As a major cause of gastroenteritis, food poisoning leads to a well-established list of unpleasant symptoms. Gastroenteritis is mainly caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites. Therefore, when the source of such infection is contaminated food, this is what leads to food poisoning. Some of the symptoms associated with gastroenteritis include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pains. In more severe cases, especially for young and very old people, this condition results in mild dehydration.
Gastroenteritis and food poisoning often resolve themselves without any medical intervention. However, treatment is recommended as it is targeted towards significantly reducing the symptoms and preventing extensive complications such as dehydration.
This anti-food poisoning extra combines a list of proven natural extracts to help fight the mild symptoms that are associated with gastroenteritis. They are formulated by a professional herbalist who blends natural ingredients that have been proven to work through scientific studies.
What’s an Oxymel?
Derived from an ancient Greek word oymeli that loosely translates to acid and honey, an oxymel is a term used to denote a herbal extraction of vinegar and raw honey. While it has been known that raw apple cider vinegar brings about a host of health benefits, oxymel combines these crucial health benefits of apple cider vinegar with the benefits of honey to bring about an ingestible extract for greater health benefits.
BlackBerry leaf: Blackberry leaves contain active ingredients with proven health-promoting benefits. The phytochemical analysis of blackberry leaves of various varieties such as Chester, Loch Tay, Ruczai and Loch Ness, in addition to screening of their biological activity shows that the leaves are laden with antioxidant potential, possibility of inhibition of enzymes, anti-inflammatory and microbial activity. Blackberry leaf extracts show exceptionally high anti-inflammatory effect especially for the Loch Ness variety which is a critical highlight feature for the treatment of gastroenteritis. Furthermore, the leaf extract for Loch Ness variety show notable potential for microbial activity against food poisoning bacteria such as Lactobacillus spp. and Candida spp.
Calendula: Calendula officinalis (C. officinalis) is one of the most frequently used medicinal plants among Iranian people which is native to the Mediterranean regions. Commonly known as pot marigold, Candula officinalis is an annual herb that belongs to the family Asteraceae. Calendula can be extensively used as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and cicatrizing in addition to being a light antibacterial and antiviral agent. The plant contains compounds such as saponins, xanthophylls, and flavonoids which show anti-oxidative and antimicrobial effects.
Elecampane: This is an herb whose roots have been proven to have medicinal value. Elecampane is applied in the treatment of well known conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, intestinal worms, and many other conditions. Elecampane contains chemicals that have the potential to kill worms that are bound to infest the gut. They also contain chemicals that have been proven to reduce inflammation. It’s action in the fighting of know bacteria such as E. coli, S. typhimurium, B. cereus, S. aureus, and L. monocytogenes is what makes the plant extract a good anti-food poisoning agent when used in a blended mixture.
Raw honey: Honey in its raw form has been proven to have effective antibacterial and antifungal properties. Through extensive research, it has been proven that raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus since it contains natural components such as hydrogen peroxide, which is a known antiseptic. Its proven treatment for digestive issues such as diarrhea is derived from its known effective fight against Helicobacter pylori bacteria, a common cause of stomach ulcers. As a potent prebiotic, it nourishes the good bacteria that resides in the intestines that enhance good digestion for overall health.
Apple cider vinegar: The antibacterial features of this readily available home remedy help to fight against foodborne pathogenic bacteria that is the key cause of food poisoning.
Lemon-ginger syrup: This syrup combines the antioxidant properties of lemon and the antimicrobial properties of ginger to help in digestion through proper absorption of essential nutrients. When used together as syrup, they help fight the symptoms of gastroenteritis such as nausea and vomiting.
- Antidiarrheal agents. The common natural ingredients help reduce the frequency of diarrhea. The anti-inflammatory properties of these natural extracts help reduce over activity of the intestines.
- Oral rehydration therapy. This helps to counter dehydration that is caused by extensive vomiting and diarrhoea that expels a lot of body fluids. Oral rehydration therapy of this natural extracts means that they will encourage you to drink fluids with sugars and salts to effectively replenish body electrolytes.
- Antibiotic properties: These are useful in fighting bacterial infections even though they have no effect on viruses. Research shows that the antibiotics properties of some of the listed ingredients notably shorten disease course or severity with gastroenteritis or food borne illness.