Throughout history, bitters have been used to stimulate the digestive system. The tradition began with the steeping of bitter tasting roots, berries, and leaves in alcohol. These were then consumed before or after a meal. Enjoyed before a meal, as an aperitif, bitters help to stimulate the appetite. Taken after a meal, they can aid an upset stomach, as a digestif.
Digestive bitters encourage positive digestive health. Bitters are used to treat ailments of the digestive system such as bloating, gas, and cramps.
Medicinal use of digestive bitters abound in healing from all four corners of the world. Many communities still swear by their digestive bitters as a staple for their overall digestive health.
There is proof that medicinal use of digestive bitters can prevent digestive distress due to eating rich foods or overeating. They help to alleviate minor discomforts such as bloating, gas, and cramps of the digestive system. Also, bitters encourage a balanced, healthy appetite by priming the digestive system to receive food.
Recent research suggest that natural bitters also help to encourage healthy digestion by reducing sugar cravings, encouraging healthy gut flora, and can also control one's appetite during weight loss and fasting.