Licorice root has traditionally been used for digestive support, as well as helping to support the immune system.* It also may help to promote adrenal gland function and support energy levels, as well as enhancing mucus fluidity in the lungs and bronchial tubes.*
Bromelain is a natural powerful digestive enzyme found in pineapple. Bromelain may have blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful in supporting joint and muscle health.* In a double-blind trial, patients with sinusitis received bromelain or a placebo for six days. Both inflammation and breathing difficulty were reduced to a significantly greater extent in the bromelain group vs. the placebo.45
Digestive Enzymes (Amylase, Lactase, Protease, Cellulase, Lipase) break down the nutritional components of foods (carbohydrates, protein, and fat), making these nutrients available for supporting the vital functions of the body.
Probiotics are the "good" bacteria naturally found in the digestive tract. These beneficial microorganisms may help to maintain a healthy intestinal flora and support digestive health.* They also may help maintain colon health and healthy cholesterol levels.* An 8-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 70 overweight people found that a probiotic treatment could reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol by about 8%.50
L-glutamine is a major fuel source for intestinal, immune, and brain cells and therefore may support healthy brain function, digestion and immune health.* It also regulates nitrogen transport to and from muscle tissue, thereby helping to support lean muscle.* It may also help play a role in regulating blood sugar.* A double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated the benefits of supplemental glutamine taken at the end of exercise in endurance athletes and found a significant decrease in infections among treated athletes. Only 19% of the athletes taking glutamine got sick, as compared to 51% of those on placebo.58