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Probiotics are Healthy Bacteria, by Archana Gogna, MS, CNS, MBA

 

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JANUARY 2015

Probiotics are Healthy Bacteria

Written By Archana Gogna, MS, CNS, MBA

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that make up the microbiome in the gut, or digestive tract; they are a key to good health, and the gateway to good digestion and regularity. Naturally present in the body, bacteria account for two pounds of bio-mass in the intestines; these bacteria need to be predominantly-friendly, health-promoting species.

Levels of probiotics tend to decrease with age and are lowered by other factors including poor diet and obesity. As the level of probiotics decrease, problematic bacteria in the gut generally thrive and increase. Research shows that species of probiotics, when naturally present or consumed in adequately supportive quantities, may confer the greatest health benefits to individuals of all ages. These include lactobacillus, which inhabit the small intestine, mouth and vaginal tissue, and Bifidobacterium, which are more numerous and are major inhabitants of the large intestine (colon). Both create many important metabolites out of our food and these perform a number of functions including burning fat, controlling our appetite, fueling digestion and detoxification, and supporting immunity.

The third critical group of probiotic bacteria known as bacillus, are spore-bearing bacteria that carry around their own house (and are the only ones to do so). This makes them resistant to heat, moisture and light, stomach acids and digestive enzymes and they are readily able to colonize the small intestine.

Other bacteria require Macrobac technology to shield them from heat and the digestive process. Microbac is a bacterial housing unit made out of vegetable ingredients. Bacillus coagulans (formerly known as Lactobacillus sporogenes) also resides in the body longer than any other bacteria and are excreted slowly out of the body (7 days after discontinuation of administration).

These bacteria have been shown in rigorous human clinical trials to help with the following:

  • Crowd out and limit the growth of putrefactive microorganisms that contribute to gaseousness or ill health.
  • Create an acidic environment out of the fibers in fruits and vegetables that limit the growth of infectious bacteria and also produce antimicrobial-like substances called bacteriocins that contribute to the control of bacteria like E-coli, and yeasts.
  • Help energize the enzymes that improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients. This may help lactose intolerance, as well as other digestive issues that can lead to bloating or constipation.
  • Produce certain B-vitamins and vitamin K. They have also shown to facilitate the absorption of minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc.
  • Release acetate from the fibers in fruits and vegetables to help us feel full and create CLA out of vegetable fats that helps burn belly fat
  • Colonize the skin and mucous membranes and play an important role healthy microbial balance of the skin, vaginal region, breasts and urinary tract.
  • Support digestive comfort
  • Support daily bowel movements
  • Support total body immunity
  • Are appropriate to take year-long for many people

LactoSpore and Lactobacillus and Bifidus species using Macrobac technology are superior probiotic supplements. Unlike most probiotic supplements, they require no refrigeration and can be taken with or without food. Look for CFU on the label of your probiotic supplement. This stands for Colony Forming Units or the number of bacteria expected to survive and colonize; this represents a superior bacterial supplement.

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