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GI Microb-X

GI Microb-X is a blend of botanical extracts with a long history of use for supporting a healthy gastrointestinal microbial balance. The botanical substances in GI Microb-X are commonly represented on sensitivity testing provided by the major functional laboratories performing stool analysis.

GI Microb-X Features:

  • Tribulus terrestris (also known as puncture vine), a member of the Zygophyllaceae family, is an annual herb found in many tropical and moderate areas of the world, including the US and Mexico, the Mediterranean region, and throughout Asia. Its  effects are the result of active phytochemicals including steroidal saponins currently referred to by medical researchers and physicians as X steroidal saponins. These X steroidal saponins support immune health and have been shown to support microbial balance in the GI tract.
  • Berberine is a bitter-tasting, yellow, plant alkaloid with a long history of medicinal use in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Berberine is present in the roots, rhizomes and stem bark of various plants including Berberis aquifolium (Oregon grape), Berberis vulgaris (barberry), Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal), Coptis chinensis (coptis or goldenthread), and Berberis aristata (tree turmeric). Berberine has also been used historically as a dye, due to its yellow color. Varma first documented the use of berberine in 1933.
  • Sweet Wormwood (Artemesia anuua). It is derived from the inner bark (wood) of the Artemesia annua tree where it kills parasites (worms), therefore it became known by the common name of wormwood.
  • Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) also has a long history of use for supporting optimal GI function and gut mircrobiome balance. 
  • Grapefruit and other citrus seed extracts have long been used in GI health.

  • Bearberry Extract (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) is grown throughout Asia, North America, and Europe and has a long history of medicinal use dating back to the 13th Century. Arbutin, the main chemical constituent of uva ursi, is a phenolic glycoside that becomes hydrolyzed to hydroquinone. This supports the urinary and GI tracts. Other active constituents include tannins, mono and triterpenes, and flavonoids.

  • Caprylic Acid is the common name for the eight-carbon straight chain fatty acid known by the systematic name octanoic acid. It is found naturally in palm and coconut oil, and in breast milk.  Due to its relatively short chain length it has no difficulty in penetrating fatty cell wall membranes, hence its usefulness in supporting gut and microbiome functioning. 

Serving Size:2 capsules
Servings Per Container:30 vegetarian capsules

Active Ingredients:

  • Tribulus terrestris 400 mg
    [standardized to contain 40% furostanol saponins]
  • Wormwood (Artemisia annua).......300 mg
    (stem and leaves)
  • Magnesium Caprylate 300 mg
    (yielding 267 mg Caprylic Acid; 23 mg Magnesium)
  • Berberine Sulfate.......200 mg
    (from Berberis aquifolium)
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract.......200 mg
    (Citrus paradish) (seed)
  • Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) (bark).......100 mg
    [standardized to contain 6% berberine]
  • Bearberry.......100 mg
    (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) (leaf)
  • Black Walnut.......100 mg
    (Julglans nigra)(hull/leaves/bark)

 Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose.

Recommended Use: As a dietary supplement, take one capsule per day on an empty stomach, or as directed by your health care practitioner. 

 Previously it said to take 2 caps / day or as directed by your health care practitioner. 

 From our Nutritionist: As a practitioner, I can tell you that it is good to start out with one cap per day before a meal, then increase to 2 caps, and work up to this: take two capsules daily upon arising and 2 capsules at bedtime. Change to taking with a meal if it causes stomach upset. You will likely get better results by taking it this way.

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  11. Khin, Maung U., Myo, Khin, Nyunt, Nyunt Wai, Aye, Kyaw, and Tin, U. Clinical trial of berberine in acute watery diarrhoea. Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 12-7-1985;291(6509):1601-1605.
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UPC 87945200179
Manufacturer: DFH

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5 star rating Strong stuff! 11/28/2013 GI Microb-X Caps by Designs For Health (DFH)5
Reviewed by Lorie from Normal, IL.
This product is very effective but strong. I had to reduce my dosage, and I still got the results I wanted.

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