The body’s microbiome has been a hot topic in a variety of fields as of late, yet many people still have questions about what this term means and how it could be related to overall health and wellness. In particular, the array of organisms that inhabit your digestive tract can have a significant effect on how well your body feels and functions. Disruptions in this microbiome could contribute to conditions like diverticulitis, which can lead to uncomfortable and painful symptoms that may require medical attention.

However, there may be a better way to manage these symptoms by calming inflammation and promoting excellent gut health.

What Is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a common condition that generally affects men and women over the age of 40. It happens when one or more of the small pouches that sometimes form within your digestive system, called diverticula, become inflamed. This can cause severe abdominal pain, constipation, nausea, and fever. Depending on the severity of symptoms, surgery may be recommended (Mayo Clinic).

Although the exact reasons why diverticulitis occurs are still unknown, we do know that genetics, inflammation, and dietary habits are contributing factors. Thus, adding more fiber to your diet and taking steps to help control inflammation may be able to help lower your risk for developing diverticulitis or reduce or even eliminate existing symptoms.

How Pure Lactoferrin Could Help

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What are the health benefits of lactoferrin? One way you can help to manage inflammation in the digestive tract is to take pure lactoferrin supplements. Lactoferrin is a naturally-occurring protein that is found in the milk, tears, saliva, and vaginal secretions of all species of mammals. The highest concentrations of lactoferrin are found in colostrum (mother’s first milk) and amniotic fluid.

In the past, lactoferrin has been touted as “the iron-binding protein.” We now understand, however, that this protein does much more than just aid in iron absorption and transportation. It may also help to remedy symptoms of diverticulitis and other inflammatory-related conditions within the digestive system by calming inflammation and offering protection against infection.

When choosing a lactoferrin supplement, there are a few important qualities to look for. First, this protein should be in its pure form for maximum effectiveness. Secondly, it should also be derived from purified cow’s milk, not cheese, whey, or other by-products. Finally, look for a supplement that is gluten-free, as gluten sensitivities or intolerances can contribute to symptoms of diverticulitis and other digestive health disorders.

Acacia Purified Bovine Lactoferrin is manufactured to both vegetarian and Kosher standards entirely from milk, is gluten-free, and each capsule contains 250 mg of purified bovine lactoferrin. Our customers have seen much success using this Acacia product to help calm a variety of symptoms, including those related to diverticulitis.

Mike’s Story

One such success story comes from Mike, who was diagnosed with diverticulitis after going to the emergency room two days before Christmas with severe abdominal pain. He was given medication to help reduce his symptoms, but this made him feel very sick. He was told that he would need to see a surgeon after Christmas.

Then a friend told him about using highly purified lactoferrin, so Mike stopped using the medication that was making him sick and gave Acacia a try instead. Within three or four days of using lactoferrin, Mike started to feel significantly better. Now, two and a half years later, Mike never had surgery, is still using lactoferrin, and feels great.

The Bottom Line

People struggling to manage symptoms like those associated with diverticulitis and other digestive system disorders may benefit from trying a supplement like Acacia that contains purified bovine lactoferrin to help calm inflammation and minimize or even eliminate their symptoms. As with Mike’s story, many people may be able to better manage chronic conditions by placing the focus on balancing their gut health and targeting inflammation directly in the digestive system. If you this sounds like you, give Acacia a try!