Cascara Sagrada, also known as buckthorn, is a traditional herbal remedy used to help with constipation and digestive problems. The components responsible for the laxative effect are called cascarosides. They act as an irritant to the colon causing peristalsis (involuntary constriction and relaxation of muscles in the intestines) and stool evacuation. Like Cascara, the roots of the Rhubarb plant have been used in traditional medicine. Do to it being a high-fiber food it is used to alleviate digestion issues such as constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating while maintaining healthy digestive processes.
Psyllium seed is high in fiber, mucilage, and is a bulk-forming laxative which means it expands onces ingesting forming a gel-like mass by using the water inside the colon. This allows for the elimination of waste out of the colon more quickly and efficiently. Licorice root from herb the Glycyrrhiza glabra has a long been used in traditional medicine of Europe and Asia. Licorice root has been shown to be effective against heartburn, nausea, indigestion and stomach pain.
Ginger and ginger root (Zingiber officinale) has high levels of vital nutrients and bioactive compounds needed for brain and body health. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound responsible for gingers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Fennel or Foeniculum vulgare, is rich in essential nutrient such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It also has a high amount of vitamin C which acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting against cellular damage caused by free radicals. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), also known as orange root, yellow root, and yellow puccoon is an herb native to North America with some impressive health benefits. The berberine sulfate in goldenseal may alleviate symptoms of various digestive issues and bacterial infections.