Health Benefits of Taking Probiotic

What are the benefits of taking probiotics? Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem — literally and figuratively — hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria. Northern Europeans consume a lot of these beneficial microorganisms, called probiotics (from pro and biota, meaning “for life”), because of their tradition of eating foods fermented with bacteria, such as yogurt. Probiotic-laced beverages are also big business in Japan.

Some digestive disease specialists are recommending probiotic supplements for disorders that frustrate conventional medicine, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies suggest that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.

Self-dosing with bacteria isn’t as outlandish as it might seem. An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. These microorganisms (or microflora) generally don’t make us sick; most are helpful. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.

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Microbiome Plus+ Probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri NCIMB

GUT MICROBIOME AND BILE METABOLISM SUPPORT — The human microbiome consists of trillions of microbial cells — archaea, bacteria, fungi, viruses — that live within the gut. The gut microbiome interacts with bile acids to affect their hydrophobicity, regulation and toxicity. Disturbance of the bile acid pool may trigger various diseases. It is imperative for our health that these remain in balance. Probiotics help to encourage and maintain healthy microbiome and optimal bile metabolism.

Optimal Benefits of Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal Probiotics

GROUNDBREAKING PROBIOTIC

Contains a potent 7 billion CFU dose of L. reuteri NCIMB 30242 

GUT MICROBIOME AND BILE METABOLISM SUPPORT

The human microbiome consists of trillions of microbial cells — archaea, bacteria, fungi, viruses — that live within the gut. The gut microbiome interacts with bile acids to affect their hydrophobicity, regulation and toxicity. Disturbance of the bile acid pool may trigger various diseases. It is imperative for our health that these remain in balance. Probiotics help to encourage and maintain healthy microbiome and optimal bile metabolism. 

ENHANCE & PRESERVE YOUR HEALTH

Your gut houses an incredible array of good and bad bugs. These are integral in health, for example, forming approximately 80% of your immune system. In health, the good bacteria ought to suppress pathogenic forms. An optimal balance helps to prevent and relieve allergies, bloating, excessive gas, constipation, hormonal imbalance and mood disorders. 

Probiotics (supplemental good bugs) replenish healthy bacterial strains and assist digestive and immune function and other aspects of health.

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Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal Combo Probioitic L. Reuteri NCIMB

Clinically Proven to Lower Cholesterol by 11.64%
Clinically Proven to Increase Vitamin D by 25.5%
Significantly Improves Gastrointestinal (GUT) Health
Significantly Improves Heart Health
Advanced Delayed-Release Veggie Capsules to Maximize Delivery and Probiotic Potency
Allergy Safe/Gluten, Soy and Corn Free/Vegan/Non-GMO/Preservative Free

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Ingredients

PROBIOTIC Capsule: Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 3.5 billion CFU. Other Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, vegetable capsule (hypromellose, titanium dioxide). PREBIOTIC scFOS Tablet: scFOS (Short-chain fructo oligosaccharides) 600mg. Other Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, croscarmellose sodium and silicon dioxide.

About Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal – Probiotic & Prebiotic Combo

Microbiome Plus+ Gastrointestinal Probiotic and Prebiotic Combo is a powerful supplement supported by rigorous scientific analysis. L. reuteri NCIMB 30242 is one of the few probiotics given GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status, our prebiotic fiber scFOS is designed to boost the effectiveness of our probiotic in a synbiotic combination that synergistically promotes gastrointestinal health.

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Living Milled Chia With Probiotics

Great source of protein,Supports healthy digestive system
Supports healthy immune system
Promotes bone health
Good source of antioxidants and minerals
Natural source of energy
Provides 1 billion CFU’s per serving

Living Chia With Probiotics is the perfect formulation to provide an advanced combination of probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein all in one product. Our chia goes through a strict quality control process from sowing until harvest, cleaning and packaging. It is then blended with probiotics to offer the ideal blend to fuel better nutrition and quality of life. Living Chia With Probiotics contains a unique strain of probiotic called IS-2 Bacillus Coagulans. This strain differentiates itself from other probiotics by its ability to survive the manufacturing process, stomach acids, and bile salts providing you with a beneficial probiotic. Pesticides are avoided to ensure that the best seeds are distributed and consumed.

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Dr. Colbert's Probiotics With Prebiotics

Supports the normal immune reaction ofintestinal cells Crowd out bacterial pathogens and maintain healthy gut flora
Communicate with intestinal cells to maintaingut barrier function

The foundation of health is essentially based on a healthy G.I. tract. Dr. Colbert’s Probiotics With Prebiotics is a special mixture of beneficial bacteria. Formulated for room temperature storage, the patient is much more likely to comply with the dosing, and we eliminate the moisture problem inherent with refrigerated products. Saccharomyces boulardii has proven its efficiency in the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrheas and in Clostridium difficile-recurrent infections.

Do you need to take a probiotic supplement?

A typical person can have as much as 100 trillion bacteria in their gut. This is more than ten times the amount of cells we have in our entire body. Probiotics, such as those in Dr. Colbert’s Probiotics With Prebiotics, contain those “good” bacteria that help maintain the health of the intestines and aid in the digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Recent studies suggest that certain bacteria in the gut promote the development of certain parts of the immune system. It’s fascinating that over 1/4 of the immune cells in the body come from the gut, and these immune cells are responsible for over 50% of the body’s immune response.

Dr. Colbert has developed a comprehensive blend of superbiotics (probiotics with maximum benefit) and prebiotics. These carefully picked superbiotics include:

  • Saccharomyces boulardii
  • Bacillus subtilis DE111®
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus plantarum

Of these probiotic strains, the most unique is the DE111®. The DE111® has the ability to form endospores to protect itself in harsh conditions such as high temperatures and the acidic environment in the gut. This unique ability to survive in harsh conditions increases the likelihood that the probiotic strain will plant good bacteria in the gut.

The science behind DE111®

Supports Digestion: A clinical study evaluating the effect of DE111 on digestive health resulted in a significant influence on gut microflora measured prior to and after capsule consumption (5 billion CFU). Fecal samples showed an increase in the levels of B. subtilis and Bifidobacterium (good bacteria), and a slight decrease in levels of E. coli (bad bacteria). DE111 was also able to maintain healthy levels of cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, indicating that DE111 supports the normal breakdown of complex carbohydrates, sugars and fats.

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Probiotic Complex

Probiotics are live microorganisms which can be supplemented to help maintain intestinal health.

Probiotic Complex Capsules Benefits

  • Supports healthy intestinal flora 
  • Mood support 
  • Immune system support 

Probiotic Complex Capsules Mode of Action

The human gastrointestinal system contains over 500 species of bacteria which help digest, distribute nutrients, and play a large role in the immune system.  This system is referred to as a microbiome.  The bacteria present in human intestines weight up to 2.2 pounds and there are ten times as many bacterial cells as human cells in the body (1).

The gut microbiome and the central nervous system, enteric nervous system, sympathetic and parasympathetic arms of the autonomic nervous system, neuroimmune, and neuroendocrine systems form what is referred to as the “gut-brain axis”.  It is a reflex network for signaling from the gut to the nervous systems and directly to the brain.  Brain signals affect sensory, motor, and secretory functions of the gastrointestinal tract, and vice versa.  Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotic formulations produce a neurochemical calming effect on the central nervous system (2).

Imbalances and changes can occur in the microbiome due to dietary habits, medications, and disease processes which can alter the gut microbiome (3).

When probiotics are taken orally, they attach to the mucosa of the intestine and prevent pathogenic, or disease-causing (so-called “bad” gut flora), bacteria from attaching to the epithelial layer of the intestine.  Beneficial bacteria, like those found in probiotics, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, produce acetic acid, lactic acid, and propionic acid.  These acids lower the pH of the intestine and thus prevent the growth of “bad” bacteria (4).  Bacterial fermentation occurs at all times, and up to 10% of a human’s daily energy needs can be sustained from the byproducts of bacterial fermentation (1).

Probiotics have the ability to produce other inhibitory compounds, such as bacteriocins and short chain fatty acids; producing fatty acids, vitamins, and sugars which promote the growth of beneficial supplemental microbes; and by launching immune system responses against targeted microbes.  Probiotics influence which bacteria are abundant by stimulating mucin production, downregulating gut inflammation, and reinforcing barrier effects of the gut—all of which inhibit attachment of the microbes to the intestinal epithelium.  Larger numbers of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus have been linked to many health benefits (5).

After events which disturb the natural balance, such as toxins or antibiotics, re-establishing healthy numbers of beneficial bacteria will promote a faster recovery to the intestinal microbiome after the disturbance is complete.  In order to achieve the best results, probiotics should be consumed after the disturbance as well (5).

The role of the gut microbiome and the immune system is complex.  The immunologic barrier creates a stabilization effect in the gut for the intestine through immunoglobulin A (6).  Probiotics compete with pathogens to adhere to the intestinal epithelial layer and have demonstrated the ability to enhance immunity and regulate the inflammation caused by pathogens in receptor-specific signaling pathways. Regulating the signal pathways and gene expression in the body’s host cells enable immunomodulation and immune system support (7).

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Probiotic Supplement with Organic Prebiotic, Acidophilus Probiotic; 30 Capsules

60 BILLION CFUs MAX STRENGTH: Our probiotic actually contains 60 BILLION CFUs per serving. Other brands claim it, but beware of deception. Some products say “equivalent to” or do not state an amount of CFUs. We saw a need for high-quality supplements that actually work and stand by their claims. Our most popular probiotic brings you exactly what’s on the label with 10 probiotic strains

  • PROBIOTICS and ORGANIC PREBIOTICS: Our DOCTOR-APPROVED probiotics are made with prebiotics and probiotics based on clinical research. A complete probiotic supplement for ultimate digestive health. Made with 10 probiotic strains & premium grade professional grade NON-GMO ingredients. Shelf-stable vegan probiotics with NO: unnecessary binders, soy, gluten, milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, shellfish or preservatives.
  • NATURALLY INSPIRED PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT: Contains 10 strains plus a PATENTED SHELF-STABLE bottle which ensures product stability. Our probiotic daily blend plus organic prebiotic fiber blend naturally helps to support the stomach’s digestive environment and supports the natural stomach balance. Great for gut health, and occasional gas relief, bloating relief, constipation, leaky gut, digestive health, weight loss, immune system and intestinal health.
  • BEST PROBIOTICS FOR ADULTS: Our prebiotics and probiotics are effective and intended for use by adults. Acidophilus probiotic with prebiotic including 10 strains: Lactobacillus acidophilus (La-14), Lactobacillus casei (Lc-11), Lactobacillus paracasei (Lpc-37), Lactobacillus salivarius (Ls-33), Lactobacillus plantarum (Lp-115), Bifidobacterium lactis (Bl-04), Bifidobacterium bifidum (Bb-02), Bifidobacterium longum (Bl-05), Bifidobacterium breve (Bb-03), Lactobacillus bulgaricus (Lb-87).
  • SAFETY ASSURED STANDARD OF QUALITY: Our 60 Billion Probiotic is 3rd-party tested for purity and potency. Each bottle is manufactured in the USA using imported and domestic ingredients. Our probiotics are made for women and men. They contain 60 Billion CFUs at the time of manufacturing, more than the usual 50 Billion CFU, plus our standard organic prebiotic blend!
  • Surviving the Probiotic Journey
  • Delayed-Release Acid-Resistant Pills
  • Protection from the harsh, acidic environment in your stomach to get to the digestive tract
  • Success is a Numbers Game
  • 60 Billion CFUs
  • Higher CFUs means more chances for the probiotics to colonize your gut
  • Protection from Light and Oxygen
  • Shelf-Stable Bottle
  • No refrigeration required with the patented protective bottle that keeps the organisms alive longer!

Safety Information
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. DO NOT USE IF SAFETY SEAL IS DAMAGED OR MISSING. STORE IN A COOL, DRY PLACE. Do not exceed recommended dose. Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under the age of 18 and individual with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using this or any other dietary supplement. Do not take this supplement if you are allergic to any of the listed ingredients. May adversely affect existing medical conditions, including but not limited to: G.E.R.D., IBS, Stomach Ulcer(s), asthma. Please note: Probiotics 60 Billion CFU may temporarily cause heartburn, gas, upset stomach, stomach cramps, stomach pain (hurt stomach), irritated stomach, burning stomach, acid reflux, bloating, constipation, increased chest congestion/mucus, insomnia, inflammation, fatigue, make your brain not feel right, nose bleeds, agitation, headaches, nausea, diarrhea (liquid stools, burning bowel movements, runs), intestinal issues, dry mouth, rash, itching, hives, dizziness, swollen tongue, vomiting, heart palpitations, fast heartbeat, unexpected issues or sickness. These possible side effects are rare and will vary from one person to another in occurrence and severity. If for any reason you experience any adverse effects, immediately discontinue use of the product and consult with your doctor. Do not use if seal is missing or broken. Keep Out Of Reach of Children and Pets.

Ingredients
Lactobacillus casei (Lc-11), Lactobacillus acidophilus (La-14), Lactobacillus paracasei (LPC-37), Lactobacillus Salivarius (Ls-33), Lactobacillus plantarum (Lp-115), Bifidobacterium lactis (Bl-04), Bifidobacterium bifidum (Bb-02), Bifidobacterium longum (Bl-05), Bifidobacterium breve, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus (Lb-87), Jerusalem Artichoke Root (Organic), Gum Arabic tree exudate from stem and branches (Organic), Fibergum Bio Chicory Root powder (Cichorium intybus) (Organic), Vegetable capsule (Hydroxylpropyl methylcellulose and water), Maltodextrin (Rice), L-Leucine (natural)

Directions
As a dietary supplement, take one (1) veggie probiotic capsule once daily. Because our probiotic uses delayed release capsules, do not chew or crush. Our capsules help ensure the active probiotic strains reach your intestinal tract.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Discontinue use immediately if any allergic or other adverse reaction occurs. Actual product packaging and materials may contain more and different information than what is shown on this website. We recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product.

Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

Women's Health* Shelf-Stable Probiotics

Helps support gut microflora and urinary tract health*

Our uniquely curated probiotic strains help build your foundation to good health.* That’s why we offer MegaFood Women’s Health* Shelf-Stable Probiotics. While you’re out running the world, a mighty dose of CRAN d’OrTM helps support a healthy urinary tract, while 14 acid-resistant probiotic strains and 50 Billion CFU of live bacteria support gut health and promote good health.* Just like all our supplements, this product is certified glyphosate residue free! And, these shelf-stable probiotics don’t need refrigeration, so you can take them on the go.

  • Helps support gut microflora and urinary tract health*
  • 14 acid-resistant probiotic strains*
  • 50 Billion CFU of live bacteria at expiration*
  • Supports gut health*
  • CRAN d’OrTM to help support a healthy urinary tract*
  • Our unique probiotic strains help build your foundation to good health*

This product includes a broad spectrum of health-supporting probiotics.* Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

We believe that the most nutritious food comes from healthy soils and valued farmers. Our goal is to work with farmers who share our commitment to organic and regenerative agriculture.

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Menopause Probiotic for Sleep and Anxiety

MenoChill™ is doctor-formulated to provide relief from hot flashes, support a good night’s sleep, and balance mood.*

MenoChill

During menopause, hormone changes can affect your microbiome, which may result in feelings of anxiety and moodiness, and sleep issues like insomnia.*Unique Blend of Probiotics and CBD


  • Maintain a balanced mood*
  • Calm anxiety*
  • Improve sleep*
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes & night sweats*
  • Pure ultra spectrum hemp oil extract
  • 10+ mg of full spectrum cannabinoids
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NewRhythm Probiotics 50 Billion CFU 20 Strains, 60 Veggie Capsules

50 BILLION 20 STRAINS TARGETED RELEASE FORMULA NewRhythm 50 Billion Probiotics Capsules is Scientifically Backed Proven, Formulated by Doctor with 50 Billion Living Organisms Per Serving, Featuring Targeted Release Technology to Help Probiotics Survive Stomach Acids and Reach Your Intestinal Track. Prebiotics Fiber is also Included In the Formula.

  • POTENT AND PURE FOR YOUR DIGESTIVE HEALTH AND IMMUNE HEALTH*¡ï Our All Natural Probiotics Provides Support For the Establishment and Maintenance of Favorable Intestinal Flora. Gives You Powerful Support for Healthy Digestion and Balanced Intestinal Ecology. Our Products are Shelf Stable that Does NOT Require Refrigeration
  • 100% NATURAL, NON-GMO, GLUTEN FREE NewRhythm 50 Billion Probiotics is Formulated with 100% Natural Ingredients and Independently Tested in 3rd Party Labs in USA. Our Turmeric Supplement is Verified NON-GMO, Gluten Free and Verified Free of Sugar, Soy, Yeast, Egg, Wheat, Corn, Peanuts, Fish, Shellfish, Magnesium Stearate, Artificial Ingredients, Fillers, Binders, Preservatives.
  • 100% SATISFACTION OR 100% MONEY BACK, GUARANTEED. We stand behind our products with confidence. If in anyway you are not completely satisfied with our products, please let us know in 30 days, we will give you 100% money back.NewRhythm Probiotics 50 Billion CFU is formulated with 20 most human probiotic strains. It’s scientifically proven to survive harsh stomach acids and reach your intestinal tract, where they exert their greatest benefits.
    Organic Prebiotic Fiber is designed to aid in the maintenance of probiotic activity in the intestine. This superior probiotic has been professionally formulated, handled and tested to ensure maximum stability and full labeled potency.
    What are the key benefits of NewRhythm? Probiotic 50 Billion CFU?
    ¡ô Support For Digestive & Intestinal Health*
    ¡ô Supports Healthy Immune Function*
    ¡ô Maintain Intestinal Microflora Balance*
    Promotes the Healthy Functioning of the Intestinal System*
    Probiotics are live friendly¡± microorganisms similar to those found in the body Taking probiotics can replenish the supply in your intestines of good bacteria, which may become depleted due to poor diet, medication, health concerns and aging.*

    Why choose NewRhythm Probiotics?
    ? Delivers 20 different strains and 50 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of viable probiotics per two-capsule serving
    ? Survives Stomach Acid and Intestinal Bile
    ? Targeted Release Technology
    Arrive Alive Potency Promise
    Includes Prebiotics Fiber
    Exceptional quality at a good price
    100% Natural
    100% Vegetarian
    NON-GMO
    Gluten Free
    Quality, Purity, Potency Guaranteed
    Contains NO Milk, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Tree nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soy, Corn, Gluten, Salt, Sugar, Yeast, Fillers, Magnesium Stearate or Preservatives.
    Made in the USA in an GMP Certified Facility
    Tested and Approved Independently by 3rd Party Labs
    Note: Please keep it in a cool, dry place.

Safety Information
In rare cases, some people may experience stomach upset due to Probiotics Cleansing Effect. This is positive sign as high potency probiotics removing waste or toxic substances from body. To avoid reaction, it’s recommended to start with less dosage and slowly increase.

Indications
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

Ingredients
L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. crispatus, L. plantarum, L. paracasei, L. bulgaricus, L. reuteri, L. casei, L. salivarius, L. helveticus, L. gasseri, B. lactis, Pediococcus pentosaceus, B. breve, B. adolescentis, B. infantis, B. longum, Lactococcus lactis, Pediococcus acidilactici, Streptococcus thermophiles.

Directions
Take 2 Vegetarian Capsules with or without food.

Legal Disclaimer
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

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Previlli™ Capsules

Instructions for use

As a dietary supplement for adults, take three capsules daily, preferably with a meal, or as recommended by your healthcare professional.

Experience the Power of Previlli

  • Balances digestion and banishes bloating*
  • Increases energy and vitality*
  • Improves mental sharpness and focus*
  • Promotes a healthy metabolism*
  • Supports a healthy immune system*

Feel better fast, and for good. Unlike just taking a probiotic, which introduces beneficial bacteria to your system in the hopes that they’ll survive, Previlli actually reinforces the structure of your gut itself, creating a happy home for good bacteria to thrive while crowding out the bad. 100% vegetarian and free from artificial additives, allergens. Made in the U.S.A.

Fast Results

Works quickly to balance your digestive function, alleviating bloating, abdominal discomfort and gas, while helping to keep you regular.*

 

Long-Term Benefits

Gradually builds a healthy gut structure over time, boosting your energy, immune resistance, and mood.*

 

Lifetime Health Rewards

Lays the foundation for excellent gut health that in turn supports overall well-being and healthy aging—the benefits just keep getting better and better!*

Benefits of taking probiotics

Not all probiotics are the same. Different strains of the bacteria have different effects. For example, one strain may fight against cavity-causing organisms in our mouths and don’t need to survive a trip through our guts.

Research has been promising for these friendly critters. Potential benefits of probiotics have been seen in the treatment or prevention of

  • diarrhea
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • H. pylori (the cause of ulcers)
  • vaginal infections
  • urinary tract infections
  • recurrence of bladder cancer
  • infection of the digestive tract caused by Clostridium difficile
  • pouchitis (a possible side effect of surgery that removes the colon)
  • eczema in children.

Probiotics and gut health

The best case for probiotic therapy has been in the treatment of diarrhea. Controlled trials have shown that Lactobacillus GG can shorten the course of infectious diarrhea in infants and children (but not adults). Although studies are limited and data are inconsistent, two large reviews, taken together, suggest that probiotics reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 60%, when compared with a placebo.

More common than diarrhea is the opposite problem — constipation. In a search for studies on the benefits of probiotics in treating constipation, researchers found that probiotics slowed “gut transit time” by 12.4 hours, increases the number of weekly bowel movements by 1.3, and helped to soften stools, making them easier to pass. But the jury is still out on specific recommendations when it comes to the benefits of probiotics for constipation.

Probiotic therapy may also help people with Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Clinical trial results are mixed, but several small studies suggest that certain probiotics may help maintain remission of ulcerative colitis and prevent relapse of Crohn’s disease and the recurrence of pouchitis (a complication of surgery to treat ulcerative colitis). Because these disorders are so frustrating to treat, many people are giving probiotics a try before all the evidence is in for the particular strains they’re using. More research is needed to find out which strains work best for what conditions.

Probiotics and vaginal health

Probiotics may also be of use in maintaining urogenital health. Like the intestinal tract, the vagina is a finely balanced ecosystem. The dominant Lactobacilli strains normally make it too acidic for harmful microorganisms to survive. But the system can be thrown out of balance by a number of factors, including antibiotics, spermicides, and birth control pills. Probiotic treatment that restores the balance of microflora may be helpful for such common female urogenital problems as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and urinary tract infection.

Many women eat yogurt or insert it into the vagina to treat recurring yeast infections, a “folk” remedy for which medical science offers limited support. Oral and vaginal administration of Lactobacilli may help in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, although there isn’t enough evidence yet to recommend it over conventional approaches. (Vaginosis must be treated because it creates a risk for pregnancy-related complications and pelvic inflammatory disease.) Probiotic treatment of urinary tract infections is under study.

Probiotics are generally considered safe — they’re already present in a normal digestive system — although there’s a theoretical risk for people with impaired immune function. Be sure the ingredients are clearly marked on the label and familiar to you or your health provider. There’s no way to judge the safety of unidentified mixtures.

Probiotics supplements

In the United States, most probiotics are sold as dietary supplements, which do not undergo the testing and approval process that drugs do. Manufacturers are responsible for making sure they’re safe before they’re marketed and that any claims made on the label are true. But there’s no guarantee that the types of bacteria listed on a label are effective for the condition you’re taking them for. Health benefits are strain-specific, and not all strains are necessarily useful, so you may want to consult a practitioner familiar with probiotics to discuss your options. As always, let your primary care provider know what you’re doing.

Probiotic Supplements

upplement to keep your digestive tract in balance, or have a specific health concern and are looking for targeted support, we’ve got great options to choose from.*

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