Suggested Use: Take 3 to 6 capsules twice daily with 8 ounces of water, or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner.
This product does not contain: artificial coloring artificial flavoring, corn, gluten, preservatives, salt, soy, sugar, wheat, yeast.
This product contains natural ingredients; color variations are normal.
Warning Do not use if you have an intestinal obstruction. If you are using other medication, take it at least 1 hour prior to consumption of this product. If pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription drugs, consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use.
Blue Heron is a combination of all-natural fibers and herbs that promote healthy elimination, and absorb and eliminate toxins, thereby improving colon health.† The balanced blend of dietary fiber, nutritional herbs, and probiotic microflora found in Blue Heron was formulated for convenient, effective and gentle intestinal support.† Blue Heron also includes an Ayurvedic combination of amla fruit, belleric myrobalan fruit, and chebulic myrobalan fruit, known as Triphala, to promote optimal digestive function.†
Dietary fiber is the edible parts of plants, or similar carbohydrates, that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Dietary fiber passes through the stomach and small intestine to the large intestine, where it undergoes complete or partial fermentation by colonic bacteria. This fermentation produces important short-chain fatty acids that are used as fuel for the enterocytes (cells lining the intestine). Dietary fiber plays many important roles in health, including serving as a bulking agent, thereby aiding elimination and supporting regular bowel movements and healthy detoxification.†1,2 Dietary fiber also supports healthy growth of probiotic microflora in the intestines.†2 In addition, dietary fiber has been studied for its support of immune function.†3-5
The following chart highlights the benefits of each of the ingredients in Blue Heron:
Flaxseed: Flaxseed is a source of omega-3 fatty acids and lignans. It can absorb up to 8 times its weight in water and enhances intestinal peristalsis, thereby promoting healthy bowel function.†6
Psyllium : Psyllium is a superior detoxification and laxation fiber. A rich source of concentrated soluble fiber, psyllium has been shown to absorb up to 14 times its weight in water and has more reabsorption ability than any other bowel-supporting fiber.†7 Psyllium husk supports healthy intestinal lubrication for ease in elimination.†8,9
Rice : Rice bran is a rich source of gamma-oryzanol, which has been shown to have protective effects on stomach tissue.†10 In a clinical trial, 78 percent of people receiving 300 mg of gamma-oryzanol per day rated it as “moderately” to “extremely” effective.†11 Studies have also shown that bran promotes comfortable elimination.†12
Dried Plum : Dried plums are a mainstay folk remedy for supporting healthy bowel elimination.† They are a source of essential vitamins and minerals, dietary fibers, and a number of potent antioxidant compounds. In one study, dried plum was shown to provide protective effects for colon health.†14
Fenugreek:Fenugreek is a demulcent herb, meaning it soothes mucous membranes.†15 Its seeds contain approximately 40 percent of mucilage fibers. Fenugreek has been studied for its protective effects on the gastrointestinal lining.†15,16
Slippery Elm: Slippery elm bark has antioxidant effects and has been studied for its support of bowel health.†17 The texture of slippery elm bark is mucilaginous, making it an excellent colon demulcent and emollient.†17
Marshmallow: Marshmallow root has been studied for its support of colon mucosa.†18 Because of its mucilaginous (moist, sticky) properties, marshmallow has long been used to soothe occasionally irritated mucosal tissue, which lines the stomach and intestines; it also helps facilitate comfortable elimination.†18,19
Triphala: Triphala is an ancient Ayurvedic herbal blend consisting of amla, belleric myrobalan, and chebulic myrobalan fruits. The combination has long been used to promote healthy digestion, aid in detoxification, and improve immune responses.†20,21
One animal model study found that triphala helped prevent occasional loose stools; administration increased stool weight and lengthened intestinal transit time.†20 Triphala has also been shown to support healthy balance of a wide-range of gut microflora.†22,23
Probiotics : Probiotics are live, active microflora that are non-toxic and do not cause disease (non-pathogenic). Because probiotics do not permanently colonize in the body, they need to be ingested regularly for their health-promoting effects to persist.†24,25
Probiotics have been shown to provide a wide-variety of benefits for the body’s detoxification processes, digestive function, and immune responses.†24 By restoring healthy intestinal flora balance, probiotics help stimulate intestinal peristalsis, promote comfortable bowel movements, and reduce symptoms of gas, bloating and occasional constipation, and loose stools.†24-27
Papain : Papain is a proteolytic, or protein-digesting enzyme; it catalyzes the hydrolysis of proteins and peptides with preferential cleavage at bonds containing arginine, lysine, and glycine residues.†28 It also supports body’s natural anti-inflammatory response.†29
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