Gastrointestinal (GI) health is directly affected by factors, such as exposure to microbes, poor diet and a stressful lifestyle, that can negatively impact immune function. The prevalence of refined sugars and carbohydrates and the low presence of fiber in the Western diet has been directly linked to the alteration of the colonic environment. Since the body’s immune system is a complex and dynamic defense system, healthy microbial balance and antioxidant support help ensure more optimal immune function. Maintaining healthy microbial balance is not only integral to optimal GI health, but also supports overall health and well-being. Paracid Forte provides a blend of plant compounds which work together to defend against microbial stressors.
Formulated with the goal of supporting the GI flora by promoting balanced immunity, the plant compounds in Paracid Forte also provide potent antioxidant support to help fend off microbial challenges. The ingredients in Paracid Forte help to maintain a healthy GI environment by supplying botanicals shown to create a hostile environment for pathogenic microbes. Each capsule of Paracid Forte includes sweet wormwood (150 mg), olive leaf extract (100 mg), black walnut hulls (85 mg), and artemisinin (25 mg) for comprehensive support of the GI tract.
1 capsule three times per day or as recommended by your health care professional
Wormwood is a fern-like plant commonly found throughout Asia, and artemisinin is its active constituent. Artemisinin is a sesquiterpene lactone, a special compound shown to have strong microbial-balancing properties. It is known to interfere with microbial metabolism by causing structural changes to unfriendly organisms that prevent them from maturing in the body. This effect is facilitated by the production of free radicals and reactive aldehydes within the microbes that disrupt their growth.
Widely consumed in the Mediterranean region, olives contain numerous phenolic compounds, including oleuropein, which have demonstrated broad spectrum microbial-balancing and antioxidant properties. Oleuropein is a unique polyphenol molecule in olive leaf extract and special processing techniques now allow for the extraction of a stable, standardized form of oleuropein. Oleuropein is a potent antioxidant, supports microbial balance, and helps maintain a healthy cycle of inflammation in the body. Studies have indicated that oleuropein boosts host immune defense and it is especially helpful in supporting those with microbial challenges related to microbial imbalances in the intestines.
The hulls of the black walnut have been used since Greek and Roman times to support those with intestinal complaints. Black walnut has compounds known as tannins, which affect the structural stability of various microbes.
Berberine is an alkaloid extracted from plant roots that is commonly found in barberry, turmeric, and Oregon grape. Berberine extracts have shown significant ability to influence the activity of a variety of organisms that affect human health. By addressing the intestinal secretion of water and electrolytes induced by certain organism toxins, berberine also supports the healthy formation of stool. In this way, it promotes healthy intestinal motility and normal intestinal transit time.