why take probiotics?
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 | Editor
IF YOU ONLY CHANGE ONE THING THIS YEAR...
. . .TAKE A PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT
A healthy level of good bacteria is generally agreed to be beneficial to good health, but should the balance of good and bad be upset then there can be potentially adverse effects on the body. Research has suggested that if the diet is supplemented with the same type of bacteria that is present in the gut, then the 'good bacteria' is more likely to have a positive effect in redressing the balance between good and bad. Lactobacillus acidophilus strain probiotic supplements have been found to be very active in the human digestive tract.
Make sure your probiotic is high potency with human strain organisms clinically proven in scientific studies to be very stable, effective at populating the gut and acid resistant. Many are clinically unproven and we do not sell them.
Higher dose probiotics are more effective. Studies showing an effect with less than 10 billion bacteria are few and far between. This immediately disqualifies yoghurts that purport to provide effective probiotics - they do not.
Look for a probiotic that offers at least this amount 10 billion. For example, BioCare offer clinically proven formulations providing 20-130 billion organisms using various strains and delivery methods fit for purpose. Another excellent brand is Lamberts. (You can go here to see all our probiotics. You will see at the left of the screen where you can select which brands of probiotics you want to look at).
Even though there are hundreds of strains in the gut, more strains do not necessarily mean greater effectiveness. Some contain two strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus, along with Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium lactis, as it's important that a probiotic only contains bacteria proven to work together.
F.O.S. (fructooligosaccharide) is a 'prebiotic' that feeds beneficial bacteria and has been shown to actively inhibit the overgrowh of pathogens such as candida. Some probiotics contain F.O.S. as this greatly increases their effectiveness.
PROBIOTIC DOs AND DON'Ts
- Ensure the probiotic is robust and high potency so that they are effective
- Buy a product that is freeze dried, refrigerated and viable until end of shelf life to ensure maximum potency
- Ensure your probiotic is well-characterised, human strain, safe, stable, high potency and clinically effective
- Avoid non-human strain bacteria or yeasts
- Avoid unproven multistrain probiotics