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Heather's Tummy Tamers™ Peppermint Oil Caps ~ Best for IBS pain, bloating & gas
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Heather's Tummy Tamers™ Peppermint Oil Caps ~
A Medical Food for the Dietary Management of IBS
Peppermint oil capsules, as part of the diet, have been clinically proven to help IBS symptoms, even in children. A recent survey of clinical trials declared peppermint oil capsules the "drug of first choice" for IBS patients with constipation or diarrhea, to alleviate general symptoms, and to improve quality of life. For published studies, check the IBS Research Library.
*Peppermint, as part of the diet, helps relieve abdominal pain, diarrhea, and urgency from IBS. Menthol and methyl salicylate, the main active ingredients of peppermint, have calming effects on the stomach and intestinal tract.
Although peppermint is such a powerful smooth muscle relaxant that it can trigger GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) or heartburn in people who are susceptible, Heather's Tummy Tamers™ Peppermint Oil Caps are enteric coated so they do not dissolve in the stomach. Instead, they pass through the digestive tract intact until they reach the intestines.
For this reason, Heather's Tummy Tamers™ Peppermint Oil Caps are often very helpful for people with both reflux and IBS who cannot tolerate peppermint in other forms (such as teas or foods).
However, individual tolerance levels for peppermint vary greatly among people who are prone to heartburn, so if you have severe reflux you may not be able to use peppermint in any form, even when enteric coated. Please tell your physician if you have heartburn or reflux before you use peppermint, and follow these instructions for using the Tummy Tamers.
*Fennel, as part of the diet, helps regulate contractions of the small intestine and aids gas expulsion. Fennel also relaxes the gut, which can relieve spasms of the GI tract. As a result, fennel assists in the dietary management of IBS gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. Fennel is exceptionally beneficial for bloating and gas.
*Ginger contains powerful digestive enzymes, and is helpful for a wide variety of gastrointestinal ailments.
Heather's Tummy Tamers™ Peppermint Oil Capsules are considered a medical food, and they are specially formulated to address global IBS symptoms through the synergistic effects of peppermint, fennel, and ginger oils.
A 2005 study in Phytomedicine reviewed 16 clinical trials investigating enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules in IBS. Nine out of 16 studies were randomized double blind cross over trials, five had a randomized double blind parallel group design and two were open labeled studies.
Placebos were used in 12 trials and anticholinergics (smooth muscle relaxant drugs) in three studies as comparator. Eight out of 12 placebo controlled studies showed statistically significant effects in favor of peppermint oil capsules. Average response rates in terms of "overall success" were 58% (range 39-79%) for peppermint oil caps versus 29% (range 10-52%) for placebo. The three studies versus smooth muscle relaxants did not show differences between treatments; in other words, the peppermint oil capsules were as effective as the drugs. The study noted that both anticholinergic drugs and 5HT3/4-ant/agonists (such as Zelnorm and Lotronex) do not offer superior improvement rates over peppermint oil caps.
Taking into account the currently available drug treatments for IBS, the study noted that peppermint oil capsules may be the drug of first choice in IBS patients with non-serious constipation or diarrhea to alleviate general symptoms and to improve quality of life.
What makes Heather's Tummy Tamers special?
While there are several different brands of peppermint oil capsules on the market, Tummy Tamers are the only ones formulated specifically for the special needs of people with IBS. How do we do this?
Our first concern is that people with IBS are statistically more prone to heartburn, and peppermint is contraindicated for people with heartburn, GERD, and reflux. We have tried very hard to work around this problem, however.
The Tummy Tamers capsules are enteric coated, which allows them to pass through the stomach without dissolving until they reach the small intestines. This enteric coating is resistant to stomach acid.
In fact, we use fifty percent more than the industry standard amount of enteric coating on our Tummy Tamers, to allow as many people as possible to use them for IBS without aggravating any upper GI issues.
Second, we formulated Tummy Tamers to contain not just peppermint oil but fennel and ginger oils as well.
Clinical studies have shown that peppermint oil is exceptionally beneficial for IBS abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhea, and urgency (and it will NOT worsen constipation). Fennel helps relax the gut, regulates contractions of the small intestine, and aids bloating and gas. Plus, it's known to have a calming effect on the bowel. Ginger contains powerful digestive enzymes and has historically been a remedy for nausea.
In addition, both fennel and ginger are traditional remedies for heartburn. Together with the peppermint oil in the Tummy Tamers, they have a synergistic effect on global IBS symptoms without the heartburn risk of peppermint alone.
Even though Tummy Tamers have extra enteric coating, which makes them more expensive to produce, they are actually one of if not the most economical brand of peppermint oil capsules on the market!
How to take Heather's Tummy Tamers
How you take peppermint oil caps can make a world of difference. The capsules MUST be taken on an empty stomach, as they need to pass through the stomach unimpeded so they can reach the intestines before they dissolve. This can take a bit of time, so for this reason it's best to use the capsules to head off IBS symptoms in the first place.
However, some people with severe GERD, reflux, or chronic heartburn may still have problems with the peppermint capsules if they dissolve in the stomach before reaching the intestines. The antispasmodic effect you want to happen in your intestines will then occur in the stomach, and this relaxes the esophageal sphincter at the top of the stomach. That can lead to heartburn.
There are a several measures that can prevent this from happening:
1) Take the Tummy Tamers on an empty stomach at least one hour before a meal. This gives the capsules plenty of time to reach the intestines before they dissolve. (If you're not prone to heartburn, you must still take the caps on an empty stomach, but you can take them right before a meal.)
2) Never take Tummy Tamers during or after a meal because the food will delay the capsules from reaching the intestines, and this could cause them to dissolve in the stomach.
3) Drink just enough cool - not hot - liquid to swallow a capsule easily. While the enteric coating makes them resistant to stomach acid, the capsules are water soluble. Limiting the amount of liquid they'll be floating around in will help them reach their destination without dissolving.
4) Don't take the Tummy Tamers at the same time as any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) meant to lower your stomach acid. Lowering the stomach acid makes the enteric coating less likely to work (remember, it's resistant to high acid). For folks who need to take these medications, try taking the Tummy Tamers about an hour before you take the acid lowering/blocking medication, and then have your meal.
Serving Size: 1 capsule
Enteric coating allows the capsules to pass through the stomach without dissolving and release the three herbal oils within the intestines.
Ingredients: Peppermint Oil Extract, Ginger Oil, Fennel Oil, Gelatin, Soybean Oil, Glycerin, Enteric Coating, Water and Carob.
Contains no: sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, milk or preservatives
Directions: Take one capsule, one to three times daily, with just enough cool liquid to swallow easily. Do not take with a large glass of liquid as this can dissolve the enteric coating (the coating is impervious to stomach acid but dissolves in water). Take on an empty stomach one hour before eating if you are at all prone to heartburn. Alternately, if you are not prone to heartburn, take one capsule right before a meal. Do not chew.
* This product is a medical food for the dietary management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and is intended to be used under a physician's supervision.
I just wanted to send you a short note to say thank you for improving the peppermint oil capsules. I've been taking them every day since I received them three weeks ago and have had no problems at all with dissolving too early in my stomach.
My husband and I continue to be amazed by how helpful your products have been for me after my doctors could find "nothing wrong" and the medicines they prescribed made things worse for me.
Just wanted to let you know that I am taking the peppermint oil pills twice a day for a couple of weeks now, and my IBS has abated significantly.
I love your peppermint oil pills. They work as well as Bentyl, the prescription that I was taking for my cramping and bloating, without the worry of chemicals and side effects. Thank you.
We're not sure how long my husband, Tello, has had IBS, but he has suffered with some digestive difficulty for most of the 10 years we've been together. I didn't realize how much I had altered my life to accommodate his needs. I was so very happy to find your site after another night at the ER. It is so discouraging and angering to see how his pain is dismissed. The entire issue is so embarrassing for him he will hardly speak of it and I'm sure he downplays the severity of the pain once the Dr. arrives. Enough of that.
I am happy to report that Tello has lost the painful, full, bloated feeling in his lower abdomen. He attributes it to the peppermint oil caps and Acacia Tummy Fiber. He began following the IBS diet since 4/10 and the supplements a few weeks later. The hypnotherapy CDs are just coming out of the package and have been a nice addition to our evening routine. He is looking forward to continued improvement.
Again, thank you for sharing and being so generous with the information provided on your site. If I have anything to do with it he'll not ever have an attack so severe again. For men with IBS I think it is crucial for their wives and partners to be very informed and very involved.
I tried your peppermint oil pills and they are wonderful. My stomach feels so "normal" - much calmer and less irritated. What a difference. Thanks!
To further update you, I've been following the diet for just over a full month. It's working exceptionally well. I took myself off the Zelnorm completely, and I use your peppermint oil capsules instead.
The dull pain is completely gone, and the bloating is even calming down. I am getting used to this new way of eating, and I don't really feel like I am deprived of anything. In fact, it seems that I am eating all the time. It's a little more work ensuring that I always have safe foods with me, but it's worth it. I've had a pelvic ultrasound and a few other tests in order to rule out other problems, and I am seeing my doctor next week for a final review. I will be sure to tell her about your book, so that from now on she can direct her IBS patients in a more HELPFUL manner. It still upsets me that none of my doctors would provide me with real, effective, solutions.
I've said it many times, but I can't thank you enough for sharing this invaluable information. I have two young boys, and its been difficult trying to deal with them while feeling uncomfortable all the time. They are glad to have me back in good health.
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