To learn more about probiotics health benefits,
visit the International Probiotics Association website. We are proud to be a member of this recognized association.
Our knowledge and use of probiotics for good gastrointestinal health have been around for quite a while. Russian scientist and Nobel Prize winner Élie Metchnikoff was the first to realize the benefits of using beneficial microbes (or good bacteria) as far back as 1907. Metchnikoff was convinced that a person could enhance the chances of living a longer life by simple, sober living, and daily consumption of “soured milk” beginning in childhood and continued thereafter1.
Nowadays, the use of probiotics is common. They are found in many dairy products and fermented food, as well as in dietary supplements and medicinal products.2
Interest and research in probiotics have grown significantly. Scientists have created more diverse strains adapted to individual needs and probiotics are now available in many different formats and delivery methods. The future is bright for probiotics.
1 Recycling Metchnikoff: Probiotics, the Intestinal Microbiome and the Quest for Long Life https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3859987/
2 Ciorba MA. Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology. 2012;10(9):960-968
Our intestines are populated by a large number of various bacterial strains: a well-balanced and rich intestinal flora, also called the microbiota, is able to protect us from many disorders1. At times, it is referred to as the forgotten organ2 because in many ways the microbiota acts just like an organ. Its activity helps with everything from digesting food, to fighting infections and protecting the body from toxins.3,4 It can also help to shape your immune system and even impact mood.5,6 When there is an imbalance, we can suffer from issues like bloating, constipation, cramps, diarrhea and other disorders.
It is easy for your microbiota to become out of sync. Illness, or an antibiotics treatment can influence the composition of beneficial microbes in your intestines.4 Stress, lack of exercise and diet can also potentially distort the balance of the microbiota in your gut.6,7 In healthy people the microbiota is well balanced, and the good bacteria dominate6: it is important to maintain this balance for good health. Taking a quality probiotics supplement is a proactive way to help maintain gastrointestinal health.
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12 Conlon M, et al Nutrients. 2015;7:17-44
The body’s digestive system extracts nutrients from food, which it uses for energy, growth and cell repair. The way it does this is complex, involving different organs, tissues and cells1.
This is the short version:
That much everyone knows. But what you probably didn’t realize is that the entire digestive system is packed full of microorganisms, such as fungi, yeasts, archaea and most commonly, bacteria2.
Collectively this ecosystem is known as your intestinal microbiota and it helps with digestion.
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In a healthy adult eating a good diet and with a healthy lifestyle, the digestive system usually works away fairly unnoticed.
But when the balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria in your microbiota is disrupted it can lead to digestive problems, as well as more serious health conditions.3
1 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Anatomy/your-digestive-system/Pages/anatomy.aspx. Accessed June 2016.
2 Hoffman C, et al. PLOS ONE. 2013;8(6):1–12.
3 Zhang YJ, et al. Int Journ of Mol Sci. 2015;16(4):7493–7519.
4 Belkaid Y, et al. Cell. 2014;157(1):121–141.
The word itself comes from the Greek meaning “for life”. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that live in our digestive track and help maintain and protect gastrointestinal health.
STRAINS refer to the origin of the live microorganisms contained within the probiotic itself and they are usually accompanied by a long Latin name. Each strain offers a different health benefit and combining complementary strains helps to target the overall desired benefit of the probiotic.
PREBIOTICS encourage the growth of the existing good bacteria in your gut and possibly stimulate the growth of probiotics. As a result, they will help to favor an optimal gastrointestinal health.
CFU stands for Colony-Forming Units. The number of CFU is high (often in the billions) to ensure that the microorganisms are still alive when they get to your gut.
In your body, the majority of bacteria are located in your gut. They are a part of a healthy human ecosystem and help the body function properly.
• support overall digestive and gastrointestinal health
Probiotics compliment your body's natural collection of both good and bad bacteria to keep your gut healthy and balanced.