There is a dizzying array of gastric supplements on the market. If you’re like me starting my research, I felt overwhelmed and confused! However, it’s not as complicated as it first looks; most of them contain relatively few ingredients and these ingredients generally fit into one or two of the following categories:
Probiotics – these are the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, yeast such as saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Prebiotics – these are the foods of the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, FOS and MOS for instance.
Substances that are slimy – these protect the lining of the stomach and gut, protecting it from being scratched by food passing through and some stomach acid. Linseed oil, pectin and beta glucans are good examples.
Substances that have a neutralising effect on the stomach acid – calcium and magnesium, for example.
Substances that remove/destroy or help the body to protect itself from harmful toxins and ‘bad bacteria’.
For a list of the most common ingredients in gastric supplements and which categories they fit into, click here.