Ingredients of Super 8
Each vegetarian capsule is guaranteed to contain not less than 30 billion total viable cells (at time of manufacture) of:
Lactobacillus acidophilus: 45%
In a base of microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate and ascorbic acid
1.Lactobacillus acidophilus:one of the most prominent micro-organisms found in the small intestine. It produces lactic acid which inhibits yeast growth as well as natural antibiotics which enhance immune functions.
2.Lactobacillus rhamnosus:one of the most important probiotic strains for the health of the adult digestive tract from the mouth to the small intestine. Especially beneficial in inhibiting the bacteria involved in vaginal and urinary tract infections.
3.Streptococcus thermophilus:a transient probiotic from dairy origin. Producing large quantities of lactic acid, it limits the growth of unfriendly bacteria and helps in the prevention and treatment of diarrhoea.
4.Lactobacillus plantarum:from vegetable origin and found in the intestinal tract it has beneficial anti-microbial activities.
5.Bifidobacterium bifidum:found primarily in the large intestine. As a producer of B vitamins it helps the body in the completion of its digestive process, specifically in the absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium and other vitamins and minerals.
6.Bifidobacterium longum:colonises in the intestinal tract, it breaks down bile salts, helps to synthesize B-complex vitamins and stimulates the immune system.
7.Lactobacillus bulgaricus:a transient strain from dairy origin that carries important protective functions on its way through the intestinal tract.
8.Lactobacillus salivarius:found in the mouth and in the small intestine and has been shown to reduce bleeding gums, tooth decay, bad breath and oral thrush
Further information on Bifidobacterium bifidum:
- Bifido bacterium bifidum (also referred to as B. bifidum) is a natural inhabitant of the human large intestine
- Also found in the lower part of small intestine
- Also found in the human vagina
- Together with other bifidobacteria species, B. bifidum are the predominant organisms in the large intestine of breast-fed infants, accounting for about 99 per cent of the microflora
- In adults and adolescents, bifidobacteria are a major component of the large intestine's microflora
- Levels of bifidobacteria decline with age
- Levels of bifidobacteria decline in various disease states
- Bifido bacteria produce acetic and lactic acids, and small amounts of formic acid, from fermentable carbohydrates
According to Leon Chaitow ND, DO and Natasha Trenev, in their book Probiotics, The revolutionary 'friendly bacteria' way to vital health and well-being, the major beneficial functions of bifidobacteria are:
- the prevention of the colonization of the intestine by invading pathogenic bacteria or yeasts with which they compete for nutrients and attachment sites
- the production of acetic and lactic acids which lower the pH (increase the acidity of the intestine thus making the region undesirable for other possibly harmful bacteria
- assisting in nitrogen retention and weight gain in infants
- the inhibition of bacteria which can alter nitrates in the intestine (derived from food or water) into potentially harmful nitrites
- the production of B vitamins
- assisting in the dietary management of liver conditions
They further state that oral antibiotic therapy, therapeutic irradiation of the abdomen, reduced gastric acidity, impaired intestinal motility, stresses or some other conditions, will all disturb the intestinal microflora and cause bifidobacteria to decline. They state that bifidobacteria in supplements or in bifido milk can help to restore the intestinal microflora.