You may have heard us talk about IBgard – a CDHF certified product that we have featured in one of our blog posts, or seen them with us at one of our events. If you are wondering what the little green box is and how it has helped patients with symptoms of IBS, keep reading!
IBgard is a capsule filled with triple-coated micro-spheres of l-Menthol (which is just a fancy-pants way for saying concentrated peppermint). Peppermint has historically been used for digestive disorders, as it’s soothing properties help relax muscles, reduce hypersensitivity, and take a serious edge off the pain. IBgard has been designed so that it waits until it has made it into the small bowel to dissolve, effectively avoiding the potential risk of indigestion that sometimes accompanies a high intake of peppermint.
Once in the small intestine, this little IBS fighter gets right to work! IBgard has undergone these rigorous clinical trials and have been cleared for both safety and efficacy. The results have been overwhelmingly positive in the test groups, with 61% of patients needing only 1-2 capsules to begin relieving IBS symptoms, including abdominal pain.
Day to day life can be hectic and stressful even without having to deal with the debilitating symptoms of IBS. Though IBgard is not a cure for this chronic condition, it can possibly help you manage the daily pain you struggle through and make it easier for you to do things like go to work, and live your best life on your days off. We’ve compiled two patient experiences with IBgard so you can get a better idea of what these little capsules are capable of.
Julie C. is newly engaged and planning a wedding — and busy in her career as an office supervisor in social work for a non-profit organization. She has an active lifestyle and little time to have a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome get in the way.
Julie recalls having the typical symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome while she was in college, which was abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, and alternating diarrhea and constipation. That was more than 15 years ago. At that time, she had a full schedule of courses, worked part-time and had several internships with local businesses. “I thought that these symptoms were related to my lifestyle of being ‘on-the-go all the time’ and never linked to a medical condition,” Julie said.
Once Julie graduated from college and started work as a social worker for a non-profit organization, she had an active work schedule with meetings in the community throughout the day. “I was beginning a new career with major responsibilities, which was an exciting time of my life. I had to do well at work but I also had to manage my painful intestinal problems, which meant having to frequently stop in bathrooms at client sites, which was incredibly embarrassing. Although my coworkers were understanding, the condition affected my life and my work.”
Julie had suffered intestinal problems for years that were eventually diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome by her primary care doctor about five years ago. She went through the usual diagnostic and blood tests and was even prescribed some prescription medications for her abdominal flare-ups. She was instructed to alter her diet, exercise regularly and take part in stress management techniques, even yoga. Julie read all she could about the condition of irritable bowel syndrome and the various treatment alternatives. “I knew that IBS is a functional disorder and there is no cure, so I had to find a way to live with the condition. I also didn’t like the idea of being on a prescription medication for the rest of my life that had the potential to cause unpleasant side effects.”
Recently, Julie was searching for more natural products to help ease the symptoms of her condition quickly and reliably. “I came across IBgard® and discussed this product with my doctor, who recommended that I try it under medical supervision,” she said.
“After taking IBgard® on a regular basis for 2 to 3 times a day for several weeks, it changed my life for the better and gave me peace of mind. I also take great comfort in the fact that IBgard® is a natural product with no added chemicals,” she said. “I don’t worry now about being in the bathroom because of intense cramping and bloating and having bouts of diarrhea and constipation. IBgard® has a soothing effect on my gut. The product completely diminished my abdominal cramping and bloating – and now, for the first time in years, I have normal bowel movements.”
Julie said that “taking IBgard® saved my life. I can go about my usual day, or even go on vacation or out to dinner with family and friends, with the peace of mind and confidence that a natural product, like IBgard® works and makes a difference.”
Seth has a lifetime ahead of him. Newly married and back from a vacation in Hawaii, Seth has a world of memories to create. For him, staying informed about the latest research and health options, talking with his doctor, participating in regular exercise regimes and watching his diet is his way of controlling irritable bowel syndrome and continuing on with life.
Seth has a positive outlook on life, which he believes is critically important to how he approaches his condition. Diagnosed five years ago with IBS, he experienced the typical symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. “I tried many medication options, both prescription and over-the-counter, adjusted my diet by eating fruits and vegetables and exercised regularly to get to a place that I am today. I am always looking for new research and different options.”
Seth studied applied nutrition in college, so, he pays extra attention to how he feels on a daily basis. “My wife, Marnina, and family are very supportive which is a great feeling. I am more attuned to my body and what works for me. Flare-ups of IBS symptoms are the worst days because there is more abdominal bloating, so I am always making improvements in my lifestyle and diet.” He exercises regularly which also helps a great deal, something he has always done during high school and college, participating in sporting activities.
As a nutritionist and former health coach, Seth puts a lot of emphasis on referencing evidence-based literature. He came across IBgard® recently when he was doing research on the properties of peppermint oil in the management of IBS. “Of all the medical foods on the market, peppermint oil has more evidence-based, scientific support. I actually enjoyed taking IBgard® because it calmed my angry gut. It was analogous to a lotion that coated my intestines.” As a patient outreach specialist in health care, Seth knows the importance of empirical evidence.
Seth won’t let anything stand in his way of having a great time. He enjoys life immensely and gets great pleasure of going up in a helicopter and hiking and zip lining.
IBgard, is a great example of an over-the-counter product that has been clinically tested and proven to improve symptoms of IBS within 24 hours. IBgard has come up with a special triple-coated, sustained released formula that delivers a capsule containing 45% I-Menthol (concentrated peppermint oil) to the small intestine.
In fact, 75.6% of patients surveyed reported that IBS symptom reduction occurred within 1-2 hours. More than 96% indicated that they felt moderate to major symptom improvement, and 92.7% of patients claimed they felt moderate to major improvements in quality of life.
This product is easily attainable and available over the counter. Patients tested saw relief in symptoms over the course of 24 hours and continued relief over a 3-4 week period. You can read the full clinical study here, or, if you’re interested in giving IBgard a try, you can also fill out a survey to get a free trial sample here