IM HealthScience has released IBgard, a new medical food for the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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IBgard medical food aids IBS sufferers

June 19th, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. – IM HealthScience has released IBgard, a new medical food for the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The company said Wednesday that IBgard uses "breakthrough science" to deliver peppermint oil — a well-studied ingredient in the management of IBS — where it is needed most, in the lower gut.

IBgard capsules contain individually enteric-coated sustained release microspheres of Ultramen, an ultra-purified peppermint oil. A patented technology called Site Specific Targeting (SST), developed by IM HealthScience, is used to deliver the microspheres of peppermint oil quickly and reliably to the small intestine.

Peppermint oil is commonly used overseas in well-regulated countries such as the United Kingdom, yet its use in the United States has been hampered by the lack of a delivery system that would more precisely deliver it to the small intestine, according to IM HealthScience.

"IBgard brings new hope to the millions of Americans who suffer from this very common, embarrassing and often disruptive disorder," stated gastroenterologist Michael Epstein, senior medical adviser with IM HealthScience. "I have seen significant results in my own practice."

IBS affects an estimated 15% to 20% of the U.S. population. The condition IBS occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, irritating the bowel and disrupting proper function. It is about twice as common in women as men and is most often found in people younger than age 45.

"IBgard delivers peppermint oil in a new way to help restore digestive balance for people who suffer from IBS," explained Epstein. "Peppermint oil is able to help normalize the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients while also promoting bacterial balance in the small intestine."

IBgard can be ordered directly online at, and it's available exclusively in Walgreens stores throughout South Florida in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. IM HealthSciences added that although IBgard does not require a prescription, like any medical food it should be used under medical supervision.