Can 4 million Americans be onto something? That’s the number of adults who consume probiotics from food sources and supplements. Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms that survive the digestive process to confer a health benefit to its host – that’s us. Over 100 years ago, a Russian scientist observed that eating fermented foods might be associated with wellbeing and longevity. While the study of probiotics continues to evolve into higher understanding, the premise is, a healthy gut (aka GI tract) is the key to a healthy body.
The human body is filled with trillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes. Of these, it’s estimated 10,000 species are living bacteria. Aging, our lifestyle choices, reaction to stress, use of antibiotics, and consumption of processed foods all influence how effectively the GI tract works.
As a predictor of overall health, an out-of-balance microbiome can cause problems ranging from mild and annoying digestion issues to severe and life-threatening chronic disease. A healthy gut fights off pathogens and disease-causing bacteria, balances mood, and supports bowel function and regularity.
Two of the most beneficial and complementary GI bacteria are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Lactobacillus creates short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that feed cells, is used to make dairy products, and have a high tolerance for low pH conditions, so they survive in the GI system. There are over 170 different known strains of Lactobacillus including the familiar L.acidophilus. This occurs naturally in kefir, many fermented foods, and are added to yogurt and other dairy foods.
Bifidobacterium offers a trio of essential benefits:
This strain of good bacteria develops and dominates in newborns’ intestines. Their initial role is to digest healthy sugars in mother’s breast milk which enables babies to grow. By adulthood, bifidobacterium comprises less than 10 percent of the microbiome. Studies have shown a direct relationship between various health issues and low levels of this bacterium in the gut.
By age 50, our body strives to shift back to a Bifidobacterium-rich GI tract. Take steps to nourish your gut:
The Japanese have studied Bifidobacterium longum, successfully isolating and clinically examining its benefits for some time. What resulted was the development of a proprietary probiotic strain named Morinaga BB536. This is a stable and effective prime ingredient of QOL ProbioPure™. ProbioPure’s formula has been shown in human clinical studies to offer relief from occasional constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion.* Additionally, it has been shown to help promote daily regularity.*
What differentiates Morinaga BB536 from other probiotic supplements?
Bifidobacterium is believed essential in supporting life-long wellness. This probiotic can improve the number of good bacteria in the GI tract, reduce digestive discomfort, boost the immune system, and even help support memory recall and bone health.* Aging well with grace and good health seems like a worthwhile goal.
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