CDHF Certified Product Reviews


CDHF Certified was created to help the public and health care professionals make informed choices. The CDHF Certified Symbol of Distinction as a reassurance that products bearing the symbol can be trusted to have met a standard of safety and efficacy.

CDHF Certified is an objective program supported by research. It is not influenced by brands nor manufactures. The seal confers a level of benefit to the digestive health of consumers.

For every product bearing the CDHF Certified Symbol of Distinction, the CDHF conducts an independent, peer-reviewed, assessment of the body of evidence associated with the constituent of a specific product which claims to elicit a specific outcome. Scientific evidence gathered from independent sources is reviewed by the CDHF and external experts. This evidence must emanate from authoritative scientific or regulatory bodies and consistently support the claims of the ingredient, the product, its packaging, labelling and all related advertising in order for the product to be deemed acceptable by the CDHF Certified program to bear the CDHF Certified Symbol of Distinction. Only constituents of a specific product that have been approved through the CDHF Certified Program have exclusive permission to use the CDHF Certified Symbol of Distinction designation on their packaging and advertising.

Please note: The CDHF Certified Symbol of Distinction is not a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment of a new or pre-existing condition.

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IBgard® Product Review

IBgard® product

IBgard® is a natural health product that contains the medicinal ingredient peppermint oil, standardized for l-menthol content, which helps improve symptoms of IBS, including abdominal pain, bloating, and urgency of bowel movement. You do not require a prescription for IBgard®.

IBgard® should be taken as directed on the label. IBgard® is intended for adult use (18 years of age and older) and the recommended dosage is two (2) capsules three times a day, 30-90 minutes before each meal, with approximately 240 mL (1 cup) of water. In a recent clinical study, IBgard® has been shown to start working within 24 hours! It can be delivered quickly and reliably to the small intestine where it’s needed most via a patented technology called SST® (Site Specific Targeting) technology.

IBgard® proudly displays the CDHF Certified Symbol of Distinction which indicates that CDHF acknowledges the efficacy and safety of IBgard® for the relief and improvement of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) including abdominal pain within 24 hours.

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The Cultured Coconut

Creating and maintaining a broad diversity of microbes in the gut has been viewed as an important biomarker for good health - numerous studies have observed lower diversity as being associated with various diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, obesity, and other health concerns.

A microbial analysis that was conducted by a bioscience food lab in Cork, Ireland confirmed that there are 4+ trillion CFU in just 1 daily tablespoon of The Cultured Coconut. Its full spectrum of 40+ probiotic strains have formed naturally through the traditional fermentation cycle. The kefir grains used, living entities that resemble little gelatinous pieces of cauliflower, essentially infuse the coconut milk with an exceptionally high level of probiotic bacteria and beneficial yeast. Thanks to Mother Nature, every single probiotic strain is in the perfect ratio to one another. As a result, they all possess an inherent ability to work together synergistically and act in unison as a natural family.

During the traditional fermentation cycle, these microbes have had to evolve in order to cope in an acidic environment.  As a result, they’re naturally able to withstand the gastric acid in order to then have an influence in the intestinal area beyond the stomach.

The beneficial bacteria in The Cultured Coconut are both live and active (in liquid form), so they can start to take immediate effect. They also have the unique advantage of making physical contact on their journey between your mouth and the stomach.

The Cultured Coconut is safe to take daily and on a long-term basis. For further information on traditionally-fermented kefir, a scientific article entitled ‘The Microbiota and Health Promoting Characteristics of the Fermented Beverage Kefir’ can be found here.

Bio-K+ IBS Control

Bio-K+ IBS Control is proudly certified by Canada’s trusted resource on digestive health, the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF). This certification assures Canadians and health care professionals of the quality, efficacy and integrity of the product in relation to digestive health.

Bio-K+ IBS Control is a clinically proven probiotic designed to help improve the quality of life in people with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D). The quality of life score and assessment was used to assess the impact of IBS and its treatment for eight validated domains: dysphoria, interference with activity, body image, health worry, food avoidance, social reaction, sexual, and relationships.

Our unique and patented formula contains our proprietary blend of Lacticaseibacillus casei LBC80R®, Lacticaseibacillus rhamnosus CLR2® and Lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285® scientifically studied for its effects on IBS symptoms. In a randomized controlled trial, Bio-K+ IBS Control helped normalized stool consistency and frequency and helped reduce the number of days with abdominal pain in IBS-D patients while also helping to improve quality of life.

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Find all the benefits of Activia, in a smoothie that perfectly mixes chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries, dates, pomegranate and beets, for those moments when we want to combine an explosion of flavours with more than 1 billion active probiotics*. With no added sugar, this smoothie is a surefire way to satisfy your tastebuds!

Activia Smoothie, as all of Activia’s products, contains an exclusive strain of beneficial bacteria, or probiotic, called B.L Regularis®. Activia can help support your gut health** and is backed by 20 years of scientific research.

*With more than 109 CFU Bifidobacterium lactis per serving, a probiotic that contributes to healthy gut flora.

**Activia may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive issues like: bloating, gas, discomfort and rumbling when consumed twice per day (2x100g yogurt cups or 2x190ml Smoothie) for 2 weeks as part of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Click here to learn more.