The power of the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome over human health is becoming increasingly apparent. Over 500 different microorganisms have been identified from the human gut. Beneficial microorganisms produce compounds including digestive enzymes and lactic acid that keep our bowels and body functioning well. Many pathogenic organisms also reside there, but will not overgrow and become a problem unless the bowel environment becomes imbalanced from stress, poor diet, introduction of more pathogens or use of antibiotics. This is called dysbiosis. Dysbiosis can produce GI discomfort, and interfere with proper nutrition and immune function. Happy Belly® was formulated in collaboration with MetaMetrix Labs after examining over 3,000 stool tests. The ingredients chosen are the ones found most effective for ridding the gut of harmful organisms and restoring a normal balance of microorganisms to the GI tract.
- Provides effective herbal anti-microbials*
- Supports intestinal and microbiome health*
- Valuable companion when traveling to maintain digestive comfort*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Happy Belly® Dysbiosis Formula
Product Code: 00661 Capsules per Bottle: 90
Each serving of 2 size 00 vegetarian cellulose capsules contains:
Magnesium (from Magnesium Caprylate)
Caprylic Acid (from Magnesium Caprylate)
Proprietary Herbal Blend:
Barberry Root Extract (Berberis vulgaris, standardized to 6% berberine)
Oregon Grape Root Extract (Berberis aquifolium, 4:1)
Garlic Bulb Extract ( Allium sativum, standardized to 1% alliin)
Black Walnut Hull Extract (Juglans nigra, 4:1),
Olive Leaf Extract (Olea europaea, standardized to 18% oleuropein)
Other ingredients: L-leucine.
What is Happy Belly®?
Formulated in collaboration with MetaMetrix labs, Happy Belly® contains a proprietary mixture of ingredients found most effective for ridding the gut of harmful organisms and restoring a normal balance of microorganisms to a dysbiotic gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
How does Happy Belly® Work?
Dysbiosis is an imbalance of the GI microbiome caused by the overgrowth of pathogenic microorganisms. It can be caused by stress, poor diet, use of antibiotics, or introduction of pathogens from the environment. This overgrowth displaces beneficial bacteria that produce compounds like digestive enzymes, that keep our bowels and our body functioning well. Dysbiosis can produce GI discomfort, and interfere with proper nutrition and immune function.
The proprietary blend of ingredients in Happy Belly® includes caprylic acid, a fatty acid that has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is produced by the body in small quantities and can be extracted from plant fats, such as coconut oil and palm oil. Taking caprylic acid in supplement form is often recommended for Candida overgrowth. Bloating, gas, diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, depression, and repeated vaginal yeast infections are some of the symptoms of Candida overgrowth. Caprylic acid has also been shown to be effective against common Streptococcus and Staphylococcus pathogens .
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) and Oregon Grape (Berberisaquifolium) are two herbal extracts that contain berberine—an antimicrobial alkaloid. Berberine-containing herbs have a long history of use in Chinese medicine for the treatment of intestinal infections. Recent research has shown that berberine supplementation can cause structural modulation of gut microflora, leading to reduced inflammation . Another recent study reported that Oregon Grape works in synergy with berberine making pathogens more susceptible to antimicrobial compounds .
Garlic (Allium sativum) contains the sulfur compound alliin, which has antifungal properties and can inhibit Candida growth  and help to fight against Aspergillus infections .
Black Walnut (Juglansnigra) extract has been traditionally used to help eliminate parasites from the body. The tannin constituents from Black walnut have antibacterial activity, and were found to be especially active against Listeria monocytogenes .
Olive (Olea Europaea) leaf extract contains oleuropein, a polyphenolic compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Oleuropein is gastroprotective, strengthening the mucosal barrier . Oleuropein also shows promise in protecting the gut against chronic colitis .
What are the Suggested Uses for Happy Belly?
- Restore balance to a dysbiotic GI - rid the gut of pathogenic bacteria with effective herbal antimicrobials in preparation to restore probiotic microflora.
- Supports intestinal and microbiome health
- Maintain digestive comfort when traveling - foreign ingredients, cooking styles, and water systems can wreak havoc on the bacterial populations of a traveler’s GI causing many uncomfortable symptoms. Let Happy Belly® help in the quick restoration of a healthy microbiome.
Source Materials: Magnesium caprylate is made by reacting magnesium oxide with caprylic acid (a fatty acid from palm oil). All herbal extracts in the Proprietary Herbal Blend are ethanol/water extracts of the species and plant part indicated. L-leucine is derived from fermentation of cane sugar. Cellulose for capsules is derived from softwood tree pulp. All ingredients are vegan and non-GMO.
Allergens: According to information provided by our suppliers, these capsules are free of the eight major allergens as identified by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA): Wheat (gluten), eggs, milk, soybeans, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts.
Recommendations: Use as directed by a healthcare professional.
Precautions: Pregnant or lactating women and individuals taking prescription medications should consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplement.
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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.