Some of the most common causes of gastrointestinal complaints are the impaired balance of the gut flora, accumulation of bacteria in the small intestine, inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, insufficient gastric acid production or the abnormal, spasmodic movement of the smooth muscles that move the guts. At the same time, symptoms include the following: Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, excessive gas production, nausea after eating, reflux (acid regurgitation), heartburn, ulcers. By delivering an appropriate dose of peppermint oil to the guts, both the above listed causes and symptoms can be eliminated, as you may soon see it. However, delivering peppermint oil all the way to the guts is quite a challenge, especially if you want to do it in a natural way, without using any harmful artificial excipients or coating substances.
We thought that the following solution would be the most appropriate:
We powder the peppermint oil using a method borrowed from the inventory of molecular gastronomy, using tapioca maltodextrin, which is obtained from tapioca starch through a natural procedure (using enzymes) without chemical transformation. In the final step, this is mixed with microcrystalline cellulose, which, despite its scary name, simply is finely ground plant cellulose – that is, fibers. Finally we fill it into a natural acid-resistant vegetarian capsule so the active ingredients dissolve in the stomach only in a delayed manner or not at all. Thus the capsule has time to reach the small intestine, where it dissolves, the peppermint oil “enclosed” into the above described tapioca is released, while the indigestible cellulose fibers help moving forward so the peppermint oil can exert its effect throughout the complete intestinal tract.
The efficacy of peppermint oil filled into acid-resistant capsules that dissolve in the guts is supported by a number of human clinical studies, which found it useful in the following conditions:
SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
An excess accumulation of bacteria in the small intestine. It is very common and has implications on almost every gastro-intestinal disorders. The effect of peppermint oil dissolving in the guts on SIBO is remarkable. Its effect also results from its antibacterial and biofilm breaking properties that help restoring the balance of the gut flora.
The symptoms of SIBO are the following:
• Diarrhea and constipation
• Bloating and excessive gas production
• Nausea after eating
• Reflux and heartburn
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – IBS is a condition accompanied with intestinal cramps, pain, diarrhea and/or constipation.– Peppermint oil delivered into the intestines can ameliorate or eliminate symptoms in itself, without any additional treatment.
Almost a dozen research studies confirmed this effect. SIBO and IBS are often present together, and it may also be possible that IBS is often caused by SIBO. Thus the effect of peppermint oil on IBS is not surprising at all.
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