Gut Healing Protein
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Good health begins and ends with the health of your gut. If your gut is damaged or you have an abundance of pathogenic microorganisms it is impossible to be healthy. The gut must be addressed daily in order for one to live a lifestyle that builds health.
The gut lining needs amino acids and anti-oxidants in order to heal and repair. Additionally, the liver needs to be supported in order to effectively remove toxic metabolites that are released from bad microbes as they are dying off. In order to effectively heal the gut lining, there are some great herbs, fibers and compounds that provide incredible support.
Ginger Root, Ginger has classically been used to improve the digestion process. Nine different substances have been found that stimulate serotonin receptors in the gut which provides benefits to the gastrointestinal system. This reduces gut related inflammation and enhances nutrient absorption.
Ginger is classified as a carminative (reducing intestinal gas) and an intestinal spasmolytic (soothes intestinal tract) while inducing gut motility. Ginger is known to reduce fever related nausea, motion sickness, and feelings of “morning sickness.” Additionally, it helps aid in the production of bile, making it particularly helpful in digesting fats (1-3).
Fiber (from inulin and flaxseeds) is a prebiotic that supports production of short-chain fatty acids as well as a healthy intestinal flora. MeadowPure™, an organic flaxseed complex, possesses excellent oxidative stability, supports antioxidant activity, and provides lignins, soluble fiber, and omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (4).
Glutamine plays a key role in healthy intestinal cell proliferation and gut barrier integrity, immune function, and normal tissue healing (5,6). A 2004 study found that L-glutamine benefits the body by regulating IgA immune response (7). IgA attacks bad bacteria and viruses to keep to prevent infections. Secretory IgA (sIgA) is an anti-body that regulates the mucosal membranes of the intestines, respiratory, urinary and reproductive tracts.
Poorly regulated sIgA responses are associated with food sensitivities and allergies. Glutamine plays an important role in regulating and modulating sIgA to keep the immune system strong and reduce food sensitivity reactions.
These compounds enhance phase I & II liver detoxification
Ellagic Acid: (from pomegranate extract) prevents over-induction of CYP1A enzymes, works at the gene level to induce synthesis of glutathione-S-transferases and other phase II activities, binds directly to toxins and protects DNA and liver cells from oxidative stress (8, 9)
Watercress: This is a rich source of beta-phenylethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC)—a versatile compound found to inhibit phase I enzymes and induce the phase II enzymes associated with biotransformation and excretion of toxins.
Watercress has been found to contain even stronger phase II inducers known as 7-methylsulfinyheptyl and 8-methylsulfinyloctyl isothiocyanates as well (10,11).
Green Tea: Green tea catechins not only support antioxidant activity but also appear to act as modulators of phase I and phase II detoxification (12).
MSM: This improves the sulfation pathway within liver detoxification. MSM also has a significant effect at increasing the permeability of the cells which allows it to flush out excess fluids and toxins.
ANTIOXIDANT SUPPORT & CYTOKINE BALANCE
Bioflavonoids, quercetin, rutin, and curcumin support antioxidant activity, counter free radicals, and support healthy eicosanoid and cytokine metabolism which creates an anti-inflammatory environment (13,14).
BioFlavonoids: These improve capillary permeability and overall blood flow (15). They reduce inflammation and improve deep tissue oxygenation which is critical to healing.
Quercetin: Quercetin has been shown to enhance gut barrier function by having a “sealing” effect due to its role in the assembly and expression of tight junction proteins (16) Tight junctions regulate our intestinal permeability by connecting intestinal cells, thus only allowing the nutrients that we need in and keeping everything else out.
Turmeric Extract: The major anti-oxidant in turmeric extract is curcumin. Curcumin boosts levels of natural cellular anti-oxidants such as glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and catalase. These molecules are critical for the body to limit oxidative stress all day long.
Curcumin’s ability to inhibit oxidative stress & inflammatory prostaglandins across multiple organ systems and multiple biochemical pathways makes it an incredibly powerful anti-aging and performance enhancing aid.
N-Acetyl-Cysteine: (NAC) stimulates glutathione synthesis, enhances glutathione-S-transferase activity, and promotes detoxification. Additionally, NAC has been shown to reduce the overproduction of small intestinal bacteria (17).
Selenium Glycinate: This provides support for glutathione metabolism and antioxidant protection. Selenium also affects the gut flora and helps modify the inflammatory response in the gut.
Zinc Glycinate: Zinc is critical for balancing the immune system and keeping the Th-1 and Th-2 systems in check. It has also been shown to tighten the gut lining in individuals with Crohn’s disease (18).
INTRODUCING GUT HEALING PROTEIN
Gut Healing Protein is sweetened with a natural, high potency sweetener extracted from monk fruit. This generally recognized as safe (GRAS) monk-fruit extract offers a high-quality sweetness and flavor without the bitter aftertaste associated with some natural sweeteners.
Activated cofactors support mitochondrial energy production needed for biotransformation and detoxification. This formula’s ingredients help moderate phase I detoxification, upregulate and support phase II pathways, and provide antioxidant support as well.
VegaPro is a proprietary blend of pea protein isolate and rice protein concentrate, L-glutamine, glycine, and taurine. Generation of glutathione and sulfation cofactors—vital for phase II conjugation—requires an array of amino acids. The combination of pea protein and rice protein, containing a complement of amino acids, achieves an amino acid score of 100%.
The Gut Healing Protein provides high quality, hypoallergenic amino acids and powerful anti-oxidants that help to improve liver function and strengthen the gut lining. Additionally, Gut Healing Protein contains 26 grams of protein and 0 grams of sugar in each tasty serving.
THE BENEFITS OF GUT HEALING PROTEIN
Gut Healing Protein is a comprehensive, monk fruit-extract-sweetened, low-allergy–potential dietary supplement designed to support gastrointestinal (GI) function and balanced detoxification. It contains 26 grams of high quality vegan based protein without any sugar or stevia.
It features VegaPro™, a proprietary amino acid and pea/rice protein blend; Aminogen®, to facilitate protein absorption; phytonutrients; mineral amino acid chelates; and activated B vitamins, including Quatrefolic® and methylcobalamin.
In conjunction with a modified elimination diet, Gut Healing Protein addresses GI and hepatic function as well as eicosanoid balance and cytokine metabolism to reduce whole body inflammation levels.
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