Microbiome Labs MegaGuard
MegaGuard is a novel digestive aid from Microbiome Labs that combines clinically studied, and highly concentrated licorice polyphenols, scientifically validated extractions of artichoke, and high potency ginger to:
- Promote normal digestion
- Regulate stomach acid
- Balance H. pylori levels
- Reduce occasional digestive discomforts such as gas, bloating, and indigestion.
When used in combination with other Microbiome Labs products, MegaGuard offers complete gastrointestinal support from the stomach all the way to the colon.
None of the herbs are sourced from China where purity standards may not be up to par. Instead, they are sourced from reputable places in India and Spain.
With the power of these three herbs combined, MegaGuard provides unique and comprehensive digestive support, bowel regularity, and gastric protection.
Gutgard Licorice Flavonoids
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has a long history of use for treating digestive discomforts. Licorice is well-known for its ability to:
- Protect the gastric mucosa
- Modulate everyday inflammation.
However, most supplements contain deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) because large amounts of glycyrrhizin have been associated with serious adverse side effects like elevated blood pressure and lowered potassium levels.
Gutgard licorice flavonoids are entirely different from DGL with respect to chemistry, composition, manufacturing, and mechanisms of action. While DGL does not contain any significant quantity of flavonoids, Gutgard is standardized to contain more than 10% total flavonoids and less than 0.5% glycyrrhizin to avoid undesirable effects.
More than 50 flavonoid polyphenols have been identified in Gutgard which have been sown to have beneficial activity for digestive complaints.
Gutgard licorice flavonoids have been shown to protect the stomach lining and balance Helicobacter pylori levels much more effectively than regular DGL extracts. Gutgard licorice can also relieve occasional indigestion, bloating, and stomach pain at 150mg/day.
Artichoke Leaf Extract
Artichoke (Cynara scollymus) leaf extract (ALE) is used as a digestive aid. The bitter compounds, particularly cynaropicrin, are responsible for the digestive benefits of artichoke. ALE has been shown to:
- Increase bile production
- Protect the liver
- Balance blood lipids
- Act as an antispasmodic.
650mg/day of artichoke leaf extract significantly improved digestive symptoms like bloating and fullness as well as the quality of life in 244 patients with functional dyspepsia. Though the study was conducted over 6 weeks, the majority of the treatment group saw relief of their digestive symptoms in the first week.
Ginger Root Extract
Ginger (Zinziber officinalis) is a digestive aid that accelerates gastric emptyingand can relieve occasional bouts of nausea and vomiting.
Gingerols and shogaols, the active polyphenols in ginger, appear to be responsible for such effects through acetylcholine and serotonin-like effects in the intestine important for motility.
Higher gingerol content (20% versus 5% in most competing products) are stronger and more effective at relieving digestive discomforts.
The daily combination of 40mg of ginger extracts with 200mg of artichoke leaf extracts reduced the severity and frequency of common digestive symptoms like nausea, bloating, early satiety, and abdominal pain 17% more effective than just artichoke leaf extract alone.
While most ginger extracts only contain 5% gingerols, MegaGuard contains 60mg of high potency ginger root extract (20% gingerols) for maximum strength.
Ages 8+: Take one capsule with lunch and dinner, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.