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How Eastern Europeans Cope with Digestive Disorders
The difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest European countries is more than 10 years. In the early 1990s, overall Eastern European mortality was 20-100% higher than in the West. The reasons for these differences in mortality are attributed to poor diet, excess alcohol consumption, heavy smoking, and other dangerous health behaviors.
One explanation for the decreased lifespan among Eastern Europeans is that their intake of antioxidants from fruits, vegetables, and nuts is much lower compared to the West. A severe deficiency of antioxidant vitamins, along with a low intake of folic acid and flavonoids, partially accounts for the high level of cardiovascular disease in Eastern Europe.
The traditional Eastern European diet consists of lots of animal fats and protein and very little in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables. This poor diet not only shortens lifespan, but also creates an epidemic of acute digestive disorders.
While digestive complications increase as people age, the poor health habits of Eastern Europeans exacerbate common problems such as heartburn, bloating, gas, constipation, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome.
In the United States, over-the-counter and prescription medications for digestive ailments are a multibillion-dollar industry. Most Eastern Europeans cannot afford the high-priced synthetic products sold by Western drug companies and instead rely on a natural herbal remedy that contains cholic acid, extracts from black radish, artichoke, and peppermint. Rather than masking symptoms, this herbal preparation attacks the underlying cause of many forms of digestive disorder. Considering the magnitude of digestive disorders caused by the poor health behaviors of Eastern Europeans, the fact that this herbal remedy has such a strong track record makes it a fascinating potential solution for Americans.
A Popular Digestive Aid in Europe
This herbal digestive aid was introduced in Europe more than 45 years ago. Today, more than 100 million doses of the formula are sold annually in Europe.
The mechanism of action of the formula is to stimulate peristalsis of the intestines, speed digestion of fats, and prevent stagnation of food in the digestive tract. Benefits to the user are a reduction in esophageal acid reflux, alleviation of the feeling of fullness and bloating after eating, decreased digestive tract tension, alkalization of the gastric content, constipation relief, and normalized elimination.
Benefits of Black Radish Juice
Black radish juice extract is the primary active ingredient this herbal blend. Virtually unknown in the United States, the radish contains a variety of chemicals that increases the flow of digestive juices. The most important function of black radish extract is that it encourages the liver to produce fat- and protein-digesting bile and lowers the tension of the bile ducts. It also improves peristaltic movement. Constipation is another problem that is improved or eliminated from radish consumption. Rich in fiber and digestive stimulants, a regular consumption of radishes helps regulate the bowels. Since dehydration is a major cause of constipation, radishes help hydrate and lubricate the intestines and encourage relaxed bowel movements. The root juice extract of the black radish used in this European digestive aid is the most potent part of the plant.
A bonus is the radish's ability to assist the immune system, as it contains a variety of chemicals that possess natural antimicrobial actions. Regular consumption may lead to a significant improvement in the resistance against common microbial infections, such as colds, sore throats, ear infections, and the flu.
Prahoveanu (1987) described a study in which liquid radish extract was administered to mice before they were inoculated with an influenza virus. There was a significant decrease in the mortality rate and a significant increase in the rate of survival as compared to the untreated controls. Another study by Ivanovics (1947) found it to be protective against E. coli--more so than penicillin G.
A second ingredient of this digestive aid is artichoke--which further increases production of bile and causes it to flow through bile ducts. Peppermint is also present, which increases secretion functions of the stomach and liver and the production of enzymes
Benefits of Cholic Acid
Cholic acid, or pure processed ox bile, is a liver enzyme used for digestion. It is particularly helpful in digesting fats and meat protein. This popular blend also contains calcium phosphate, which neutralizes stomach acid.
This formula uses a layered delivery system to ensure that the various herbal extracts perform their intended function in the right part of the digestive tract. The ingredients are cultivated in Europe in a pesticide-free environment and are standardized to ensure uniform potency. The safety profile and demonstrated efficacy of herbs such as artichoke, black radish, and peppermint, particularly in standardized extract form, suggest that this formula may be the answer to the digestive problems of millions of Americans.
Used extensively in Europe and hailed as a huge success, this formulation simultaneously relieves digestive disorders while strengthening the digestive system. While there are numerous products that work on individual symptoms of poor digestion and elimination, this formula stands out because it relieves more than one symptom at the same time. It also helps the liver function properly by enabling the organ to release toxins and encouraging it to produce the correct amount of bile.
The Science behind Europe’s Most Popular Digestive Aid
Immunologist Dr. Mark Pasula, president and research director of Signet Diagnostic Corporation at Oxford Nutritional Center in Florida, believes this herbal formula works because of its two-pronged approach that relieves most digestive disorders while helping build a healthy digestive system.
In short, this digestive aid has the capacity to rapidly relieve symptoms in the short-term, while healing the source of the problems in the long run. It is the formula of choice for patients with digestive complaints who have not responded to food elimination therapy. Within a short time of regularly using the formula, their digestive problems disappear and their digestive system actually strengthens.
Independent clinical research was conducted on this patented formula to analyze the therapeutic effectiveness of the formula among patients with chronic digestive problems. Results showed statistically significant improvement in symptoms during treatment. The unique blend was most successful in eliminating the most frequently occurring symptom, gas, in more than 95% of the cases. Symptoms such as constipation, intestinal pains and cramps, heartburn (reflux), and stomach pains and cramps decreased or were completely eliminated in more than 90% of the cases. Bloating ceased in more than 80%, diarrhea in about 75%, and nausea and vomiting in approximately 65% of the cases.
This digestive aid was found to minimize the assimilation of undigested toxic products that often stay in the gut for prolonged periods of time. Because of its cholepoietic and cholagogic abilities, it was particularly effective in preventing the stagnation of food and bloating in patients whose diet was rich in animal protein and fat. Because there are no specific contraindications, this herbal formula can be taken together with any medication and can be taken by patients with different respiratory, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal disorders. The only group of people who should avoid this formula are those with biliary tract obstruction or gallbladder disease because of the bile-stimulating effects of the black radish and artichoke extracts. It is not known how this formula would affect those who have had their gallbladder removed.