviating inflammation of the mucosae: the ideal formulation is a drinkable oral suspension, based on GSE, Chestnut, Lavender, Marrubium, Red Poppy.