Gastrointestinal & Hepatic(liver) health

Gastrointestinal Health:

The primary function of the human gastrointestinal tract has long been considered as digestion and absorption of nutrients and excretion of waste end products. In recent years, however it has become accepted that the gastrointestinal tract fulfills many other functions, which are essential to our well-being.

The balance of microorganisms in the gut plays an important role the health of the digestive system and immune function.

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that have multiple benefits, including protecting the lining and integrity of our digestive tract while preventing the adhesion and growth of harmful pathogens.

Research has shown potential benefits for the use of probiotics for infectious diarrhea, antibiotic-associated diarrhea, gut transit, IBS, abdominal pain and bloating, ulcerative colitis, Helicobacter pylori infection, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and necrotizing enterocolitis.

Factors alter the balance of normal intestinal microflora:

  • Change of diet → causes more intestinal fermentation
  • Reduction in prebiotic substrates → reduction in the number of Bifidobacteria
  • Administration of antibiotics → alteration of the intestinal ecosystem
  • Infection by pathogenic Cl. difficile or E. coli → alteration of the natural population of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria
  • Aging → decrease in the population of anaerobic bacteria, especially Bifidobacteria; increase in Enterobacteriaceae and Clostridia

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Dysbiosis:
Constipation, Flatulence, Diarrhea, Bloating, Abdominal pain, Cramping, Irregular stools, Bad breath, Food allergies, Dermatitis.

Probiotic Combinations expand the scope of pharmacological actions: Food Research International; June 2007 reported that probiotic combinations could increase the beneficial health effects as compared with individual strains. These results suggest that combinations of probiotics strains is synergetic and more effective in inhibition of pathogen adhesion.

What is CFU?

CFU stands for “colony forming unit” that tell you how many good microbes you are getting.  It is a measure of how many bacteria or yeasts are able to divide and form colonies

How much do I need it in a day?

From CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS, Oct. 2003, Potential Uses of Probiotics in Clinical Practice indicates:

  • General good health: 10 to 20 billion CFU each day.
  • Specific minor health problem : 30 to 50 billion CFU
  • Acute or more serious conditions: up to 450 billion CFU
Probiotic Bioavailability:

Food in our gut is digested by both gastric juice and bile salts. To be effective, Probiotics must survive the passage through the acidic environment in the stomach in order to provide health benefits.

Probiotics 50B® is manufactured with a unique patented tri-layered micro-encapsulation enteric formulation that guarantees survival of high concentration of live probiotics with no refrigeration required.

Gastrointestinal diseases refer to diseases involving the gastrointestinal tract, namely the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum, and the accessory organs of digestion, the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

Hepatitis refers to inflammation of liver tissue, and may be acute or chronic. Liver disease may be a result of lifestyle factors, such as Fatty liver and NASH. Alcoholic liver disease may also develop as a result of chronic alcohol use, which may also cause Alcoholic hepatitis. Liver disease may also cause by viral infection: such as Hepatitis A, B and C.  Cirrhosis may develop as a result of chronic hepatic fibrosis in a chronically inflamed liver, such as one affected by alcohol or viral hepatitis.

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