PROBIOTICS and ANTIBIOTICS
The word Probiotic literally means “for life”.
For a contrast, antibiotics literally means “against life”.
WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS?
Probiotics present a group of beneficial bacteria that play the first line of defense in your gut against harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungus.
By forming colonies on the intestinal wall the good bacteria does not allow pathogenic (harmful bacteria) to get attached to intestinal cells.
According to scientific studies:
• Probiotics can suppress the growth of gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens (1)
• Probiotics have the ability to reduce inflammation in the intestine, and to improve
systemic immune function. (1)
Probiotics produce enzymes, so vital for proper digestion. Without adequate amount of good bacteria in your gut, food is not being digested properly; it starts to rotten in your intestines causing gas, bloating and constipation. The whole GI tract becomes toxic and acidic, which allows fungus to multiply rapidly further suppressing your immune system.
The most famous 4 Super Hero’s in the World of Probiotics are:
1. Lactobacillus Acidophilus (DDS-1 OR NAS strain)
2. Bifidobacterium Bifidum (Malyoth strain)
3. Lactobacillus Bulgaricum (LB-51 strain)
4. Bifidobacterium Infantis
WHAT IS MY CHOICE FOR THE MOST EFFECTIVE PROBIOTIC ON THE MARKET?
For over 20 years, I recommend “Natren” probiotics to my patients with digestive problems such as gastritis, colitis, Crohn’s, candidiasis, Celiac disease, gluten intolerance and IBS.
Natren Inc. was the first company in the probiotic industry to be awarded GMP (Good manufacturing Practices) Certification by the International Therapeutic Goods Administration as a Drug GMP facility.
They use only super strains (example: DDS-1 and LB-51); all probiotics are bottled in dark glass bottles to block light; all products are refrigerated at all times from manufacture through shipping in special “cold” insulated containers to preserve potency of live probiotic product.
Nevertheless, I never believe a claim unless I tried the product myself.
Over the years, after using over dozen different probiotics, I was always going back to Natren’s products.
You know why? Because it works.
(1) J Clin Gastrointerol 2008;42:S111-S115