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Benefits of Black Radish Juice
The most important function of black radish extract is that it assists the liver in producing fat-digesting and protein-digesting bile while lowering the tension on bile ducts. In addition, it supports peristaltic movement (the pushing of food through the alimentary canal).
Constipation is another issue that radish consumption aids. Rich in fiber and digestive stimulants, regular consumption of radishes helps regulate the bowels. Since dehydration is a major cause of constipation, radishes help hydrate and lubricate the intestines and encourage relaxed bowel movements. The root juice extract of the black radish used in Digest RC is the most potent part of the plant.
Assisting the immune system is another plus for the radish as it contains a variety of nutrients that possess natural microbial actions. Regular consumption may lead to a significant improvement in the resistance against common microbial infections such as colds, sore throats, ear infections, and the flu.
In a French study by Prahaveanu and Esanu, liquid radish extract helped mice defend the influenza virus. They were inoculated with the virus after consuming the radish extract. There was a significant decrease in the mortality rate and a significant increase in the rate of survival as compared to the untreated controls. Another study by Ivanocis and Horvath found it to help fight E. coli bacteria.
Artichoke Leaf Extract & Peppermint
Deoxycholic Acid (choleretics)
The Science of Digest RC
Digest RC has the capacity to rapidly relieve symptoms in the short term while dealing with potential issues in the long run. People with digestive complaints who have not responded to food elimination therapy may find this formula to be their answer. Within a short time of regularly using the product, digestive problems have been known to disappear while developing stronger digestive systems.
Independent clinical research was conducted on Digest RC to analyze the therapeutic effectiveness of the product among patients with chronic digestive problems. Results showed statistically significant support for patients' during treatment. Digest RC was most helpful with gas (the most frequently occurring symptom) in more than 95% of the cases. Constipation, intestinal pains/cramps, heartburn (reflux), and stomach pains were positively affected in more than 90% of the cases. More than 80% were helped with bloating, diarrhea about 75%, and nausea/vomiting in approximately 65% of the cases. Digest RC was found to assimilate undigested toxic products faster than normal. Toxins often stay in the gut for prolonged periods of time. Because of its cholepoietic and cholagogic abilities, it was particularly effective at dealing with food stagnation and bloating in those whose diets were rich in animal protein and fat.
Additional clinical studies relative to Digest RC are being initiated at a medical school in the United States to validate the results of the European studies.
Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes
Choosing the right enzyme supplement can be difficult. Enzymes are very delicate and if not properly manufactured, they can easily lose their potency. Commercial enzyme supplements can often be neutralized by varying pH levels of stomach acid. A digestive enzyme supplement should be broad-spectrum in order to facilitate the digestion of protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and milk lactose. The use of acid-protected enzyme formulas enhance efficacy. One such formula that obtains its enzymes from fungus (but has no fungal residue) is called Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes. This product is formulated to be effective in a broad spectrum of stomach acid pH conditions. Each capsule of Super Enzyme Caps contains a pancreatin and fungal enzyme concentrate. It is higher potency than most digestive enzyme supplements on the market, thus, making it less expensive (cost-per-gram) than most others.
Those who want to optimize digestion may want to consider taking two to four digestive enzyme capsules before a meal. This product can be taken along with a standardized artichoke extract as discussed on the previous page. Or, Digest RC may be all that you need (as a stand-alone product).
A prescription drug called Propulsid can be taken before a meal in order to initiate a quicker peristaltic movement of food out of the stomach. The dose of Propulsid is 10 mg, ideally taken 20 minutes before every meal and at bedtime. This drug can induce acute peristaltic contractions that may result in diarrhea. It has been linked to several deaths when taken with certain cardiac medications.
Some of the most popular drugs prescribed to treat digestive complaints are Prilosec or Prevacid. These drugs are known as gastric acid-pump inhibitors because of the unique way in which they block the final metabolic step in the production of stomach acid. They are quite expensive but are more effective in suppressing disorders associated with excess stomach acid production than the older class of histamine 2 receptor antagonist drugs. They are sold under the trade names Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, and Axid. Drugs such as Tagamet inhibit stomach acid secretion whereas Prilosec and Prevacid suppress virtually all stomach acid secretion.
Since most stomach ulcers are now thought to be caused by h. pylori bacteria, special antibiotic regimens are now the therapy of choice for treating ulcers. The use of drugs that reduce stomach acid are therefore more frequently prescribed to treat esophageal reflux where stomach acid regurgitates into the esophagus to cause heartburn. If left untreated, chronic esophageal exposure to stomach acid can cause esophagitis and esophageal cancer.
Aging is a critical factor that can negatively impact our digestive systems. As we age, we become acutely aware of the limitations that are placed on our diets and eating styles. Foods that were part of our carefree dining habits in younger years have become the culprits in our later years.
For more information -- Contact the Digestive Disease National Coalition, Chicago IL, (202) 544-7497; or the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House, Bethesda MD, (301) 654-3810, http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/about/index.htm.
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