Slippery Elm Trees are native to Eastern North America, they can live for up to 200 years. They have been used for their medicinal properties for many years - with studies dating back to the 1920s! The inner bark is dried and ground into a powder, and can now be found in most health store in capsule or tablet form. Have a read below to learn about the benefits of including this supplement in your diet (for yourself and even your pets!)
Improves digestive function - Slippery elm contain mucilage (gelatinous substance found in plants) When the powder mixes with water it becomes a gel, this gel soothes and coats the digestive tract. This can help protect against ulcers, acidity and help treat symptoms of IBS and crowns disease.
Helps treat diarrhoea - Taking the capsules, tablets or drinking slippery elm tea can help treat diarrhoea in humans and pets! (Speak to your vet first for the correct dosage) Studies have also shown it to be beneficial in helping to treat diverticulitis.
Helps treat sore throats and heart burn- the mucilage found in slippery elm coats the throat and can be found as an ingredient in throat lozenges. It can help treat heart burn by coating the esophagus and preventing it from being irritated from stomach acid that flows up.
Breast cancer - Slippery elm inner bark has been used in herbal remedies for many years to help with breast cancer recovery. It has been used by those currently getting treated and by those who have recovered and looking to prevent. Always speak to your doctor if you are on existing medication before introducing a new supplement even if its a natural herbal one.
Help fight off free radicals - Slippery Elm contains a compound called phenolics (Phytochemical/antioxidant). Free radicals create havoc in the body and can lead to oxidative stress which is the cause of most major illnesses and ageing. The antioxidants found in slippery elm also have anti fungal effects protecting the body against pathogens.
Healing salve - Native Americans have used slippery elm as a salve to help heal skin conditions like boils, burns, wounds and skin inflammation.
Remember always speak to your doctor before starting a new supplement if you are already taking medication or have underlying health conditions. Because slippery elm coats the digestive tract this can slow down the absorption of existing medicine. Always keep all supplements out of reach from children and don’t take if you are breast feeding or pregnant.