Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients and Herbs

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients

The table below shows the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients:

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

Acidophilus (Bio-Bifidus from American Biologics) As directed on label To replenish the “friendly” bacteria. Needed for digestion and for the manufacture of the B vitamins. Use a nondairy formula.
Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil or primrose oil) As directed on label Needed to protect the intestinal lining. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients.
L-glutamine 500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. A major metabolic fuel for the intestinal cells; maintains the villi, the absorption surfaces of the gut.

Vitamin B complex

50-100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily, with meals (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients. Needed for proper muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract.
plus extra vitamin B12 1,000-2,000 mcg daily. Needed for proper absorption of foods, protein synthesis, and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats, and to prevent anemia. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.
Colostrum (Colostrum Plus from Symbiotics or Colostrum Prime Life from Jarrow Formulas) As directed on label. Heals intestinal lining and aids in nutrient absorption.
Fiber (oat bran, flaxseeds, psyllium seeds, or ABC Aerobic Bulk Cleanse from Aerobic Life Industries) As directed on label. Take separately from other supplements and medications. Has both a healing and cleansing effect. Avoid wheat bran, as it may be too irritating.

Free form amino acid

As directed on label. Necessary for repair of mucous membranes of the intestines. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients.
Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga) As directed on label. Aids in digestion and destruction of toxins in the colon. Liquid form is best.
Multivitamin and mineral complex As directed on label. Supplies those nutrients lost or not absorbed. Use a hypoallergenic formula.
N-Acetylglucosamine (N-A-G from Source Naturals) As directed on label. A major constituent of the intestinal lining and of the barrier layer that protects the intestinal lining from digestive enzymes and other potentially damaging intestinal contents.
Proteolytic enzymes with pancreatin As directed on label To aid in protein digestion and prevention of “leaky gut syndrome.” Also aids in reducing inflammation. Use a formula that is low in HCI and high in pancreatin. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients.

Quercetin

As directed on label. Helps control the allergic response to foods.
Ultra Clear Sustain from Metagenics As directed on label. A complex that provides nutritional support for gastrointestinal mucosa. Available only through health care professionals.
Calcium 2,000 mg daily. Help the “nervous stomach” and the central nervous system. Aid in preventing colon cancer. Use chelate forms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrients.
and magnesium 1,000 mg daily.
Dioxychlor As directed on label. Destroys foreign bacteria in the digestive tract and carries oxygen to the tissues.

Herbs

❑ If you have IBS, it is wise to treat your liver as well as your digestive tract, preferably with silymarin (milk thistle extract). Licorice can also be used. Other beneficial herbs are burdock root and red clover, which are good for cleansing the bloodstream, and thereby the liver.

Caution: Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.

❑ Alfalfa contains vitamin K, needed to build intestinal flora for proper digestion, and chlorophyll for healing and cleansing of the bloodstream. It can be taken in liquid or tablet form.

❑ Aloe vera is healing to the digestive tract. Used in combination with ABC Aerobic Bulk Cleanse from Aerobic Life Industries, it helps to keep the colon walls clean of excess mucus and slow down food reactions. Take ½ cup of aloe vera juice three times daily, on an empty stomach.

❑ Peppermint aids in healing and digestion, and also relieves upset stomach and gas or that “too-full” feeling. It must be taken in enteric-coated capsule form to prevent the oil from being released before it reaches the colon. Do not take any other form, or heartburn may result.

❑ Skullcap and valerian root are helpful for the nerves that regulate intestinal muscle function. These are good taken at bedtime or when an upset occurs.

❑ Other herbs that can be beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome include balm, chamomile, fenugreek, ginger, goldenseal, lobelia, marshmallow, pau d’arco, and rose hips.

Cautions: Do not use chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not use during pregnancy or nursing. It may interact with warfarin or cyclosporine, so patients using these drugs should avoid it. Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time. Do not use it during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctor’s supervision. Lobelia is only to be taken under supervision of a health care professional as it is potentially toxic. People with high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, seizure disorders, or shortness of breath should not take lobelia. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid lobelia as well.

❑ The Indian herb myrobalan (Terminalia chebula) alleviates diarrhea, dysentery, and many other digestive complaints.