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Alta Health - Can-Gest (Herbal Extract) Digestive Aid - 100 Capsules

  • Item# :57355
    UPC# :076920000307
  • Brand:Alta Health
  • Size/Form:100  Capsules
  • Ship Weight:0.17
  • Servings:100
  • Dosage:1  Capsule(S)

Alta Health - Can-Gest (Herbal Extract) Digestive Aid- 100 Capsules

A traditional blend of nine herbal extracts that nourish the digestive system and help maintain the eliminative system while providing nutritional support for the liver.

Alta Health Can Gest Ingredient Information:

Boldo Tree Leaf:
Parts used and where grown
Boldo is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to Chile and is naturalized to the Mediterranean region of Europe. The leaves are used medicinally.

Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies)
Boldo has a long history of use by the indigenous people of Chile, as a liver tonic and in the treatment of gallstones.

Active constituents
Boldo contains several types of primary constituents, including volatile oils (for example, ascaridole, eucalyptol), flavonoids, and alkaloids. Boldine, which constitutes about one-fourth of the total number of alkaloids present, is the major alkaloid. Scientists believe that boldine is responsible for the plant’s choloretic (bile stimulating) and diuretic actions. In conjunction with other herbs, such as cascara, rhubarb, and gentian, boldo has been reported to improve appetite. Ascaridole, a compound found in the volatile oil of the plant, has been used as an anti-parasitic agent but is no longer recommended due its to toxic side effects.

Alder Buckthorn:
Parts used and where grown
Alder buckthorn is a tall shrub native to northern Europe. The bark of alder buckthorn is removed, cut into small pieces, and dried for one year before being used medicinally. Fresh bark has an emetic or vomit-inducing property and is therefore not used.

Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies)
Alder buckthorn has been used as a cathartic laxative in northern and central Europe, including England, for centuries. Despite its decline in importance when the similar shrub Rhamnus purshiana or cascara sagrada was discovered in America, alder buckthorn is still used, particularly in Europe.

Active constituents
Alder buckthorn is high in anthraquinone glycosides. Resins, tannins, and lipids make up the bulk of the bark’s other ingredients. Anthraquinone glycosides have a cathartic action, inducing the large intestine to increase its muscular contraction (peristalsis) and increasing water movement from the cells of the colon into the feces, resulting in strong, soft bowel movements. It takes six to ten hours for alder buckthorn to act after taking it by mouth.

Parts used and where grown
Peppermint is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint and was first cultivated near London in 1750. Peppermint is now cultivated widely, particularly in the U.S. and Europe. The two main cultivated forms are the black mint, which has violet-colored leaves and stems and a relatively high oil content, and the white mint, which has pure green leaves and a milder taste. The leaves are used medicinally.

Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies)
Recognized in the early 18th century, the historical use of peppermint is not dramatically different than its use in modern herbal medicine. Classified as a carminative herb, peppermint has been used as a general digestive aid and employed in the treatment of indigestion and intestinal colic by herbalists.

Active constituents
Peppermint leaves yield approximately 0.1–1.0% volatile oil which is composed primarily of menthol (29–48%) and menthone (20–31%).2 Peppermint oil is classified as a carminative (prevents and relieves intestinal gas). It may also relieve spasms in the intestinal tract. Peppermint oil or peppermint tea is often used to treat gas and indigestion.

Three double-blind trials found that enteric-coated peppermint oil reduced the pain associated with intestinal spasms, commonly experienced in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, another trial found no effect of peppermint on IBS.7 A double-blind trial found that an enteric-coated combination of peppermint and caraway oils was superior to a placebo for people with gastrointestinal complaints including IBS. A combination of peppermint, caraway seeds, and two other carminative herbs (fennel seeds and wormwood) was reported to be effective for gastrointestinal complaints including IBS in another double-blind study.

A tea of peppermint is a traditional therapy for colic in infants but has never been investigated in a human trial. Peppermint should be used cautiously in infants (see side effects below).

Peppermint oil’s relaxing action also extends to topical use. When applied topically, it acts as an analgesic and reduces pain. A trial of topical peppermint oil applied to the temples of healthy volunteers (with or without eucalyptus oil) found that peppermint oil had a muscle-relaxing action and it decreased tension.11 Topical peppermint oil alone reduced pain in people with tension headaches as well.

Contents: Alta Health Products Proprietary Blend of: Boldo Tree Leaf, Combretum, Alder Buckthorn Bark, Peppermint leaf, Orange Tree Leaf, Balm Leaf, Mercuriale, Marigold Flowers, Mallow Leaf. An extract/pre-steeped for optimum assimilation.
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About Alta Health

Founded in 1969 by Dr. Richard Barmakian, MD, Alta health products has become a name associated with good health and natural forms of healing throughout the world. Dr. Barmakian traveled the world over and studied with leading experts - herbalists, biophysicists, and pharmacologists - in order to learn the secrets of good health through nutrition. Since Dr. Barmakian has passed away (January 1992), his wife Judy Haswell has continued the traditions of her late husband by demanding the same exacting standards to provide you with the highest quality herbal extracts and supplements to promote better health. Only the finest all-natural ingredients, free from any synthetic chemicals or additives, are used for specific health concerns. All Alta products are GMO free.

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This is great for any stomach upset, whether bloating or cramps. It also helps stimulate HCL production if needed, which also aids digestion.

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