What to look for in a probiotic
What you should know about probiotics
You might be surprised to learn that how you feel and even look every day is tied to your intestines. To maintain good health, your intestines must accurately help and absorb nutrients eliminate waste and toxins.
Your intestines, which lie between the stomach and rectum, are part of the Gl tract or digestive system. In the large and small intestines, food is broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream, providing your cells and organs with the energy they need to function. Your intestines do this with the help of good bacteria (also called microflora).
These "good bacteria" aid digestion, promote vital nutrient production, maintain pH (acid-base) balance, and prevent the proliferation of unwelcome bacteria. From the time of birth, your body is inhabited by these good bacteria. Changes in ageing, stress and diet and other factors can disrupt this delicate balance.
Lack of good bacteria can lead to:
- Digestion issues
- Poor bowel function and flatulence
- A weakened immune system
- Poor nutrient absorption
- Low level of energy and well-being
Lack of good bacteria is so common that many health professionals recommend the use of probiotic supplements. Probiotics are good bacteria strains that limit the proliferation of unwelcome bacteria in the intestinal tract by crowding them out.
In the first decade of the twentieth century a Russian scientist, Elie Metchnikoff suggested that the long lives of Bulgarian peasants might be a result of their consumption or fermented microorganisms which positively influenced the microflora of the colon. This discovery, together with his work in immunology, earned him the 1908 Nobel Prize in Medicine. One his event raised considerable interest in the study of benefits of microorganisms to humans. In 1974 the term "Probiotic" (pro - for; bio = life) was coined to describe the use of beneficial bacteria to positively influence health.
When taken in sufficient numbers, today the scientific field agrees that probiotics offer a broad range of health benefits.
Restoring the balance
Conditioned as we are to think of bacteria as trouble-makers, it's hard to accept that we may have too few of these organisms in our digestive system. That is quite common. And when it happens, our bodies let us know with occasional sluggishness, irregularity, bloating, or a weaker immune system.
There is a synergistic relationship between good bacteria and our body: we provide them with a safe place to grow and live, and they help us digest, absorb our food, eliminate and maintain a healthy intestinal function. It works very well ... as long as there are enough of them.
Not all probiotic bacteria are identical. They differ by genus, species and strain and results. It has been shown that organisms must both colonise and live within the gut to induce beneficial effects. A lot of probiotics don't even reach the intestine and hence offer no benefits.
Probiotics are fragile live bacteria. Probiotic cultures vary, and the good of a probiotic is not measured solely by the number of living bacteria in a pill. The beneficial effects of the presence of probiotics in the gastrointestinal tract depend on their viability-- the ability of the bacteria to colonise and survive.
In the U.S. many probiotic products arc supported by poor research, are poorly formulated and suffer from poor quality control. Most products list bacterial genera and species but make no mention of the viability of the bacteria. Acidophilus, for instance, has only -A 53% viability, which means that only half of the bacteria you take will be able to survive.
A good Probiotic
Why VSL#3 Probiotic is different?
VSL#3 is a high-potency probiotic medical food designated for the dietary management of ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and an ileal pouch. It is a medical food and must not be confused with an over-the-counter dietary supplement.
Potency Of VSL#3
Unlike other probiotics, VSL#3 is a superior high-potency probiotic medical food. The number of bacteria is important.
VSL#3 is 10 times more potent than the average probiotic (average CFU = 15.5 billion) - The average probiotic (according to IRI data 09/12) contains about 4.3 billion CFU.
VSL#3 formulations contain from 225 billion to 900 billion bacteria per serving (available by prescription).
VSL#3 is one of the most potent probiotics in the world.
Live Bacteria in VSL#3
Refrigeration preserves the live bacteria and helps maintain high potency.
VSL#3 is a refrigerated probiotic.
VSL#3 is manufactured with a carefully designed formulation of billions of bacteria that maintain vitality.
VSL#3 has triple layer packets to prevent heat, light, moisture and contamination to maintain potency. The patented cap on the capsule bottle also prevents heat, light, moisture and contamination from entering the bottle, allowing us to forgo needing a second seal on the capsule bottle.
Strains of Bacteria in VSL#3
One of the effects of probiotics is that they are highly strain-specific. Simultaneous administration of multiple bacterial strains in specified ratios may provide a range of benefits that cannot be achieved with single-strain probiotics.
VSL#3's unique synergistic composition, with 8 diverse strains of bacteria, has significant advantages in terms of metabolic and functional activities.
VSL#3's 3 genus and 8 species of live bacteria have been carefully cultivated and mixed proportionally to optimise the probiotic content.
VSL#3 has the highest concentration of bacteria (compared to other probiotics) and the unique combination of strains confers upon VSL#3 an unusual degree of potency.
Where can you buy VSL#3 Probiotic?
VSL#3 probiotic supplement can be bought without a prescription at Asset Chemist
VSL#3 is packaged with a coolant to preserve the cold chain.