The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 2/3 of the world’s population has stomach microbial balance concerns. While some will never experience discomfort, others may have a greater need for support. Maintaining healthy microbial balance and a strong immune system is integral to optimal gastrointestinal health, as well as overall health.
In addition, since the body’s immune system is a complex and dynamic defense system, healthy microbial balance helps ensure optimal immune function. Research has shown that the natural ingredients in Healthy Belly offer important benefits for the stomach lining and gastrointestinal tract.
Healthy Belly is formulated to support the health of the stomach lining and gastrointestinal tract with unique ingredients which promote microbial balance and a healthy inflammatory process. Healthy Belly contains the following ingredients, provided at optimal doses for best efficacy: zinc carnosine, a zinc complex of L-carnosine approved in Japan since 1994 for its use in stomach health; mastic gum, traditionally used to protect the stomach lining and shown in studies to promote microbial balance; bismuth citrate, used to promote normal bacterial growth, and for its soothing action on the gastric and mucosal lining; and berberine sulfate, a compound with bacterial-balancing properties.
- Promotes Healthy Microbial Balance in the GI Tract
- Helps Maintain GI Comfort
- Soothes the Stomach and GI Tract
Mastic gum is a resinous product which is obtained from the stem and leaves of the mastic tree. The mastic tree is an evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean Basin and has historically been used in the Mediterranean to support the health of the stomach. Mastic gum has also been shown to promote bacterial balance in the stomach.
Bismuth is a naturally occurring mineral, frequently used to soothe the gastric and mucosal linings. Bismuth also promotes microbial balance in the stomach. Bismuth offers a key advantage when compared to other bacterial-balancing therapies. While it is very common for bacteria to develop a resistance to various bacterial-balancing agents, it is unlikely they will develop resistance to bismuth.
Zinc carnosine has been approved in Japan since 1994 for its use in stomach health. Zinc is a mineral with potent antioxidant, inflammation balancing, gastro-protective qualities. The health-promoting effects of zinc are enhanced significantly when combined with the essential nutrient, carnosine. Japanese scientists have led the way in developing this zinc carnosine compound, which combines zinc and carnosine linked by a chemical bond. Research has demonstrated that zinc carnosine stabilizes the mucosal lining of the stomach and small intestines.
Berberine sulfate is a botanical extract found in the roots and barks of various plants including Oregon grape root (Berberis aquifolium), barberry (Berberis vulgaris) and goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). Berberine sulfate has a long history of use in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Berberine sulfate has been shown to provide a multitude of health-promoting properties, which include: supporting immune response by increasing blood flow to the spleen and activating immune compounds such as macrophages; promoting microbial balance by inhibiting the adherence of microorganisms to mucosal and epithelial surfaces; and supporting inflammatory balance in the body via inhibition of arachidonic acid release from cell membrane phospholipids, and inhibition of thromboxane A2 from platelets.