Perilla Reduces Gastric Distress

Purchase, NY—Healthy individuals who occasionally feel stomach rumbling, bloating and other signs of gastrointestinal (GI) distress may have another natural option at their disposal with perilla extract.

In a pilot study of healthy subjects experiencing GI issues like constipation, researchers gave 50 volunteers (ages 30–70 years) 150 mg of a branded perilla extract (Benegut from Maypro Industries, based here) twice daily for a month. The subjects tracked their GI symptoms and bowel movements in a journal. At the study’s end, taking perilla was associated with less bloating, flatulence, over-fullness and abdominal discomfort; only abdominal discomfort improved in the placebo group. The perilla’s benefits were clear in 80% of the patients, some of which showed improvement before the four-week study ended.

These data are published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, September 2014