6 Proven Herbs That Banish Leaky Gut (new science)
Have you ever been either constipated or had diarrhoea, felt extremely fatigued, and struggled with skin problems? Well, then chances are you may be suffering from leaky gut.
Also known as increased intestinal permeability, leaky gut can take place after the intestinal wall is trespassed by some virus or bacteria, which can debilitate the insides of the intestines.
In recent decades, different important medical organisations and the leading medical science institutes discovered that leaky gut symptoms can be treated with some types of herbs. Whether you add them to your daily tea, soups or similar hot infusions, herbs can be the best allies to treat the effects of leaky gut.
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Fortunately, we have a list of the best herbs that might be helpful if you're dealing with the horrendous symptoms of a leaky gut.
Read on to find out!
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#1 - Marshmallow Root
Also known as Althaea officinalis, this herb has its origins in Europe, Eastern Asia, and Northern Africa, and it comes from the marshmallow plant, a flowering plant capable of growing four to six feet tall in the correct environmental conditions.
The marshmallow root, which is incredibly resistant to its own degradation, offers healing properties that help beat the symptoms of leaky gut. Marshmallow root stimulates the production of epithelial cells, which help reinforce and protect the walls of the internal tissues from outsider pathogens and bacteria (1).
Furthermore, marshmallow root tea helps mitigate the symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions and diarrhoea (2). All of these benefits occur due to the mucilage that’s present in this plant.
Mucilage is a biological substance that is present in many plants and vegetal organisms. It is helpful and beneficial to humans because it works as a fibre that helps the body produce protective films in the walls of the different organs that interact with outside matter, such as the respiratory system, the digestive system and the intestinal tract. (2)
#2 - Aquamin F
The next useful herb to treat leaky gut on our list is Aquamin F. But what is this strangely named substance?
Aquamin is a biological, veggie-friendly, multi-mineral complex that is made of extracts from red mineral algae. This product has become very popular and it has been a widely recommended option for people that may need to boost calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D2 levels.
Research has shown that this herb can act as an effective enhancer for gastrointestinal microbiota (3). And, as you may know, having a rich and nurtured microbiota is key. To stay healthy, we need a diversity of healthy gut bacteria, so the intestines can access more nutrients that grant them the energy they need to process the food and protect their internal walls simultaneously.
Another great advantage that Aquamin F has shown to bring to the table is its capacity to inhibit the production of intestinal inflammation and polyps. This occurs thanks to the levels of magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D2 (that, when combined, are the best anti-inflammatory components) present in red algae (4).
#3 - Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a unique herb that's genetically related to the different families of mint that exist, and it is historically referred to as the “calming herb”.
Its popularity dates back to medieval times, when it was utilised for different medical and therapeutic purposes, such as treating wounds, reducing anxiety and stress, restoring natural sleeping cycles and, most importantly, curing the symptoms of indigestion and other gastrointestinal diseases.
When included in our day-to-day diet, lemon balm helps our body fight different types of bacteria that usually appear when we suffer from leaky gut (5).
Besides, the concentration of vitamin B12 in lemon balm makes it the best alternative against the inflammation of the digestive and intestinal nerves, which are commonly the most affected tissues and nerves when we suffer from leaky gut.
#4 - Liquorice Root
This ancient root is a type of legume native to the regions of Western Asia and is commonly utilised as a flavouring enhancer in tobacco products, such as cigarettes, candy and edible sweets.
The extracts of liquorice are often used for herbalism, alternative therapeutic activities and botanic-related medicine. An excess of dosage with Liquorice could have adverse effects, like the rising of blood pressure levels and harmful cardiac conditions, so be mindful of each serving.
Still, liquorice root could not only treat the symptoms of leaky gut, but also the physical manifestations of rising stress levels. Liquorice root produces an increasing presence of mucosal fluid within the stomach and duodenum, which eases up the pain produced by gastrointestinal irritations and leaky gut symptoms (6). A suitable dosage of this herb can also work as a very potent antispasmodic, which can help prevent and stop painful cramps and similar stomach pains.
#5 - Chamomile
Chamomile is maybe one of the most ancient and historically relevant medicinal herbs in human history. This herb is part of the vegetal family Asteraceae and was discovered during the Roman Empire’s expansion in Europe. Its applications and useful properties are endless
Chamomile can be used against ulcers, superficial wounds, diarrhoea, and most specifically the stimulation of the vagus nerve, one of the core fundamental nerves that suffer the ugliest parts of inflammation from leaky gut (7).
#6 - Turmeric Root
Last but not least, the benefits of fighting leaky gut with Turmeric Root are pretty much worth mentioning, too. Taken from the turmeric plant, which grows in the vast Asian continent, turmeric root resembles a lot the Ginger root at first glance.
This root is often used for the production of spices and herbal tea, two products that, according to recent scientific studies, strengthen the capacities of the gut’s permeability (8), which actually reduces the chances of suffering from leaky gut and other digestive issues (9).