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Slippery Elm

Slippery elm is the common name of the Ulmus fulva tree native to North America, where it has been used medicinally for centuries. Powdered for use as a supplement, it is a soothing and nutritious food during convalescence. Sensitive and irritated mucous membranes of the throat, stomach, intestines and urinary tract are protected and soothed by the mucilaginous properties of slippery elm.

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Slippery Elm Info

Slippery elm is the common name of the Ulmus fulva tree native to North America, where it has been used medicinally for centuries.

The inner bark of the tree contains mucilage, an easily digestible polysaccharide that is slippery when combined with water. Powdered for use as a supplement, it is a soothing and nutritious food during convalescence.

Slippery Elm Benefits

Sensitive and irritated mucous membranes of the throat, stomach, intestines and urinary tract are protected and soothed by the mucilaginous properties of slippery elm. For heartburn it provides a barrier to acid reflux damage, as well as an anti-inflammatory effect in the stomach and intestines.

Constipation, diarrhoea and flatulence are eased through its lubricating, emollient and laxative effects. It is safe for children and elderly people, easing digestive discomfort and promoting normal elimination while absorbing toxins from the bowel.

Slippery elm contains high levels of several essential minerals and vitamin E, giving it important antioxidant properties. Externally slippery elm can be applied to the skin as a poultice to draw out harmful toxins.

Slippery Elm Side Effects

Contraindicated for any type of bowel obstruction Slippery elm may slow the absorption of medical drugs or other herbal medicines Safe when only the inner bark is used, however be aware of products substituting outer bark which is unsafe in pregnancy and may cause miscarriage or premature labour.

Product Reviews

  • Poor quality slippery elm

    I have been using slippery elm for a long time and it usually works wonderfully keeping me regular, reducing cholesterol and helping with digestion. However I ordered the BioBalance slippery elm for the first time recently instead of my regular brand (lotus) and found that it did not work as I expected. No matter how I mix it, it won't form a musilagenous gel as it is supposed to but remains grainy. It is as if it has been adulterated with something else and not pure inner bark. No wonder it upset my digestion rather than helped. I have switched back to my usual brand which always works well.

    Tiina

    20/07/15

  • Excellent Product

    I suffer from Ulcerative Colitis, I have been using slippery elm powder on my breakfast for years (1 tablespoon), if I don't use it I notice within a couple of days I get a sore stomach. Health Post has the best price and the last time I ordered it, it was in my letterbox the very next day (excellent service).

    Janene

    11/07/15

  • Works so well!!

    It gives me more energy so I feel good! It helps my digestive system work way better. Now I feel my body lighter :) I dont enjoy this taste unfortunately even though I mix it with yoghurt and fruit but my partner does.

    Miki

    15/06/15

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