The aim of the intervention was to demonstrate the effects of the proprietary Perilla extract on gastrointestinal discomfort in healthy subjects with gastrointestinal discomfort and reduced bowel movements in comparison to a placebo product.
The study was performed double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled and with parallel design. It consisted of screening, a two-week run-in phase followed by a four-week blinded study product consumption phase.50 healthy people, ages 30-70, were administered capsules containing 150mg proprietary Perilla frutescens leaf extract or Placebo product twice a day, for four weeks.
Benegut® improved all investigated symptoms (bloating, passage of gas, GI-rumbling, feeling of fullness and abdominal discomfort) significantly over the four week intake phase and was particularly effective to reduce bloating and abdominal discomfort in women.
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