Swanson Health Products®
Halpern, M.D., Ph.D., expert on Zinc-Carnosine
In the East, the stomach is referred to as “the seat of the soul.” If that’s true, it appears that our collective soul is in great danger. So many people today are challenged by their stomach that it’s become one of the top concerns we hear about here at Swanson.® That’s why I developed Stomach Defense Essentials, combining the most commonly recommended stomach-friendly nutrients with state-of-the art PepZinGI® (chelated zinc-carnosine). Below, zinc-carnosine expert Georges M. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D., explains the power of this highly effective new nutraceutical.
DR. Halpern: When I accepted a position at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, I thought I knew everything there was to know about the stomach and the available methods to maintain its health and function. But there I discovered this simple, nontoxic approach that was unheard of in the U.S. It’s such a remarkable, nature-based alternative that I have since authored two books on it and dedicated much of my time to promoting its use outside Asia. There really is nothing like zinc-carnosine for stomach health and wellness.
DR. Halpern: The key to a healthy and comfortable stomach is maintaining the mucosal lining that protects the walls. Other things like the DGL form of licorice, aloe vera, etc …help to supplement the natural mucus and coat the stomach, but they do nothing for the production of mucus itself. Zinc-carnosine does.
Zinc-carnosine is a nutrient combination called a chelate, in which the zinc molecule is basically enveloped by L-carnosine. The carnosine reduces the aggressiveness of the zinc, making it gentler and allowing for it to perform its actions without irritation. In the gut this means it can stimulate the production of mucus, which helps protect the stomach lining quite well according to studies. In Japan, where most of the research has been done, it has been widely used for over 20 years.
The only problem with zinc-carnosine is that it takes time to increase and maintain healthy mucus production, which means little immediate benefit. And we all know that Americans want instant gratification. That’s perhaps why it never really caught on over here. But when you combine it, as you have, with other traditional natural ingredients like aloe, DGL and calcium carbonate, you’ve got both an immediate benefit and a long-term solution to stomach health.
DR. Halpern: Absolutely. First, if you smoke, stop it. Second, if you’re overweight you’re at an immediate disadvantage. You should lose weight first. Next, limit your food intake at night. When you lie down your stomach is not in the proper position for optimal functioning. If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation and try to stick to beverages that are under 20% alcohol (or 40 proof). Anything above that is going to irritate your stomach. If you drink coffee, try not to make it the first thing you ingest. Too many people, especially Americans, start their day with a cup of coffee. That’s just a bad idea on an empty stomach. If you’re going to drink coffee in the morning, water it down a bit and try to take a bit of food beforehand or at least at the same time.
Stomach Defense Essentials goes beyond standard single-ingredient supplements to provide a complete approach to stomach care that addresses both your immediate need for comfort and your long-term need for optimal health and function.
Calcium is the first thing many people reach for when their stomach acts up, whether they realize it or not. It’s calcium that makes those over-the-counter drugstore products work. Why? Because calcium is a natural acid neutralizer.
Stomach Defense Essentials features patented Comforteze™ calcium. Comforteze is specially formulated with a synergistic blend of natural alkalizing agents combined through a patented process to work quickly and effectively. This stomach-specific calcium delivers rapid digestive comfort to put your stomach at ease.
Colostrum is the first food of life for most mammals. It contains nutrients called immunoglobulins (IgG) and lactoferrin, which Mother Nature has perfected as a means to complete the immune system development of young ones once they’ve left the womb. These nutrients are activated within the stomach and GI tract, where they begin working immediately to support immune function and nourish the gut. ColostruMune® is derived from bovine colostrum and boasts a 25% IgG concentration. It’s minimally processed to maintain its natural composition.
DGL stands for deglycyrrhizinated licorice. It is a specially prepared form of licorice root that is free of glycyrrhizin and related compounds, which can cause unwanted metabolic effects. DGL is widely acknowledged by herbalists and even mainstream health professionals as a beneficial herb for the stomach. Like aloe, DGL supports stomach mucosa, helping to soothe and comfort the stomach lining. The premium DGL used in Stomach Defense Essentials works in concert with the other ingredients in the formula and is guaranteed glycyrrhizin-free.
The natural gel of the inner aloe leaf provides a soothing coating within the stomach that promotes comfort and helps defend vulnerable tissues from harsh acidic environments. The aloe vera in Stomach Defense Essentials is produced by one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of high-quality aloe vera products in the world. The aloe is tested and certified to ensure the highest-quality possible.
You won’t find this ingredient in any similar supplement anywhere! Bio-Mos® FG is a yeast glycan extract from the cell walls of a specific strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Swanson® customers may recognized S. cerevisiae as the source of another popular product, EpiCor.® Like EpiCor, Bio-Mos FG was developed out of successful agricultural/animal wellness products. But unlike EpiCor, Bio-Mos FG is designer-engineered specifically to promote stomach and GI health by promoting healthy microflora. It literally “feeds” the healthy microbes that maintain a healthy environment in your stomach.
Ah, peppermint. It’s as cooling and soothing deep down in the stomach as it is in your mouth. Its use as a digestive aid and stomach tonic dates back to ancient Greece, and it is still among the top natural stomach herbs in use today. Besides its apparent cooling and soothing benefits, peppermint oil is believed to act upon the smooth muscles of the stomach and GI tract to promote healthy functioning.
Together with PepZinGI® zinc-carnosine, these top-shelf ingredients combined in Stomach Defense Essentials create one of the most complete and comprehensive supplements available for gastrointestinal comfort. Try it daily and stop worrying after every meal. Go with your gut. Go with Stomach Defense Essentials. It is all-natural with results guaranteed or your money back!