BioGaia Probiotic - Lactobacillus
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BioGaia Probiotic chewable
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are defined as microorganisms that exert
health benefits when taken in specific quantities. Most
probiotic organisms are members of the Lactobacillus
family, which are constituents of the normal intestinal
flora in humans from an early age.
Before a bacterial strain can be
regarded as a true probiotic, it must be reported in
scientific literature and:
- There must be clear evidence of its health-enhancing
- It must be able to "colonize" the gastrointestinal
tract, so it plays a governing role in the balance
- It must act like a "natural" antibiotic, inhibiting
- It must be safe to consume
- It must be amenable to commercial-level production
- It must not negatively affect other beneficial
micro-organisms in the gut
- Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis - 30ct chewable
Probiotic bacteria are an ever-present companion
to man, either naturally inhabiting the mouth or the
gut or being consumed in traditional food products worldwide.
It is impossible to say when their benefits to humans
were first "discovered". However, we know
that they have been used to preserve food such as salami,
cheese, soy sauce and sauerkraut for hundreds, if not
thousands of years.
In the early 20th century, research efforts
into probiotics concentrated on the lactobacilli found
in milk products such as Lactobacillus casei (the first
probiotic strain isolated by the Japanese) and its western
equivalent, Lactobacillus acidophilus. About twenty
years ago, probiotics were given a scientific definition
and work began to identify the characteristics of individual
probiotic strains. Research has intensified since then
and we now have scientific proof of the concrete health
benefits of probiotics on immunity, gut and oral health.
What is Reuteri?
Reuteri is a lactic acid bacterium, categorized
as a probiotic thanks to the positive effect it has
on human health
Where does it come from?
The commercial strain of Reuteri for human use called
Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis or ATCC 55730, was isolated
from the breast milk of a woman living in the Peruvian
Andes - someone living in perfect harmony with nature.
What does it do?
Reuteri helps maintain a healthy balance of microflora
in the intestine that hinders harmful microorganisms
from multiplying. It therefore has a natural health-promoting
role - it is scientifically proven to help protect us
from "bad" bacteria, to strengthen our immunity.
Another strain L. reuteri Prodentis is used to balance
the microflora in the oral cavity there by curing bleeding
gums and reducing the amount of plaque on the teeth.
Why is Reuteri so special?
The fact that Reuteri occurs naturally in humans makes
it a truly human probiotic. It is one of very few species
of lactobacilli that is uniquely adapted to reside in
the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of man. Most species
have their natural living environment outside the human
body and are therefore just temporary residents derived
Is it safe?
Safety studies into Reuteri have been conducted in healthy
newborns, small children, adults and immuno-deficient
adults over the past decade. In all these studies, Reuteri
has proven free from side effects, even when given in
doses widely exceeding the levels normally contained
in Reuteri products. Almost one billion daily doses
of Reuteri have been consumed all over the world since
1996, without any reported side effects.
Probiotic health benefits
To be healthy, everyone needs to have a balance
of healthy microflora in his or her digestive tract.
It is a little known fact that about 80% of our immune
system is located in the tissues in and around the digestive
tract. There, the 400-500 different kinds of microorganisms
that constitute our normal flora defend us against harmful
bacteria, preventing them from multiplying and causing
In a perfect world, nobody would ever need to take
probiotics. We would receive our first doses during
birth and from our mothers' milk, eat naturally fermented
food products prepared slowly in traditional ways and
live the 'natural' life. Then perhaps we could afford
to take our intestinal balance for granted!
However, living in a fast-paced industrialised world,
the human intestine gets bombarded daily by allergens,
chemicals and potentially harmful bacteria through our
food and drink. In addition, sickness, certain kinds
of medicine, changes in eating habits or plain old stress
can upset the balance of our intestinal flora and give
harmful bacteria an opportunity to thrive.
For this reason, probiotics play a fundamental role
in human health and disease prevention. By taking probiotics,
we can restore the body's natural balance, boost our
health and maintain our well being.
To date, research has shown positive
health benefits of Reuteri in three main areas:
Reuteri combats harmful bacteria and improves
gut health Extensive, well-controlled clinical studies
show that Reuteri not only protects people from gastrointestinal
infections but can also speed up recovery after an infection.
Reuteri boosts the immune system and reduces
risk of common infections. In two recent studies on
day care children and adults, L. reuteri Protectis showed
convincing results on reducing the risk of acquiring
common infections. Effects on the immune system involve
the ability of Reuteri to recruit the so-called CD4
+ T-cells, and these help stimulate the immune response,
which is the body's first line of defense against disease.
Reuteri improves oral health and reduces risk of
Gum disease and tooth decay
can both be dramatically reduced by the regular use
of L. reuteri Prodentis.(chewing gum and lozenges available soon)