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richard, roanoke, va.
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Posted 22 May 2004 - 03:52 PM
I don't know if you have found your answer, but I was just doing some research on this myself and found this thread so I'll pass along what I found:
There are many types of intestinal flora, Acidopholous is only a type.
Probiotics (the opposite of antibiotics) can include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus delbreukii, Lactobacillus caseii, Lactobacillus caucasicus, Lactobacillus fermenti, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus helveticus, Lactobacillus leichmannii, Lactobacillus lactis, Bacillus licheniformus, Bacillus subtilis, Bifidobacteria bifidus, and Sacchromyces boulardi.
They restore balance to an autointoxicated gastrointestinal tract in a specific manner.
Here is a link with a lot of info on one brand, Primal Defense and how it was created and what it does: http://www.primaldef...oforonespd1.htm
Posted 22 May 2004 - 03:59 PM
What are the health benefits of consuming friendly bacteria?
Friendly bacteria restore intestinal balance, which results in
the prevention of adherence of unwanted microorganisms
the production of a wide array of antibacterial and antifungal compounds
improved resistance against bacteria like E.coli, Salmonella, and H. pylori
Friendly bacteria enhance immunity by:
promoting improved anti-viral immune system function
increasing NK cell activity
producing nitric oxide
modulating cell mediated immune response
activating the reticuloendothelial system
promoting a more balanced production of cytokines
promoting resistance against some autoimmune processes
evoking anti-Tn antibodies
decreasing IgE-mediated responses
enhancing immune system response to administered vaccines
mediating against radiation-induced depression in white blood cells
In many respects, friendly bacteria can be thought of as having "adaptogenic" effects on your immune system. They appear to modulate the nonspecific immune response differently in healthy and hypersensitive subjects. This is seen as an immuno-stimulatory effect in healthy subjects, and as a down-regulation of immuno-inflammatory responses in hypersensitive subjects.
Friendly Bacteria Promote Detoxification by:
inactivating and eliminating carcinogens
decreasing mutagenic compounds
decreasing activity of nitroreductase and azoreductase
decreasing activity of B-Glucuronidase
decreasing activity of B-Glucosidase
decreasing activity of ornithine decarboxylase
decreasing activity of tryptophanase
decreasing activity of neuraminidase and mucinase
decreasing levels of polyamines, cresols and indoles
decreasing levels of nitrates and nitrites
enhancing liver function and promoting elimination of bile acids
enhancing cholesterol metabolism
Friendly bacteria promote healthy digestion by
normalizing stool volume and regularity
producing digestive enzymes that help digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fibers
decreasing intestinal permeability
decreasing food sensitivities
decreasing lactose intolerance
decreasing intestinal inflammation
Friendly bacteria enhance bioavailability of nutrients by
alleviating symptoms of malabsorption
increasing the absorption of zinc, calcium, iron, copper, manganese, and phosphorous
increasing the production of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, A, K, folic acid, biotin, and tocopherols
Cultured Fruits, Vegetables, Spices, and other food substances contain
vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals which promote good health
high levels of vitamin K, tocopherols and vitamin B12
powerful antioxidant activities
excellent growth promoting substrates (e.g. act as prebiotics) for friendly bacteria
Cultured foods also allow for
ease of digestion and improved bioavailability of nutrients
increased bioavailability of compounds like isoflavones and bioflavonoids
improved amino acid and protein efficiency ratios
improved stability and retention of vitamin C levels
augmentation of some of the metabolic benefits of these foods
improvement of alcohol metabolism
promotion of improved cardiovascular health
Why should Probiotics be taken consistently?
Even using strains of friendly bacteria that have a great ability to survive digestion and colonize your digestive tract, there is a tendency for a gradual decline in the quantity of these bacteria over time. This decline is substantially worsened with stress, poor dietary choices, antibiotics and other drugs. In today's world, with all of it's modern pressures, the ability to maintain an optimal intestinal microbial balance is almost always taxed. It has also actually been estimated that we consume 1 million times LESS healthy bacteria in our diet today than are ancient ancestors consumed.
Why do we combine so many strains of good bacteria?
It is simple really, friendly bacteria work better when more of them are combined together. There are actually hundreds of strains of bacteria in your digestive system and the friendly bacteria actually operate as a team, promoting the beneficial effects of each other. The term "Synergism" best describes the interrelationship of friendly bacteria. They mutually support each other by producing bacteriocidins and organic acids that they are resistant to, but which decrease pathogenic bacteria. In fact, these bacteriocidins are up to 1000X more active when combined then when they are isolated. But even more importantly, health effects of one strain of friendly bacteria are often not duplicated by other strains. So a more complex mixture, combining more friendly strains of bacteria, translates into more profound long-term health benefits.
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