Qenda Ultimate Fibre Ingredients
For centuries, traditional cultures around the world have used herbal medicine to treat a myriad of illnesses and diseases as well as to prevent disease. We are fortunate to live in a time when this wisdom is readily available to us. Although there is some high level scientific evidence for some of these herbal medicines, we frequently have to rely on traditional texts and traditional wisdom to interpret the medicinal offerings.
Qenda Ultimate Fibre is a synergistic, herbal formula. It is a food combining powerful herbs that are rich in fibre, enzymes, adaptogens, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. The combination creates great alchemy.
Organic Psyllium Husk Ultra Fine (Plantago ovata)
Actions: highly demulcent (it swells when mixed with water and stimulates normal bowel elimination), used as a bulking agent in the treatment of both constipation & diarrhoea (regulates stool consistency), gives a mucilaginous coating to the intestines and can soothe or protect an abraded mucous membrane, colonic anti-inflammatory effects, slows glucose absorption, promotes satiety & has potential for use as a weight loss aid, effectively reduces lipid levels by altering cholesterol metabolism , promotes apoptosis of colorectal cancer
Psyllium Husk is roughly 70% soluble fibre and 30% fibre – we need both types of fibre in our daily diet to keep our systems healthy
Organic Black Walnut Hulls (Jujlans nigra)
Actions: anti-parasitic (anthelmintic) and antimicrobial (a common herbal remedy for intestinal parasites and worm infections), antiseptic, anti-fungal due to tannin content, is a laxative, normalises the digestive process, alterative (work to restore normal balance and function of the bodies systems and organs), astringent(astringent herbs help us tighten and tone our body)
Organic Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Actions: active constituents play an important role in the prevention of chronic and degenerative diseases that are associated with oxidative stress one study suggests that Hibiscus sabdariffa is an ideal candidate to investigate its role as a herbal supplement for cancer prevention and treatment (PMID: 32344257)
Hibiscus is rich in phytochemicals like polyphenols especially anthocyanins, polysaccharides and organic acids
Organic Liquorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Actions: General tonic, anti-depressant, adrenal restorative, adrenal tonic, anti-tumor, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tussive, mucoprotector, expectorant, detoxifier, demulcent, hepatoprotector, anti-ulcer, mild laxative, aldosterone-like action, reduces spasm of the respiratory tract
Liquorice root helps prevent adrenal failure by maintaining electrolyte balance.
Organic Horsetail (Equiseturm arvense)
Immunostimulant, WBC stimulant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-hemorrhagic, haemostatic, anti-atheroma, diuretic, vulnerary, connective tissue tonic (promotes repair of damaged connective tissue and the healthy growth of bones due to it being rich in silicic acid and silicates), anti-rheumatic.
Horsetail contains the nutrients (mineral silica (65%) in the form of silicic acid and silicates, K+, Mg), flavonoids (quercitin, kaempferol glycosides), alkaloids, phenols (caffeic acid esters), phytosterols, saponins (equisitonin), mucilage and tannins.
Organic Rosehip (Rosa canina)
Actions: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, used as a therapy for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Rich source of vitamins C, A, B3, D & E. Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting. Anti-oxidant actions is is due to it being rich in phenolic compounds such as proanthocyanidins and flavonoids such as quercetin and catechin.
Organic Oat Straw (Avena sativa)
Actions: contains mucilaginous compounds as well as crude fibre that encourage normal bowel function (these compounds reduce bowel transit time, absorb toxins and enhance the efficiency of digestion), prescribed for nervous debility & exhaustion
Source of iron, magnesium and zinc.
Organic Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus Rubra)
Actions: emollient, nutritive, expectorant, aids faster elimination, diuretic, demulcent (relieves irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes by forming a protective film)
Organic Cascara Bark (Rhamnus purshiana)
Actions: bowel tonic, mild purgative, laxative (promoting peristalsis and stool evacuation), bitter
Organic Marshmallow Root Althaea officinalis)
Actions: demulcent, diuretic, emollient, vulnerary
Marshmallow root contains a large percentage of mucilage, a thick, gooey substance with healing properties. It can help relieve irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane and in the GI tract and is used in conditions such as colitis, gastroenteritis, and dyspepsia. Marshmallow stimulates the cells that support tissue regeneration to help heal irritated and damaged tissue in the gastrointestinal tract
Organic Cinnamon Verum Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
Actions: broad spectrum antibacterial and fungicidal effects, carminative, hypoglycaemic activity, enhanced insulin sensitivity, anti-atherosclerotic activity, anti-tumor activity, anti-allergy and anti-asthmatic effects, warm and stimulating so it tends to warm up the digestion, sweet and astringent so it nourishes and tones
The cinnamaldeyde constituent in cinnamon is attributed with producing most of the herb’s biological activity.
Organic Irish Moss (Chrondrus crispus)
Actions: antimicrobial and antiviral properties, it is known to soothe and aid gastrointestinal issues and inflammation such as ulcers or gastritis, and also increases your metabolism
Like other sea vegetables, it is rich in iodine and other trace minerals. It contains high amounts of Vitamins A, E, F, and K, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium.
Organic Yucca Root (Yucca schidigera)
Actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-allergenic, bitter, astringent
Yucca is also a rich source of polyphenolics, including resveratrol and a number of other stilbenes (yuccaols A, B, C, D and E). These phenolics have anti-inflammatory activity (PMID: 16571135)
Organic Turkish Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum)
Actions:, mild purgative, astringent, laxative, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, diuretic (PMID: 34502424)
Organic Broken Cell Wall Chlorella Vulgarus (Chlorella vulgaris)
Actions: alkalising, supports normal cell growth and repair, immune system support, heavy metal detoxifier,
Chlorella is a green unicellular microalgae. It is well studied and has many biological merits for promoting health. Clinical trials have suggested that supplementation with C. vulgaris can ameliorate amelioration hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia, and protect against oxidative stress, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (PMID: 26561078)
It contains a unique and diverse composition of functional macro and micro-nutrients including vitamins A and B6, riboflavin, bioavailable iron, thiamine, niacin, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus. Chlorella also contains phytonutrients including antioxidant carotenoids. It is a source of protein, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids & polysaccharides
Organic Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Actions: powerful anti-inflammatory, relieves gastrointestinal discomfort, strong anti-oxidant – oxidative damage is one of the mechanisms that promotes ageing and many diseases, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic – promotes the death of cancerous cells and reduces the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumours, neuroprotective (see below), promotes wound healing
Evidence suggests curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease. It works to reduce inflammation and the build up of plaque proteins in the brain characteristic of Alzheimer’s sufferers. Research is also beginning to explore its use as an antidepressant in the treatment of depression, as it demonstrates an ability to boost levels of brain-derived neurotropic factor (reduced levels of this chemical are associated with depression).
Turmeric is high in manganese & iron. It is good source of vitamin B6, fibre & potassium. It contains the polyphenol curcumin.
Organic Bladderwrack (Fucus sesiculosus)
Actions: stimulate thyroid function as it is a source of iodine (anti-hypothyroid), nutritive, anti-rheumatic, boosts metabolism
Bladderwrack is an edible brown seaweed that has been used as natural medicine for centuries. It contains soluble fibre (e.g., alginic acid), vitamin B12, iron and iodin
Organic Astragalus Membranaceous Root (Astragalus membranaceous)
Actions: immune stimulant anti-inflammatory, energy tonic that improves physical endurance, cardio-protectant (protects the heart), increases telomere activity (slows ageing), anti-oxidant, adaptogen (a classic energy tonic that improves physical endurance by helping the body adapt to external stressful influences, hepa-protectant (protects the liver), diuretic, antidiabetic, expectorant
Astragalus membranaceous is one of the most widely used traditional Chinese herbal medicines. More than 100 compounds, including flavonoids, saponins, polysaccharides, and amino acids have so far been identified, and the biological activities of the compounds have been reported. (Polysaccharides are largely responsible for immunologic effects. Astragalus slowly nourishes the body deeply over time. In Chinese medical terms, astragalus builds up protective chi. It has been used since ancient times in traditional Chinese medicine as a warming (yang) tonic.
Avoid consuming astragalus during acute illness.
Do not use astragalus if you are on immunosuppressive drugs – discuss with your Health Practitioner first.
Organic Ashwagandha Root (Withania somnifera)
Actions: enhances the body’s ability to cope with stress, nourishes the adrenals, bolsters the immune system, helps activate and improve your free radical scavenging system, enhances mental acuity, helps brain health by reducing inflammation, possible increases DHEA-S and testosterone in men
A herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for 2500 years. It is known as an adaptogen herb. It is a multipurpose medicinal plant which has a rich reservoir of pharmaceutically active triterpenoids. Ashwagandha is heavily researched. Reduce anxiety
Ashwagandha is a member of the nightshade group of vegetables and should not be used if you have hyperthyroidism.
Organic Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Actions: protects and soothes mucus membranes, reduces acidity, eases nausea
Organic Barberry Bark (Berberis vulgaris)
Actions: anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, boosts immune system
Source of B vitamins and zinc. Barberry bark contains a large number of phytochemical materials including ascorbic acid, vitamin K, several triterpenoids, more than 10 phenolic compounds and more than 30 alkaloids. Berberis vulgaris fruit is likely to improve diabetes mellitus-induced liver damage in diabetic mice through modulating detoxifying enzymes and antioxidant factors (PMID 28656092)
Organic Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale weber)
Is a member of the Asteraceae (Compositae) family, native to Europe but widely distributed in the warmer temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere. Dandelion and its parts are habitually consumed as plant foods in several areas of the world, where they are also employed in phytotherapy. Indeed, dandelion contains a wide array of phytochemicals whose biological activities are actively being explored in various areas of human health. In particular, emerging evidence suggests that dandelion and its constituents have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that result in diverse biological effects. (PMID: 22946853)
Dandelion extracts have been studied extensively in recent years for their anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory activity. A study in 2016 showed the anti-cancer potential of an aqueous dandelion root extract (DRE) in several cancer cell models. (PMID: 27564258)
Dandelion root has a long history of use as a liver tonic. (PMID: 15707774)
Organic Aloe Ferox
Various biological and pharmacological activities of aloe vera have been established, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, anticancer, and have been attributed to the presence of many active compounds, including anthraquinones, anthrones, chromones, flavonoids, amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals (PMID: 31272819)
- is a yin tonic
- rejuvenating for the spleen, intestines and female reproductive system
- promotes healing
- stimulates the liver into producing glutathione, a key antioxidant in the creation of white blood cells
- has a laxative effect on the body
- regulates blood sugar levels due to it’s triterpene content
- is a natural source of MSM (a naturally occuring source of sulfur)
Organic Wormood (Artemisia absinthum)
A common species in the genus Artemisia. This powerful & bitter herb contains very strong medicinal compounds that are extraordinarily effective at removing unwanted organisms within the body – hence the name ‘wormwood’.
Wormwood has many medicinal and health effects including:
– expels parasites from the intestines
– stimulates the digestive process
– increases digestive enzymes
– has antiseptic & antispasmodic properties
– treats candida
– helps to expel gas from the stomach and bowel
– improves blood circulation
Wormwood’s biologically active compounds include: acetylenes ascorbic acid, azulenes, carotenoids, flavonoids, lignins, phenolic acids, tannins, thujone, isothujone and esquiterpene lactones.
More research needs to be done, but there is early evidence that wormwood kills cancer cells (PMID: 22185819)
Interesting note – it is an ingredient in the alcoholic drink – absinthe – but in this form it doesn’t have the same medicinal qualities!
Organic Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Is a native plant of North America and has been used by Americans and Europeans as a nerve tonic for more than 200 years.
Scullcap is thought to revive and renew the nervous system – it is used as a sedative, nervous system relaxant, nervous system tonic and as an antispasmodic. It reduces body tension and allows the body to relax into sleep.
It contains phenolic (plant chemical) compounds, especially flavonoids – predominantly baicalin, lateriflorin, dihydrobaicalin, and baicalein. Flavonoids are rich in antioxidant activity.
It can be safely used long-term, due to it’s gentle nature. It is often seen in calming teas due to it’s effects on the nervous system.
Organic Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare)
Actions: Digestive, calmative, anti-flatulence, essential compounds, fibre, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants
Organic Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Preclinical research and traditional evidence suggest passionflower can play a role in the symptomatic relief of anxiety.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Studies have suggested passionflower has natural sedative properties and to be useful for treatment of insomnia. (J Menopausal Med. 2017 Dec; 23(3): 156–159. ) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Organic Mullein Leaf (Verbascum thapsus)
Actions: anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, demulcent and emollient, expectorant and vulnerary
Organic Violet Leaf (Viola odorata)
Actions: mild laxative, anti-inflammatory
Organic Paw Paw Leaf (Carica papaya)
Actions: anti-inflammatory – concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, chlorophyll and fibre.
Organic Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Actions: anti-inflammatory, stops excessive bleeding or clotting, stops haemorrhoids.
Organic Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)
Actions: anti parasitic – kills parasites and their eggs
Actions: a natural plant protein that is readily digested and provides sweetener with negligible calories. Thaumatin is 2000 times sweeter than sugar so there is only a very small amount in the formulation (PMID: 26400114) (PMID: 34876926)
Qenda’s Core Principles:
- Qenda never uses any artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners or preservatives in their powdered products.
- Qenda’s ingredients are always organic, vegan, non-gmo and gluten free.
- Qenda batch tests it’s ingredients and products for safety and to ensure purity from herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and heavy metals. All Qenda products are also free from pathogenic moulds, yeasts, funguses and unwanted bacteria.
- All Qenda products are manufactured in a clean, chemical free, HACCP certified facility to the highest quality and standards.
Certified Organic & Wildcrafted Ingredients:
Qenda Ultimate Fibre contains the following certified organic and wildcrafted ingredients from nature: Psyllium Husk, Black Walnut Hulls, Hibiscus Sabdariffa, Liquorice Root, Horsetail, Rosehip, Oat Straw, Slippery Elm Bark, Cascara Bark, Marshmallow Root, Cinnamon Verum Bark, Irish Moss, Yucca Root, Turkish Rhubarb (Rheum Palmatum), Chlorella Vulgaris, Turmeric, Bladderwrack, Astragalus Membranaceus Root, Ashwagandha Root, Meadowsweet, Barberry Bark, Dandelion Root, Aloe Ferox, Wormwood, Skullcap (Scutellaria Lateriflora), Fennel Seed, Passionflower (Passiflora Incarnata), Mullein Leaf, Violet Leaf, Paw Paw Leaf, Witchhazel#, Clove Bud, Natural Flavour, Natural Sweetener (Thaumatin)
Colour, texture and appearance of product may change due to seasonal variations.
# Wildcrafted when Certified Organic not available.
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Duke, J.A. (2002). Handbook of Medicinal Herbs (2nd Ed.) USA: CRC Press.
Shipard, I. (2011). How Can I Use Herbs In My Daily Life (5th Ed.). Australia: David Stewart.
Qenda Ultimate Fibre should not be used by people with partial or complete bowel obstruction, colonic impactation or stenosis of the gastrointestinal tract.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I claim to be one. I cannot treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any illness. If you have concerns about any sickness, talk to your health practitioner. Do your own research on natural remedies to ensure that you think they are safe. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a qualified specialist before taking any herb or supplement