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Angostura Bitters for Gas Pains

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Angostura bitters are a concentrated flavoring used in mixing alcoholic beverages. The ingredients are secret, but include gentian root and alcohol. Angostura bitters were first developed in 1824 by Dr. Johann Siegert in Venezuela. Dr. Siegert was trying to develop an all natural remedy for stomachaches and other digestive problems. In 1830, his remedy was exported to England and Trinidad, and people began to use it when mixing drinks. In Trinidad, angostura bitters are also used as a seasoning in many foods. Oddly enough, angostura bitters do not taste bitter when they are mixed with a food or beverage.

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  • Put a few drops of angostura bitters in warm water, and drink. Angostura bitters can also be added to coffee or orange juice.
  • Take angostura bitters before a meal to encourage the gastrointestinal system to release the hormone gastrin, which increases gastric acid, bile, and other digestive secretions.
  • Take angostura bitters after a meal if the meal is not sitting well with you, is causing gas, or is causing you to feel as though you have overeaten. After a meal, pour a shot of bitters into a glass of water and drink.

Why It Works

Angostura bitters works by increasing the secretion of digestive fluids, such as gastric acid, bile, and enzymes. Gas is often produced when food is being digested slowly or incompletely. In these cases, food sits in the intestines fermenting and producing gas. When food is digested thoroughly and quickly, less gas is produced.


Angostura bitters is generally recognized as safe. Because it contains 40 percent alcohol, however, it should be avoided by people who abstain from alcohol.

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