SHOCKING HEALTH BENEFITS
OF PROBIOTIC BACTERIA
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, the father of medicine said that, “All diseases begin in the gut.” Today we have enough evidence he was not far from the truth because many chronic and metabolic diseases do, in fact, begin in the gut. Also weakness of our immune system, which is greatly influenced by the ratio between good and bad bacteria in the gut, is one of the key causes of acute and chronic infectious diseases, cancers, or 160 autoimmune conditions.
The proper ratio of good to bad bacteria is a critical measure in determining overall health and well-being. It is believed that healthy human organism should contain more than 85% of beneficial bacteria and less than 15% of pathogenic (“bad”) bacteria. Unfortunately, due to unhealthy lifestyle, refined (low in fibre) diet, misuse of antibiotics, birth control pills, stimulants, chlorinated water, toxins, and other factors our gastro-intestinal tract is often very low in beneficial probiotic bacteria. As a result, our intestines are overloaded with pathogenic yeasts and bacteria producing toxins and causing intestinal damage, inflammations and contributing to all kinds of problems including constipation, diarrhoea, weak immune system, poor absorption of nutrients, skin conditions such as eczema, bloating, allergies, colic, etc.
Studies suggest that gut bacteria may play a powerful role in weight regulation. According to the current research data probiotics can help us lose belly fat and weight. We also have clear evidence that people with normal-bodyweight have different gut bacteria than overweight or obese individuals (>, >, >).
Body weight seems to be related to the healthy balance between two groups of bacteria, bacteroidetes and firmicutes (>, >). Research provides evidence that obese people had more firmicutes and fewer bacteroidetes, compared to individuals with normal body weight.
In addition, there are also some animal studies showing that when the gut bacteria from obese mice are transferred into guts of slim mice, the slim mice get fat (>).
It is also possible that certain types of beneficial bacteria (such as those from the Lactobacillus family) may inhibit the absorption of dietary fat and increase the amount of fat excreted from the body (>).
Probiotics promote normal body weight also by increasing levels of the protein ANGPTL4 which decreases fat storage (>).
They may even have a similar positive effect on our appetite and satiety as hormones such as serotonin or leptin as they help increase the satiety hormone GLP-1 thus reducing our appetite and the intake of calories. In addition, by elevating levels of this hormone probiotics help us burn more fat (>, >).
We know that obesity is linked to a condition called a systemic inflammation and that by improving gut health beneficial bacteria reduce systemic inflammation thus helping us to cope with obesity and other inflammation-related conditions (>, >).
Surprisingly, more recent studies have found conclusive proof that proper balance of bacteria in our gut may have more to do with our mood than any other contributing factor. Researcher found that the microbiota living within the intestines may positively influence our mood as it plays a large role in creating the various brain neurotransmitters and feel good hormones. Some specific strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium (included in the MoodProbio) may optimize the production and function of important chemicals like GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), serotonin and dopamine involved in mood and required in the brain for healthy cognitive function and focus. In addition, a healthy bacterial balance in human gastro-intestinal tract is positively correlated with higher levels of amino acid tryptophan which is used by our body to make vital antidepressant and good mood factors such as serotonin and niacin (vitamin B3).
It means that deficiency of certain strains of probiotic bacteria in the colon may contribute to bad mood, anxiety, depression and other problems associated with mental health. In one study participants who took a probiotic supplement every day for thirty days felt happier and reported feeling less affected by stressful situations than those who didn’t take probiotics. Other studies also suggest that supplements with probiotic bacteria can help to cope with bad mood, depression and anxiety.
Due to its excellent formulation the MoodProbio 30 Billion contains the well-studied strains believed to produce neurotransmitters and to regulate the level of inflammation throughout the body including the brain. It may be helpful in improving mood by possible positive influence on the production of B vitamins, amino acid Tryptophan as well as release of antidepressant and feel good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine or GABA.
In addition, some strains of probiotic bacteria included in this excellent formula may play a vital role in boosting immunity and coping with various gastro-intestinal discomforts including diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, gas or indigestion.
The MoodProbio 30 Billion is suitable for vegans and are formulated using very potent acid and bile resistant, gluten-free and dairy-free (lactose-free) strains of probiotic cultures including Bifidobacterium and L. Rhamnosus strains (may alter and help stimulate the production of neurotransmitters such as GABA and serotonin), Lactobacillus helveticus (may improve brain health and age-reduced cognitive function), Lactobacillus plantarum (may act as a neuroprotective agent capable to enhance memory), Lactobacillus casei (may increase tryptophan production and modulate serotonin and dopamine concentration), Bifidobacterium infantis (may improve immune function, reduce inflammation, and combat neural changes associated with stress).
In order to achieve a farther improvement of the life and potency of the probiotic bacteria the HealthAid® MoodProbio™ capsules are enriched with an excellent prebiotic in the form of Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS) which help to support the growth and proliferation of probiotic bacterial strains in the intestinal tract.
The MoodProbio is free from gluten, wheat, yeast, soy, dairy, lactose, nuts, eggs, GMO, artificial colours, preservatives and flavourings.
Studies indicate that taking probiotic bacteria, especially a high-concentration of specific live freeze-dried bacterial species that are normal components of the human gastrointestinal microflora, may help with numerous gastro-intestinal problems including severe abdominal discomfort accompanied by diarrhoea. These strains include four strains of lactobacilli (Lactobacillus casei, L. plantarum, L. acidophilus and L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus), three strains of bifidobacteria (Bifidobacterium longum, B. breve and B. infantis) and Streptococcus salivarius subsp Thermophiles. Some of these probiotics strains may help reduce the pathogen bacteria and yeasts such as Candida in the gut, some help to balance our intestinal PH, and some may reduce inflammatory processes.
Due to its formulation and excellent content which includes the above mentioned powerful strains the ColiProbio may play a vital role in aiding absorption of nutrients, strengthening the immune function, fighting Candida or preventing flu and colds. However, the unique combination of the great variety of very potent strains of specific probiotic bacteria included in this carefully designed formula is especially intended to address various intestinal problems including severe intestinal discomfort, wind, gas, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation.
The ColiProbio capsules are suitable for vegetarians and are formulated using very potent gluten-free and dairy-free (lactose-free) strains of probiotic cultures including Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Streptococcus thermophiles.
In order to achieve a farther improvement of the life and potency of the probiotic bacteria the ColiProbio capsules are enriched with an excellent prebiotic in the form of Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS) which helps to support the growth and proliferation of bacterial strains in the intestinal tract.
People using antibiotics, suffering from gastro-intestinal discomfort, bloating, indigestion or persistent yeast infections such as Candida are well advised to include ColiProbio™ as a part of their daily regime.
The microbiota is truly a fascinating feature of the human body including also infants and children. It influences their immune system, digestion and absorption. There are also some very complex interactions between nutrition, digestion and our microbiota that will influence the brain development, the immune system, and optimal growth of infants and children.
The proper ratio of good to bad bacteria is a critical measure in determining overall health and well-being. It is true not only with regards to adults but also infants and children. It is believed that healthy human organism should contain more than 85% of beneficial bacteria and less than 15% of pathogenic (“bad”) bacteria. Unfortunately, due to unhealthy lifestyle, refined (low in fibre diet) diet, misuse of antibiotics and medication, stimulants, and other factors the gastro-intestinal tract of many pregnant women is often very low in beneficial probiotic bacteria. As a result, when a baby is born it is burdened with the similar bad ratio between good and bad bacteria which, as many believe, may contribute to constipation, diarrhoea, weak immune system, eczema, bloating, allergies, or colic. Although it is true that these problems may be associated with other common causes such as gluten or lactose intolerance or allergies yet adding a good quality probiotic bacteria to baby’s or child’s diet often turned out to be very helpful according to the numerous reports of mothers who decided to try this method.
For the baby, gut is also the first line of defence in terms of immunity. Without a well-functioning gastro-intestinal tract, infants and children can’t get the proper nourishment to grow or to defend themselves against pathogens. Therefore, developing and maintaining a healthy and loaded with beneficial strains of bacteria colon is crucial to their overall health.
The types of bacteria that reside in an infant’s or child’s intestines are not the same as those found in adults. For this reason the InfantProbio can be regarded as a unique formula containing a special viable and potent strain of Lactobacillus Reuteri probiotic bacteria. It provides 200 million (per dose) colony-forming unit of Lactobacillus Reuteri strain isolated from breast milk.
Lactobacillus Reuteri has been known to produce a broad spectrum anti-Microbial compound – Reuterin, which help modulate immune responses via the gut’s mucosal immune system, aiding in the production of antibodies and keeping pathogens under control. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, reducing C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and pro-inflammatory cytokines. It may help to avert allergies by training baby’s immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens and respond appropriately. This superb formula will also aid indigestion and absorption of carbohydrates (starches, fibre and sugars). In addition, the Lactobacillus Reuteri strain is believed to be helpful in enhancing the mucosal barrier and promoting microbial diversity in the gut.
Colic has been a puzzling idiopathic condition for centuries, and babies often suffer for weeks or even months as a result of this common problem. However, the much studied Lactobacillus Reuteri strains, has shown the ability to help and prevent the digestive discomfort associated with colic in new born infants. Research even suggests that it may have greater efficacy than simethicone, which for years has been the traditional choice to treat colic.