This multi-beneficial plant is recognized for its positive effect against dyspepsia – the collection of symptoms associated with problematic digestion (1). In addition, research suggests that turmeric stimulates the gall bladder (2), the organ responsible for releasing bile (secreted by the liver). Bile emulsifies fats to make them more digestible.
In addition to sprinkling it on food, turmeric can also be used to make a tea for drinking once or twice a day .
This common variety of mint offers proven benefits for alleviating the symptoms of indigestion. It is primarily known for relieving gastrointestinal spasms (stomach ache) and bloating, especially when combined with caraway (3). It can be used to make a simple tea by pouring boiling water on dried peppermint leaves, to be drunk as often as you like. Even more effective is essential oil of peppermint. It is highly concentrated so must be well-diluted (no more than a drop) in hot water and honey.
Attention: essential oils should always be used or consumed with the utmost caution. They are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, young children, or those suffering from various disorders. It’s important to seek advice from your pharmacist in order to avoid unnecessary risk.
Studies have proven that extract of artichoke leaf provides relief from indigestion. It stimulates the liver and production of bile resulting in improved digestion (4). Indeed it has been shown to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (5), a largely innocuous condition but one which gives rise to very unpleasant symptoms: intestinal cramps, painful bloating, constipation or diarrhea ...
Artichoke can be consumed as a tea made from its dried flowers, or as a dietary supplement containing concentrated levels of cynarin, the plant’s main active principle;
The therapeutic benefits of milk thistle come from its content in silymarin. The main active principle, silymarin is an antioxidant complex combining several of the plant’s components. Silymarin has protective and purifying effects in the liver, and also activates the regeneration of liver cells (6). It is officially recognized for its soothing effects on gastric problems (7).
The seeds can either be consumed directly, or made into a tea. Concentrated extracts of silymarin are also available in dietary supplement form.
Less well-known, clown’s mustard plant is nonetheless recognized for its powerful effects on heart burn and abdominal pain. It also stimulates the intestinal contractions essential to healthy digestive function, and reduces side-effects in the gut of certain medications (8).
It is available, combined with other plant extracts, as a dietary supplement.
Eating a balanced diet and listening closely to your body are key to achieving trouble-free digestion, but when problems arise, why not take advantage of the genuine relief and support phytotherapy offers!
We couldn’t end this article on digestion without mentioning the gold-standard supplement in this category: Probio Forte! Though not a plant-based supplement, it is still 100% natural. It consists of five probiotic species (8 billion beneficial bacteria per capsule) able to modify a number of physiological and metabolic parameters such as strengthening the intestinal barrier and optimising digestion.
Perhaps you’ve heard of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) but don’t know much about them? Read on to discover the virtues of this little-known but highly beneficial source of fibre.
Want to pack your meals full of probiotics and prebiotics? We give you the lowdown on the best foods to choose.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is extremely common. A diet low in fermentable sugars, known as FODMAP, can help relieve symptoms. Discover which foods to prioritise and which to avoid.
Can you take probiotics continuously, or is it better to have regular breaks? Read on for the answers.
Do you have gluten intolerance or sensitivity? Discover the facts about both by reading our comprehensive summary.
What’s the best way of combining foods for optimal digestion and nutritional benefit? Follow these naturopathic recommendations, with our explanations and sample menus.