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How Gentian Root Can Help Support Good Digestion

What Is Gentian Root?

A bitter-tasting herb from the Gentianaceae plant family, Gentiana lutea is native to the high pastures of the Alps and Himalayan Mountains. Today, this plant is most widely grown in China, Europe, and parts of North America, where it is a perennial herb that produces a cluster of fragrant orange-yellow flowers. The roots and rhizomes are nearly cylindrical, sometimes branched, and are longitudinally wrinkled. The darker brown roots have a more persistent, bitter taste than the lighter tan roots. This root has a long 2200 year history of use as a herbal medicine, especially in the treatment of stomach ailments and liver disease and in the aiding of digestion.

How Is Gentian Root Used Today?

There are many applications for gentian root, most of which are focused on the treating of indigestion, liver dysfunction, and fatigue, and to stimulate the appetite, improve digestion, and to treat a variety of gastrointestinal complaints like heartburn, vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhea. Gentian’s actions are classified as bitter and as a gastric and bile stimulant. Among its many active compounds are gentiopicroside and amarogentin that bind to the bitter taste receptors in the mouth. As found in other bitter herbs and foods, herbalists commonly use gentian’s bitter taste to support digestive health since it helps with stimulating bile, increasing the appeal of food, and detoxing the liver, gallbladder, and other organs.

gentian root herb used in herbal medicine

Gentian Root Benefits

This herb has been used safely and effectively for thousands of years, and there’s a large body of anecdotal evidence showing that it has real uses and benefits.

  • Improves digestive, liver, and gallbladder function
  • Reduces the loss of appetite
  • Decreases nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, and general stomach discomfort
  • Improves saliva production by stimulating the membranes of the mouth and taste buds
  • Helps with the production of gastric juices and bile secretion
  • Supports liver and gallbladder functions
  • Acts as a liver tonic and a supporter of detoxification
  • Benefits the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems with anti-inflammatory effects

How Is Gentian Packaged and Combined with Other Products?

While gentian may be sourced in either root or powder forms, at the Hallelujah Diet this powdered root has uniquely and effectively been combined with Betaine HCL Pepsin. This delivers relief in an easily and conveniently taken capsule form for individuals suffering from a host of digestive and immune problems.

Betaine is a source of hydrochloric (HCL) acid, or stomach acid, and supplementing with this typically increases levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. The addition of pepsin, a digestive enzyme, assists with the digestion of protein. Betaine HCL Pepsin & Gentian Root is a combination of nutrients that are beneficial for promoting healthy digestion.

  • Maintains a healthy pH in the stomach and small intestine
  • Promotes protein digestion
  • Enhances mineral and vitamin B12 absorption

Gentiana lutea

Conclusion: Add Gentian Root to Your Diet

For convenience, be sure to add gentian root to your diet as a supplement at the start of a meal, especially if you are experiencing any dietary discomfort or challenges.


  1. I never knew Gentian root could be so helpful with digestion. This is great information!

  2. Tamela Etheridge November 17, 2020

    I have constant liquid bowel movements. I’ve tried everything. I’ve eliminated nuts, seeds and whole Grains. I don’t eat fruit
    Anymore or Most raw Veggies. I basically eat white Rice and baked potatoes. That hasn’t helped either. I can’t go anywhere or do anything much anymore. It keeps me up for hours at night. Help

    • Melody Hord November 17, 2020

      Hi Tamela,
      I am so sorry you are experiencing this. Have you had a diagnosis? I feel sure a doctor could give you some medications to help, although that may not solve the root problem. Do you take probiotics or eat fermented foods to help keep a good supply of healthy bacteria in the GUT? Sounds as though you cannot be getting enough nutrition. Have you tried drinking freshly extracted vegetable juice to inundate your body with easy to absorb nutrients? Raw veggies may not be tolerated well, but juicing removes the fiber. I will ask Olin Idol, VP of Health, to see if he has any input.

      • Melody Hord November 17, 2020

        Olin said that Organic Psyllium husk used as directed often slows a loose bowel.

  3. what is the source of the pepsin in this product?

    • Melody Hord November 18, 2020

      The HD customer service rep, Connie, tells me that it is a digestive aid taken from the stomach lining of a pig.

  4. Many people as they age don’t product the HCL they need to digest the protein in their food. The bitter herbs in this supplement support a healthy PH in the stomach and small intestines and help with digestion. It is beneficial to take with every meal.

  5. Annette Whitworth December 14, 2020

    This was some great information about the Gentian Root. I have taken the Betaine HCL Pepsin & Gentian Root that we carry her at HA. When I first started taking it I did not realize that it helps with alot more stuff like Maintains a healthy pH in the stomach and small intestine
    Promotes protein digestion
    Enhances mineral and vitamin B12 absorption. This was real good to know and I will sure it with family members that have problems with digestion and other problems with they stomach. Thanks again

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