GutGard® and its development
Over-the-counter remedies may work to reduce symptom severity, and prescriptions meant to take daily, regulate over-enthusiastic proton pumps in the stomach that eject the acid.
But natural remedies and dietary supplementation to support healthy digestion are an equal part of the equation, with the goal of lessening the need for rescue tools such as antacids.
Licorice, notably DGL (deglycyrrhized licorice) has been a fairly common botanical supplement used by consumers to aid digestion. Most of the licorice supplements on the market are DGL – this is because glycyrrhizin, a triterpene saponin found in licorice root, can induce adverse side effects such as reduced potassium and high blood pressure when ingested in high amounts.
GutGard® goes beyond deglycyrrhization, as conventional DGL extracts lack bioactive flavonoids found in the root. GutGard® is extracted using a unique extraction process that retrieves the bioactive flavonoid profile. It is standardized to contain 10% total flavonoids no more than 0l.% glycyrrhizin. And the key difference between GutGard® and DGL extract is that DGL extracts typically contain negligible amounts of flavonoids – in fact, DGL is a product obtained following the removal of glycyrrhizin and is not standardized to any biologically active constituents. GutGard® is closer to nature than DGL as acids are not used in its production process, whereas DGL production involves treatment with acids/alkali.
GutGard® and Digestive Health
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