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Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widespread disease; it is estimated 15-30% of the population suffer from IBS related stomach upsets and indigestion at some point in their lives. While irritable bowel is not dangerous and does not lead to an increased risk of cancer, the symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and affect your daily life.
Typical symptoms are:

  • Periodical abdominal pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Irregular stools (which may vary from diarrhoea to constipation)
  • Frequent flatulation (farting)
  • A feeling of heartburn and dysphagia (Difficulkty swallowing)
The symptoms are caused by a change of colonic normal muscle movements, so that the intestinal contents cannot be moved forward towards the rectum normally.

It is important your doctor has ruled out other causes of IBS symptoms, including gastro-intestinal tract diseases such as:
  • Crohn’s disease (Morbus Crohn)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Coeliac disease (gluten intolerance).
How do I avoid symptoms of irritable bowel?
Since the cause for irritable bowel is unknown, there is no treatment that can cure the disease, however there are a number of options to relieve symptoms. Recent research has shown that in most individuals, the symptoms can be remedied by dietary changes.

Low FODMAP-diet
The low FODMAP diet recommends reducing or avoiding a particular group of carbohydrates for 6-8 weeks. These poorly degradable carbohydrates can create an increase of air when broken down in the gut.

Read more about the Low FODMAP diet here

General advice
- Exercise at least 30 minutes each day.
- Drink plenty of fluids.

When following the Low FODMAP diet, it is important to ingest plenty of fibre to avoid constipation. It may be beneficial to supplement the diet with the crisp and tasty SylliFlor® Psyllium husks.

” Irritabel tarm - LOWFODMAPDIET - giver ro i maven”. Stine Junge Albrechtsen, Mette Borre, Lisbeth Jensen, Marianna Lundsteen Jacobsen og Cæcilie Gamsgaard Seidel.

Low fodmap diet

Do you have irritable bowel syndrome or colon irritabile?
If you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome or colon irritabile, you are familiar with periods of troublesome symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, wind and changing stool pattern that can alternate between constipation and diarrhoea. These symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, but the condition is not dangerous and does not lead to cancer.

Dietary changes may relieve stomach upsets and uncomfortable nuisance
Recent studies have shown that a special diet can alleviate the discomfort that is experienced during irritable bowel syndrome. The so-called Low FODMAP diet was developed by the Australian dietician Sue Shepherd , and has been used with great succes in Australia and England. Results have shown that approx. 70 % of patients with irritable bowel syndrome may have beneficial effects of the diet.

The FODMAP diet is about limiting or completely avoiding a particular group of carbohydrates for a period of 6-8 weeks. It concerns a group of persistent carbohydrates that form much wind when they are broken down in the gut. The group of carbohydrates includes among other things lactose (milk sugar), high amounts of fructose (fruit sugar), polyoses (sweeteners) and oligosaccharides (fructans and galactans). These persistent carbohydrates are called Fermentable Oligo, Di, Monosaccharides And Polyoles (FODMAP).

The Low FODMAP diet can – especially at the beginning – be hard to figure out, and can therefore usefully be followed in consultation with a dietician. Now, there is also good help available in Danish in the book”Irritabel tarm – Low FODMAP diet – giver ro i maven” (”Irritable bowel syndrome – Low FODMAP diet – provides peace of the stomach”). The book is written by five Danish dieticians with special expertise in the gastrointestinal area.

SylliFlor® – a crisp and tasty fibre supplement to FODMAP
When the Low FODMAP diet is followed, there is a risk of not getting enough dietary fibres through the diet, which can cause constipation. Here it may be beneficial to supplement the diet with the crisp and tasty SylliFlor fleaseed husks (Psyllium husks) that fits nicely within the principles of the FODMAP diet.

Irritabel tarm, LOWFODMAPDIET giver ro i maven. Stine Junge Albrechtsen, Mette Borre, Lisbeth Jensen, Marianna Jacobsen and Cæcilie Gamsgaard Seidel.

SylliFlor - an alternative to Psyllium husks in capsules or tablets

Psyllium husks have many benefits, especially in regulating bowel movements; they bind more than 40 times their own weight in water. Unfortunately, the result of this impressive water-binding capacity is a sticky texture, which is unpleasant for some consumers. While the fibres can be taken in capsules, this is often a very expensive solution. SylliFlor is an alternative to fibres in capsules or tablets. The Psyllium husks in SylliFlor are coated with a thin layer of carbohydrates, coconut oil and flavourings. The carbohydrates create a crispy layer around the husks, and the coconut oil delays the swelling in water. The result is a sweet, crispy product with the same beneficial effect. This technology has now been patented.

How do I take SylliFlor?
SylliFlor can be dissolved in water, juice or other liquid, be used as a topping on fermented milk products, or taken on its own.

Psyllium husks are available in five variants: Plain, Malt, Vanilla, Calcium and Apple & Cinnamon.

SylliFlor is a registered trademark.
Patent pending.

Psyllium Husks and Cholesterol

SylliFlor is a dietary supplement of psyllium husk (known as fleaseeds) with a natural high content of fibres, which can help lower cholesterol levels. The effects of fleaseed/psyllium husks on cholesterol
Husks from the Psyllium plant contain viscous fibres that have proven to help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. The fibres work by swelling to form a gelatinous mass, which is believed to affect the conversion of cholesterol and bind substances related to the formation of cholesterol. These are then transported through the digestive system and not absorbed through the intestine.

15 g SylliFlor (3 tbsp) a day provides 7g of fibre content, and has a proven effect on blood levels of total cholesterol and
the unhealthy LDL cholesterol. Eat SylliFlor in combination with a healthy diet and an activelifestyle.Drink plenty of water to allow the fibres to swell and prevent constipation.

Facts about cholesterol
Elevated blood cholesterol increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. The condition is often caused by a fatty diet, although some people have an innate tendency towards high cholesterol. Cholesterol can be measured both as total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol. HDL-cholesterol is often referred to as ”good cholesterol” because it can protect against cardiovascular diseases, while LDL-cholesterol is referred to as ”dangerous cholesterol” because it particularly affects the formation of atherosclerosis.
Sources: CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, US Food and Drug Administration Psyllium Products and Blood Cholesterol Lowering, Health Canada, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences. Long-term cholesterol-lowering effects of psyllium as an adjunct to diet therapy in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000 (71). The right fiber for the right disease: an update on the psyllium seed husk and the metabolic syndrome. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 2010 (44).

Psyllium husks with calcium

A fibre-rich, crisp and tasty dietary supplement, based on fleaseed husks (psyllium husks) with added calcium. The combination gives a bowel-regulating product with a mineral supplement and a neutralizing effect. Info about fleaseed husks with calcium

After the launch of SylliFlor® - a tasty dietary supplement, made of fibrous husks (psyllium husks) - Biodane Pharma created SylliFlor Calcium with added calcium and is now available at pharmacies and health food stores.

1 dose of SylliFlor Calcium (10 g) contains 560 mg of calcium, which represents 70 % of the recommended daily intake.

Biofiber Damino have used a patented coating and spray drying process to eliminate the ‘chalk taste’ of calcium and make for easier ingestion.

Sources :
Treatment of Chronic Diarrhoes: Loperamide versus Isphaghula Husk and Calcium. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 1988.

This is how the digestive system works

This is how the digestive system works The digestive system is a complex system that travels from the mouth through the body to the colon and rectum. If an imbalance occurs in any part of the digestive system, it may cause stomach problems such as constipation, diarrhoea, bloating or flatulence. Digestion begins in the mouth, where chewed food is mixed with saliva containing starch-degrading enzymes.

In the stomach, food is dissolved with gastric juice containing acids and protein-degrading enzymes that help to decompose the food.

In the duodenum and small intestine, the decomposition continues with help from the liver, which adds bile to decompose fat. More digestive enzymes are added from the pancreas.

Decomposition continues as the food is pushed through the 5 – 6 meter long small intestine. Nutrients, vitamins and minerals can then be absorbed through the intestinal wall.

When food reaches the colon, it is almost completely decomposed. Bacteria living in the colon metabolize the rest of the nutrients. The colon absorbs and passes on moisture from the contents of the intestines into the body, so the indigestible remains – such as dietary fibres – become more solid and ready for excretion from the rectum.

Muscle contractions in the intestinal wall (peristaltic movements) ensure the movement of the intestine contents through the intestinal system, thus avoiding constipation.

The duration of the food journey through the digestive tract varies from person to person, but is usually 1 – 3 days. The transit time depends on several factors, such as diet, the content of fibres, the absorption of liquid, physical activity, bowel movements, medical treatment, as well as psychological and social factors.

Sources: (The patient’s manual)
Gerd Johnsen: ”Regulér din tarmfunktion ved forstoppelse, diaré eller ufrivillig afføring”
(Adjust your bowel function to avoid constipation, diarrhoea or involuntary defecation)

Why fibres are important in you diet

According to recent studies, the fibre content in many adults’ diets has been found to lie below the recommended amount of 25 – 35 grams daily.

SylliFlor is a food supplement with a naturally high fibre content. It can easily be added to your diet, if your fibre intake is insufficient.

Fibres are an important part of any diet due to their useful qualities such as:
• may protect against some types of cancer
• may protect against heart diseases
• may protect against diabetes
• may protect against constipation
• may protect against hypertension
• may protect against haemorrhoids
• filling the stomach and intestines, so the appetite is regulated
• delaying the absorption of fats and sugar
• contributing to a stable blood glucose level

Dietary fibres are not digestible and pass through the gut without a great deal of calories. Diets used for weight control often cut down carbohydrates and the intake of fibres is inevitably reduced. In this case, a fibre supplement may be recommended.

SylliFlor is a registered trademark.
Patent pending.

The Danish Cancer Society: “Fuldkorn giver længere liv” (Wholegrain prolongs your life)
The Danish Cancer Society: ”Årsager til tyktarmskræft” (The cause of colon cancer) Lisa Bolting: ”Bliv klog på de gode fibre” (Get to know the good fibres) ”Kostfibre” (Dietary fibres)

What is colostrum?

Bovine Colostrum is the first milk the cow produces after calving. This milk has a high nutrient content as well as a multitude of bioactive substances. A vital survival kit
Colostrum acts as a vital survival kit for the newborn calf. Contrary to the human child, a calf is born without an immune defence system and requires additional immune substances and antimicrobial substances in the first hours after birth. Colostrum has a high content of both micro- and macro-nutrients, as well as growth factors. This highly concentrated source of nutrients contains a great number of active substances (immunoglobulins represent the largest group). These substances protect the calf against infections, promote growth and mature the immune defence system in the stomach and intestines.

Colostrum for nutritional use and for building up muscle tissue
Colostrum has a naturally high content of protein. Especially ½ to 1 hour after moderate to intense training, the muscles are extra susceptible to the absorption of protein and other nutrients. Therefore, colostrum can be used in connection with training as part of a varied diet and active lifestyle. Colostrum may thus enhance perseverance and recovery after sports, intensive training and bodybuilding.

Colostrum’s content of bioactive substances.
Colostrum contains a wide range of bioactive substances and studies have shown these are not species-specific and may be beneficial to humans. Research is being conducted into the use of colostrum for a number of health benefits, most of which focus on gut health and immunity.