Approximately 25 million Americans suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) mucosal complaints at some point in their lifetime. Such discomfort was originally thought to arise from stress, spicy foods, alcohol consumption, gastric acid production or heredity. Today, it is known that common bacteria from food is often the root cause. Since almost 80% of pathogens enter the body either through mucosal tissue or stay localized on mucosal surfaces, a healthy mucosal lining is of the utmost importance for digestive health.
DGL, or deglycyrrhizinated licorice, is a form of licorice root that has been specially processed to contain only biologically active flavonoids, without glycyrrhizin. The deglycyrrhized form of licorice allows for higher dosing of supportive flavonoids, which helps maintain a healthy mucosal barrier in the stomach and intestines. Traditionally used to support GI-related complaints, research has shown DGL to promote bacterial balance and protect the renewal of the intestinal lining. Along with DGL, this tablet also contains aloe vera, slippery elm bark and marshmallow root, all used to soothe and relieve minor pain and discomfort in the GI tract. Each each pleasant-tasting, chewable tablet of DGL contains 500 mg DGL per serving.
Chew 1-2 tablets per day or as recommended by your health care professional
Deglycyrrhized Licorice (DGL)
Historically used to support the gastric mucosa, glycyrrhetic acid has been shown to help maintain high levels of prostaglandins in the stomach by blocking the activity of two enzymes involved in the metabolism of prostaglandins E and F2-alpha, resulting in extra protection for the gastric mucosa. In chewable doses of 760 mg a day for one month, DGL was found to be superior to placebo in promoting a healthy and protective GI mucosa. In a study of 874 patients comparing the effects of DGL and cimetidine (another known therapy), it was found that DGL was effective in relieving minor GI discomfort.
Marshmallow root is a traditional demulcent (soothing) botanical with a long history of use for coating the gastric lining. Marshmallow root contains mucilage polysaccharides, which swell when mixed with liquid, providing a soothing property to mucous membranes. The German Commission E has approved the use of marshmallow root for promoting a normal inflammatory process within the gastric mucosa.
Aloe Vera Concentrate
Aloe vera, like marshmallow root and slippery elm bark, is a demulcent that has been used throughout history, and has been shown to promote a normal inflammatory response. Specifically, studies have shown aloe vera is beneficial to the gastric mucosa due in part by its ability to balance stomach acid levels and promote healthy mucus production. An animal study examining the effects of aloe vera on gastric acid secretion and gastric mucosal health found aloe vera balanced gastric acid secretion and at low doses protected mucosa from excess gastric acid.
Slippery Elm Bark
Slippery elm bark is a traditional demulcent that has been used for centuries. Slippery elm bark is rich in mucilage which protects the gastrointestinal tract and promotes a healthy cycle of inflammation.