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Perilla Leaf Extract vs Digestive Enzymes vs Probiotics

Our gut is an important guardian angel to our health. However, many of us tend to ignore our gut health until there is a repeated incidence of gut-related symptoms happening to us including constipation, diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome. These symptoms may not be life-threatening, however dealing with them on a regular basis would be a nuisance in one’s daily life. With maintaining an active lifestyle and eating a healthy varied diet, the risk of developing digestive issues can be reduced. These help to ensure a balanced gut microbiota. Aside from that, other dietary factors including perilla leaf extract, probiotics and digestive enzyme have been shown to help maintain a healthy digestive system. The table below will provide a better understanding of how each dietary factors mentioned helps in maintaining a healthy digestive system.


  Perilla leaf Digestive enzyme Probiotic
What is it An edible herbaceous plant native to Asia Proteins that body produces to break down food substances and aid digestion Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host
How does it help – Balance between prokinetic and antispasmodic action of the gut

– Anti-inflammatory effect of rosmarinic acid and vicenin 2

– Prebiotic activity (support growth of healthy bacteria in the gut)

– Balances immune mediator Th1 & Th2

Direct acting on food substance in the stomach by breaking down nutrients such as carbohydrate, protein and fat into substance which are more easily absorbed by the body – Helps to maintain a healthy community of microorganisms in the gut

– Restores nature balance of gut microorganisms after being interrupted by infection or antibiotic medications

– Helps the synthesis of vitamins and activation of certain enzymes required for digestion

– Inhibit the growth of harmful microorganism in the gut hence preventing infection

Time for onset of action Instant Instant Delayed
Duration of effect Long & accumulated Short Long & accumulated
Gut motility (Prokinetic effect) Yes No Possible

(depends on strength and strain)

Anti-spasmodic effect Yes No Possible

(depends on strength and strain)

Anti-inflammatory effect Yes No Yes
Supports gut microorganism Yes No Yes

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