According to the World Health Organization (WHO) probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”
In other words, probiotics are live, beneficial microorganisms similar to the “friendly” bacteria found naturally in your body’s digestive system. Probiotics have best been known for their ability to support the body’s digestive system by helping to reduce symptoms of common digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), lactose intolerance, antibiotic-associated diarrhea, gas, and bloating.
Why Does Your Digestive System Need Probiotics?
From the day you were born your digestive tract has been introduced to a steady stream of bacteria – some helpful, some harmful. One key to intestinal health is maintaining a balance of helpful bacteria and harmful bacteria, thus avoiding digestive imbalance.
Unfortunately, many factors (see chart below) can disturb your intestinal balance and decrease the level of beneficial bacteria or naturally occurring probiotics (healthy bacteria). There is good news, however. A daily regimen of probiotics, either as a dietary supplement, or in fortified foods can boost beneficial bacteria levels to help restore intestinal balance.
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Top 5 Factors to Look for in a Probiotic Supplement:
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- SURVIVABILITY | Look for a probiotic that is able to survive the harsh acids of your stomach in order to arrive in your intestines – their intended target.
- SAFETY | Make sure the probiotic you choose has published clinical studies on its specific bacterial strain. Oftentimes, probiotic manufacturers claim safety studies conducted on strains different from their own.
- COLONIZATION | Even though a probiotic is able to survive your stomach acids and is safe, it still needs to be able to colonize, or multiply, to have a positive effect on your digestive health. Choose a probiotic that is able to colonize your intestinal tract with beneficial bacteria.*
- QUANTITY | Look for supplements or fortified foods that contain at least 1 billion or more probiotic cells.
- SHELF STABLE | Probiotics that require refrigeration are often expensive and inconvenient. Select a probiotic that does not require refrigeration and is shelf stable.
How is GanedenBC30 Different from Other Probiotics?
Many probiotics found in capsules, tablets and yogurt are extremely fragile and thus few cells survive and populate the intestines – providing minimal health benefits. GanedenBC30
is unique in that it has as spore inside the cell to protect the cell's fragile genetic material through manufacturing, product shelf life and stomach acids. Other traditional probiotic bacteria such lactobacillus, acidophilus and bifidobacteria are not able to form these protective spores, making them more vulnerable.
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