Benefits of Friendly Bacteria
Friday, July 1st 2005
The purpose of friendly bacteria
The first sign of acidophilus and other friendly bacterial being "killed-off" can be oral or vaginal thrush, yeast infections such as Candida, bloating and chronic flatulence or a persistent nappy rash in babies. Later, malabsorption of minerals and a lack of B vitamins might present themselves. These symptoms could then include anaemia, low energy, muscle spasms and a weakened immune system.
It is important to understand the purpose of acidophilus or probiotics as the group of friendly bacteria are called.
Problems with Yoghurt
In order to restore these friendly micro-organisms to the intestinal tract and help prevent further infections it is often recommended that people take acidophilus yoghurt. But don't rely on yoghurt to contain sufficient live bacteria in significant numbers as yoghurt is a food. The only way to be sure you are getting the right bacteria in the right numbers and in the right place is to use supplements. Beyond replacing the good bacteria that antibiotics destroy, these natural supplements contain live bacteria that compete with disease causing organisms and can have far-reaching positive benefits for immunity and health.
Benefits of Friendly Bacteria
Help overcome vaginitis, urethritis, cyctitis, candida albicans and staphylococcus
Help reduce cholesterol
Produce bacteriocins that control disease-causing organisms
Alleviate constipation and diarrhea, especially if caused by antibiotic use
Prevent and reduce the severity of dysentery when traveling in other countries
Help the body digest lactose
Improve absorption of food and minerals
Possibly reduce risk of ulcers and colon cancer
Help irritable bowel disease, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease
Results from Reuteri bacteria
Clinical trials are supporting stronger and clearer health claims for products containing Reuteri bacteria. The researchers found that people taking Reuteri supplements had less sick days than those on a placebo. Customers are increasingly claiming that Reuteri products strengthen the immune system rather than merely being good for gut health. This claim is supported by two clinical trials, one carried out on infants and another, as yet unpublished, involving adults.
Select the right product for your age group:
(high potency powder) for new born babies and up to 5 years of age. Children have low acidity in the stomach and this helps friendly bacteria survive through to the intestines.
For people between 12 and 45 years of age
Primadophilus for Kids
For people over 45 years of age and pregnant women
Primadophilus Reuteri Capsules
Specific for travellers digestive problems.
Primadophilus Reuteri Powder
Specific for travellers digestive problems as well as childrens common digestive problems.
Reproduced unabridged from the July - Septempber 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for intestinal health and balance
DigestAid HCI + Pepsin
Inner Health Plus Dairy Free Capsules
Inner Health Plus
Inner Health Candex
Inner Health for Kids
Immune Booster for Kids
Internal Cleansing Program
Related health information can be found here:
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Repair gastrointestinal damage with Colostrum
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Probiotic Update - Reuteri
Winning the battle with candida & chronic fatigue syndrome
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