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Magnolia Bark for Digestive Health
Magnolia Bark (Magnolia officinalis) is a species of the Magnolia tree that’s native to the mountains and valleys of China. The Chinese name for the botanical, houpu, refers to the thick (hou) bark that is the unadorned (pu) portion of the tree.
The highly aromatic bark has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) since at least 100 A.D. to address a number of health conditions including digestive complaints, immune health concerns, sleeplessness, and poor mood. In fact, in Taiwan the bark extract is the single most prescribed traditional remedy for constipation.
The bark of the tree contains two potent antioxidant compounds—magnolol and honokiol—which researchers believe hold the key to the botanical’s healing abilities. In one Japanese study, researchers determined that these two components of Magnolia officinalis are one thousand times more potent than alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) in their antioxidant activity.
For digestive health, magnolol and honokiol contain anti-spasmodic properties which help relax all sections of the digestive tract, including the stomach, small intestine and colon. In scientific terms, the bark’s active compounds help balance the release of acetylcholine, the digestive chemical that tells your stomach to relax.
In essence, these compounds act like a natural muscle relaxers for your digestive system, soothing digestive spasms that occur when your stomach rhythm is out of whack. By easing these spasms, magnolia bark extract helps to move food all the way through your digestive tract, smoothly and easily.
Magnolia bark also works to address feelings of anxiousness and stress which can impact your digestive health. Under stressful situations feelings of nausea, gurgling, indigestion are common. Stress can also slow your bowels, or speed them up too quickly. Several preliminary studies have also indicated that the bark’s honokiol compound, in particular, can be effective at easing stress and reducing feelings of anxiousness and irritability.
Our TruDigest contains a daily dose of 50 mg of a potent 20:1 concentrated magnolia bark extract to help relax all sections of your digestive tract to help ease stomach spasms.