With the over use of antibiotics in our society today, both prescribed to humans and fed to animals that become part of our food chain, daily probiotic supplements have become an increasingly important part of any supplement regime. Even when we do our best to get the probiotics we need through dietary means, this isn’t always possible due to the over-processing of many foods. + Read more >
Probiotic supplements help maintain a healthy balance between the good and bad bacteria in our gut. This keeps the digestive tract healthy and able to filter out potentially harmful bacteria, chemicals, toxins and other waste products. Studies have suggested that high quality probiotic supplements, by introducing "good" bacteria into the gut, may help maintain immune system activity. This in turn helps the body react more quickly to new infections. Although at times they are very necessary, antibiotics seem to reduce immune system activity as a result of killing off the normal gut bacteria. This can lead to antibiotic-related diarrhea and yeast infections. Probiotic supplements have also been shown to reduce symptoms in people with inflammatory bowel disease, improve blood lipids, glucose tolerance and eczema. Maintaining your healthy balance between good and bad bacteria has never been easier with quality probiotic supplements from Body Energy Club’s online vitamin store. Before starting any new nutritional supplements it is important to check with your doctor to make sure they are right for you, especially if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medications.
When the foods we eat are cooked or processed, they lose their natural enzymes. Lacking these crucial enzymes, our bodies take on the added burden of enzyme production. This can lead to an overworked pancreas and a reduction in the quality of digestion. In addition, as we age, our levels of enzyme production drop even further. Even a small decrease in nutrient digestion can lead to gas, bloating and indigestion. Indigested fats can become rancid (toxic), indigested carbs feed colonic bacterial strains and indigested proteins can pass through the intestinal mucosa leading to allergic immune responses. Optimal digestion increases the nutrients that our bodies need. It decreases the digestive load placed on our bodies when we consume enzyme-depleted foods. Considering the high levels of protein in our diets, ALLMAX has ensured that the protein digestion complex is very high in potency and has 4 different variations with different pH activities to ensure maximum protein absorption. Enhanced protein absorption leads to increased levels of plasma amino acids and nitrogen retention levels, both essential for growth and recovery. 11 different enzyme forms have been recruited to supply a truly full spectrum of highly active enzymes. With as much as 90% of typical diet coming from cooked, boiled, baked, microwaved, barbecued, processed and shelf-stable products – digestive enzymes are a must. ALLMAX DIGESTIVE ENZYMES comes in a 150 gram size with 90 vegetarian gel caps.$17.99
Probiotics are live microorganisms that promote a balanced intestinal microflora and a healthy gastrointestinal tract. AOR's Advanced Biotics formula contains a blend of seven clinically tested probiotic strains that possess antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, anticarcinogenic, antidiarrheal and antiallergenic properties.
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This advanced probiotic contains 20 billion active cells and is recommended by natural doctors for adults and seniors with lower bowel conditions. This therapeutic blend of 9 specific bacterial strains may also be helpful for abnormal cell division, bacterial infections and maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels.$46.99
Udos Choice Super Bifido Plus Probiotic consists of 10 strains of beneficial bacteria and contains 61 billion viable cells per capsule (at date of manufacture). This potent adult formula has a high concentration of bifidobacterium strains, balanced with lactobacillus strains, to support large intestine health and help restore friendly bacteria populations.* Udo's Choice Super Bifido Plus Probiotic assists in providing relief from occasional constipation or irregularity.* It is also ideal for travelers to maintain healthy flora while away from home.*$47.99
The bifidobacteria, including B. infantis, B. bifidum and B. breve, should represent the largest population of beneficial bacteria in babies, whose immune defences are not yet fully working. Babies pick up these friendly bacteria from their mothers during their passage through a clean and healthy birth canal. Studies show that B. infantis was found in approximately 60% of full-term newborns who were born vaginally and only 9% of babies born by caesarean section. Formula fed babies also have significant differences from breastfed babies in the composition of their gut microflora because the heat used to pasteurize formula kills all bacteria. The specific strains used in Infant's Blend have been specially chosen for their value to infant health and have been formulated to the viable count appropriate for infants.$22.99
L. rhamnosus is probably the most important probiotic strain for health from the mouth to the small intestine. It protects by coating the mucus, preventing toxins from reaching the blood. It even results in better smelling breath. L. rhamnosus survives temperature extremes and is resistant to bile salts and stomach acid, ferments 23 sugars and inhibits negative bacteria and yeast growth. It is hardier and keeps better without refrigeration. Compared to L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus is 8 to 10 times more prolific, has a larger spectrum of sugar fermentation (important for people with milk sugar intolerance) has better control over putrefactive microbes, and is more effective at inhibiting disease-causing pathogens. L. acidophilus produces lactic acid which keeps a proper pH balance in the small intestine, inhibiting yeast growth. Studies have show that L. acidophilus is effective in reducing lactose intolerance, inhibiting undesirable organisms in the intestine, reducing cholesterol levels and controlling diarrhea. B. bifidus helps maintain health of the large intestine in both children and adults, promoting regular bowel movements, giving protection from yeast and bacterial pathogens such as E. coli, Clostridium and Shigella infections. Goat milk is an excellent environment for lactic bacteria because it helps beneficial bacteria proliferate. It also lacks a specific protein that is found in cow milk to which many people are allergic. Contraindications - Studies in humans indicate that lactobacillus preparations do not appear to interfere with the effectiveness of antibiotics, but may prevent antibiotic-induced diarrhea. - If taking antibiotics wait 2 hours before ingesting probiotics. - Exceedingly safe. However, be aware that there may be a period of digestive adjustment while the body adjusts to any new probiotic strain. - As well, the superior 'attacking' power of L.rhamnosus against negative bacteria and yeast may temporarily release more toxins, resulting in flu-like symptoms. - If this happens, just cut back on the dosage until the toxins are removed from the body. Gradually return to your usual dosage.From:
This potent 12 strain multi probiotic is excellent for restoring healthy levels of intestinal flora, that support immunity and boost overall health. With a guaranteed 12 billion live active cells, Ultimate Protec Multi Probiotic is therapeutic strength to help you recover from antibiotic treatment, or simply to build a strong, healthy digestive tract.From:
L. rhamnosus is probably the most important probiotic strain for health of the mouth to the small intestine. It protects by coating the mucus, preventing toxins from reaching the blood. It even results in better smelling breath. L. rhamnosus survives temperature extremes and is resistant to bile salts and stomach acid, ferments 23 sugars and inhibits negative bacteria and yeast growth. It is hardier and keeps better without refrigeration. Compared to L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus is 8 to 10 times more prolific, has a larger spectrum of sugar fermentation (important for people with milk sugar intolerance), has better control over putrefactive microbes, and is more effective at inhibiting disease-causing pathogens. L. acidophilus produces lactic acid which keeps a proper pH balance in the small intestine, inhibiting yeast growth. Studies have show that L. acidophilus is effective in reducing lactose intolerance, inhibiting undesirable organisms in the intestine, reducing cholesterol levels and controlling diarrhea. L. casei ferments large numbers of carbohydrates, is effective in the treatment of intestinal infections, inhibits tumours in mice, and increases immunity in humans against bacterial and viral infections. B. longum is effective against putrefactive and pathogenic bacteria. It has anticarcinogenic activity, deconjugates bile salts, helps to synthesize some of the B complex vitamins and may lower the content of serum cholesterol. FOS (fructooligosaccharides) are short-chained indigestible sugars found in chicory. They increase the amount of healthy bacteria in the colon. As they are indigestible, they pass through the small intestine into the colon intact where friendly bacteria feed on them and multiply. FOS is often referred to as a prebiotic and is the ideal addition to a probiotic product as they keep healthy amounts of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract.From:
With the burgeoning research into the benefits of probiotics, Ultimate Multi Probiotic provides a powerful multi strain probiotic formula based on the latest current research. It is a 12 strains blend formula with a minimum of 12 billion live cells at expiry date (18 billion live cells per capsule at the time of manufacture). These 12 strains include 8 Lactobacilli species and one Lactococcus species for the ultimate health of the full length of the small intestine as well as 3 Bifidobacteria species for the ultimate health of the complete length of the large intestine. Different species in a single formula more closely approximates the normal composition of intestinal flora. As probiotic properties are different from one strain to the other, each strain will contribute specific inhibitive functions against pathogenic or putrefactive bacteria. Multi strain probiotic formulations are also recommended because each person's intestinal flora has a unique bacterial community (very similar to fingerprints), therefore each person will react differently to the absorption of the same probiotic strain. For some people L. acidophilus might be most effective while for others L. rhamnosus. L. casei might adapt more easily to their intestinal flora. Each strain in the Ultimate Multi Probiotic has undergone a stringent selection process (e.g. Our L. acidophilus was chosen after studying the probiotic properties of 95 different L. acidophilus strains.) Each strain has been carefully selected for natural gastric resistance. Testing each strain shows no loss of bacteria after 3 hours at 370 in gastric solutions at pH3/pH4. The natural pH of an empty stomach is 1.5. After eating stomach's pH goes up to 5-6. This is critical, as these strains will survive the stomach's acidity without enteric coating and reach the intestines at full potency. Each strain has been selected for its ability to grow in the presence of high bile levels. High growth in the presence of bile also maximizes probiotic potency. Antibiotic compatibility is also important. Strains are chosen so they do not interfere with the effectiveness of antibiotics but still protect from their adverse effects. Probiotics also have been selected for established enzymatic activities. Lactic acid bacteria induce a variety of enzymatic activities that generate multiple additional health benefits. By doing so they may help to prevent several conditions: lactose intolerance, infectious diseases, urogenital and vaginal diseases and immune system deficiencies.From: