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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Probiotics Guide: Probiotic Benefits, Foods and Supplements

This is one of the best discussions about probiotics that I've seen. Be sure to click on and read the whole article from Dr. Axe. He discusses the best probiotic foods and supplements.

Garden of Life - Primal Defense is a good probiotic. Other good products are Garden of Life - Raw Probiotics and Jarrow Jarro-Dophilus.


"There are 5 specific things you want to consider when buying a probiotic supplement:

1. Brand Quality – look for brands that are reputable like garden of life, megafood, and axe naturals.

2. High CFU Count - purchase a probiotic brand that has a higher number of probiotic from 15 billion to 100 billion.

3. Strain Diversity – search for a probiotic supplement that has 10-30 different strains.

4. Survivability – look for strains like bacillus coagulans, saccharomyces boulardii, bacillus subtilis, lactobacillus rhamnosus, and other cultures or formulas that ensure probiotics make it to the gut and are able to colonize.

5. Research - do your homework and look for brands that have strains that support your specific needs.  You can find specific strain benefits in this chart below:

Beneficial Probiotic Strains 
Bifidobacterium bifidum – the most dominant probiotic in infants and in the large intestine. Supports production of vitamins in gut, inhibits harmful bacteria, supports immune system response and prevent diarrhea.

Bifidobacterium longum – supports liver function, reduces inflammation, removes lead and heavy metals.

Bifidobacterium breve – helps colonize healthy gut community and crowd out bad bacteria.

Bifidobacterium infantis – alleviates IBS symptoms, diarrhea, and constipation.

Lactobacillus casei – supports immunity, inhibits h. pylori, and helps fight infections.

Lactobacillus acidophilus – relieves gas, bloating, improves lactose intolerance.  Shown 61% reduction in e. coli, lower cholesterol levels, and creating of vitamin K.  Also, important in GALT immune strength.

Lactobacillus bulgaricus – a powerful probiotic strain that has been shown to fight harmful bacteria that invades your digestive system and is stable enough to withstand the acidic digestive juices of the stomach. It also neutralizes toxins and naturally produces its own antibiotics.

Lactobacillus brevis – shown to survive the GI tract, boost cellular immunity, enhanced natural T-killer cells, and kill h. pylori bacteria.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus – supports bacterial balance and supports healthy skin.  Helps fight urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and reduce anxiety by reducing stress hormones and GABA neurotransmitter receptors. Also, survives GI tract.

Bacillus subtilis – an endospore probiotic that is heat resistant.  Elicits a potent immune response and supports GALT.  Suppresses growth of bad bacteria like salmonella and other pathogens.
Bacillus coagulans – an endospore probiotic that is heat resistant and improves nutrient absorption.  Also has been shown to reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis.

Saccharomyces boulardii – a yeast probiotic strain that restores natural flora in the large and small intestine and improves intestinal cell growth.  It has proven effective in treating inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease.  It's been shown to have anti-toxin effects, be antimicrobial, and reduce inflammation."


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