What are Probiotics?
The term probiotic is derived from the Greek, “For Life,” and is used to describe growth-promoting factors produced by microorganisms. These friendly bacteria begin colonizing in a matter of hours or days after our birth. The average human digestive system may contain more than one kilogram of bacteria and various strains of probiotics. Therefore, ones intestinal micro-flora can be considered as a postnatal acquired organ composed of a large diversity of bacterial cells that can perform different functions for the host.
These organisms are influenced and modulated in their composition and function by exposure to environmental factors such as nutrition and lifestyle. Specific components of our intestinal micro-flora, including lactobacilli and bifobacteria, have been associated with beneficial effects, such as the promotion of gut maturation and integrity, antagonisms against pathogens, and immune modulation.
In addition, L. Acidophilus and related probiotic strains help the absorption of calcium, copper, iron, and magnesium. They also help the body produce B-Complex vitamins and vitamin K. Other strains help improve the balance or homeostasis of these microorganisms.
22 Major Benefits of Probiotics
- Aids with digestive support
- Enhances synthesis of B vitamins and improves absorption of Calcium (bone building)
- Protects against E. Coli infection
- Improves lactose tolerance and digestibility of milk products
- Reduces vaginal infection and yeast infection (candida)
- Improves immune function
- Promotes anti-carcinogenic activity
- Helps prevent peptic ulcers caused by H. Pylori
- Helps prevent and reduce acne
- Helps with cholesterol metabolism
- Helps improve nutritional value of foods
- Protects against traveler’s diarrhea and speeds recovery after exposure
- Helps with problems of constipation
- Helps re-establish micro-flora after antibiotic use
- May help lower allergic response
- May help with recurring Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
- Helps with detoxification & colon cleansing
- Helps produce natural antibiotics, like “acidophilus”
- Helps alleviate bad breath
- Ameliorates gynecologic dysfunction
- Possess anti-tumorigenic activity
- Helps the colonization within the intestinal, respiratory, and urogenital tract
Not All Probiotics are the Same
A high caliber probiotic formula will contain 10 superior and viable strains which are nondairy, high potency, acid and bile resistant (survives stomach acid), stable at room temperature for two years, fortified with prebiotics, and packed in vegetable capsules or also available in a straight powder form.
In addition, this formula should contain the patented, DDS-1 culture, which has a long-standing scientific validation and proven ability to colonize in the human gastrointestinal tract. DDS-1 produces enzymes, such as proteases and lipases, which can help the breakdown of proteins and fats.2
A high quality probiotic formula will also be fortified with prebiotics, such as Jerusalem artichoke flour and short chain inulin. Prebiotics feed probiotics selectively and enhance their growth in the intestines.
In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of DDS-1 L-Acidophilus, US Patent 3,689,640
- Bacillus subtilis
- Bacillus cereus
- Bacillus stearothermophilus
- Streptococcus faecalis
- Streptococcus faecalis var liquifaciens
- Streptococcus lactis
- Lactobacillus lactis
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus leichmannii
- Sarcina lutea
- Serratia marcescens
- Proteus vulgaris
- Esherichia coli
- Salmonella typhosa
- Salmonella schottmuelleri
- Shigella dysenteriae
- Shigella paradysenteriae
- Pseudomonas fluorscens
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Stapphylococcus aureus
- Klebsiella pneumoniae
- Vibiro comma
SUGGESTED 10 STRAINS
- L-Acidophilus DDS-1
- L. Bulgaricus
- L. Casei
- L. Plantarum
- L. Brevis
- B. Lactis
- L. Rhamnosus
- L. Salivarius
- B. Longum
- B. Bifidum
Good health begins with the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients and eliminate metabolic byproducts and toxins. Quality probiotic health products give your entire family the help they need to maintain proper digestion. Look for a high quality, dairy-free probiotic complex with a blend of ten beneficial probiotic strains.
Many environmental conditions, plus the food and antibiotics we take can cause damage to, or even destroy, the body’s delicate balance of probiotic bacteria in the digestive and elimination system. It is the probiotic “friendly flora” that helps us process our food and keep in balance putrefactive bacteria and potential pathogens.
Each capsule should contain over 2 Billion organisms ready to begin the re-colonization process and 10 Billion organisms per serving if in a pure powder form.
By adding ten multi-strains of Lactobacillus to your family’s diet they will receive anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which may help to detoxify harmful substances. A highly potent strain of bacteria is found in a healthy digestive tract and helps maintain a balance of friendly bacteria that aids in digestion and promote proper elimination of wastes. It is a safe, natural approach to chronic digestive disorders, including constipation/diarrhea, indigestion/flatulence, bloating, Candida Albicans and prolonged antibiotic therapy.
About the Author:
Dr. Bo Wagner holds a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a Doctor of Naturopathy, a Ph.D. & Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition, is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine and a former Dean of Internal Wellness & Professor of Functional Medicine and currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Natural Medicine. Visit: www.drbo.com for more information and resources, and connect with Dr. Bo on Facebook and Twitter.
*These statements in this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your physician if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition before beginning supplementation. Information contained in this bulletin is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician.