GASTRIC REPAIR COMPLEX is a unique and effective combination product using soothing mucilaginous herbs and bicarbonates for the support of upper gastrointestinal function and comfort. When the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach becomes weak, the result can be a painful and irritating reflux of acid into the esophagus.
Many products sold today for GI disorders act to block hydrochloric acid production or neutralize it. The problem with this approach is the inhibition of normal digestion and assimilation of protein, fat, carbohydrate, B vitamins, and minerals. Blocking hydrochloric acid also increases the risk of Helicobacter pylori infection of the stomach and/or intestinal dysbiosis. Intestinal dysbiosis occurs when the ideal balance of healthy bacteria is disrupted by the growth of bacteria, yeast, and other intestinal pathogens. The stomach normally functions to reduce entrance of these organisms through the sterilizing effects of its hydrochloric acid output. When hydrochloric acid is blocked or neutralized, this protection is lost and pathogens find easy entrance into the digestive system. Gastric Repair Complex enhances the development of normal protective mucosal barriers.
Serving size: 2 capsules Number of servings per container: 30
DEGLYCYRRHIZINATED LICORICE (DGL) (GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA): has been shown to increase the mass, quality and production of gastric/duodenal mucous. This effect has a beneficial effect of promoting healing of inflamed tissues, including ulcers. Studies have shown the DGL enhances replication of the goblet cells in the stomach lining, thus facilitating an enhanced protective mucosal output. DGL does not have the negative side effect of sodium retention, fluid retention and increased blood pressure that standard licorice products have. DGL is side effect free. In controlled trials, treatment with DGL has been shown to be as effective as common antihistamine-blockers in reducing symptoms associated with gastric ulcers.
MASTIC GUM (PISTACIA LENTISCUS) tree resin releases substances that have astringent properties. Mastic gum has been used to freshen breath and tighten gums.
ALOE VERA (ALOE BARBADENSIS) is a mucopolysaccharide gel that has wound healing and anti- inflammatory properties. X-ray studies have confirmed its beneficial activity on duodenal tissue health. Aloe vera has a long and deserved reputation as a soothing agent for inflamed tissues.
BISMUTH CITRATE is a salt of citric acid. It is a histamine-receptor antagonist and decreases the output of hydrochloric acid by the gastric cells. Bismuth citrate also has natural antimicrobial properties and may help combat infections caused by H. pylori. In clinical trials comparing bismuth citrate with proton pump inhibitors, bismuth citrate was shown to be as effective at eradicating H. pylori when combined with targeted antibiotic therapy.
POTASSIUM/SODIUM BICARBONATE are both alkaline compounds that may have a neutralizing effect on stomach acid. Use may help restore gastric comfort.
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11/12/2012 Gastric Repair Complex Capsules by Biogenesis Nutraceuticals1
Reviewed by sammi from Los Angeles.
Diagnosed with erosive gastritis.
Based on a recommendation by my Naturopathic doctor, I took the Gastric Repair Complex capsules for 6 weeks. Did not feel any relief of my symptom (burning pain in the stomach) after 6 weeks, so my Naturopathic doctor told me to stop using the product.
Response from our Nutritionist & Biogenesis ND:
The product generally works very well BUT should accompany other diet and lifestyle changes with any patient with erosive gastritis. When I see a patient with this condition I evaluate the effect for food intolerance and/or allergy and also their intake of provoking foods such as high acid foods or acid stimulant foods and spices. Also, if Helicobacter pylori is involved Gastric Repair may be sufficient but not in all cases. Occasionally a Rx prescription therapy is needed as most allopaths would do or other natural treatments. So, I guess without the exact details of all the other stuff that should be done in these cases it is difficult for me to determine the reason for non response. Gastric Repair Complex is certainly soothing and has some mild anti-acid benefits, but, often root causes of the gastritis must be determined or if provoking triggers are not eliminated they block the healing process.
Gastritis can also be exacerbated by high stress, so if you have high stress in your life, I would encourage you to incorporate stress reducing techniques such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, guided imagery, counseling, etc.