Friendly bac­te­ria for your gut

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PRO­BI­OTICS, as de­fined by the United Na­tions of Food and Agri­cul­ture (FAO) and the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), are live micro­organ­isms which, when ad­min­is­tered in ad­e­quate amounts, con­fer health benefits on the host.

The in­ter­est in pro­bi­otics has been grow­ing these past few years due to its po­ten­tial health benefits on hu­man.

Var­i­ous stud­ies have demon­strated that pro­bi­otics may pos­i­tively change the in­testi­nal flora, in­hibit the growth of bad bac­te­ria (path­o­genic), pro­mote bet­ter di­ges­tion, en­hance im­mune func­tion as well as al­le­vi­ate stom­ach up­set.

Choos­ing the right pro­bi­otics

Nowa­days, it is so easy for con­sumers to get pro­bi­otics sup­ple­ment from phar­ma­cies. How­ever, how do we know if we are tak­ing the right pro­bi­otics that truly ben­e­fit our guts?

Ac­cord­ing to Ex­pert Panel of the United Na­tions and World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), a pro­bi­otic should meet the cri­te­ria be­low to be truly termed as “pro­bi­otic”. These cri­te­ria in­clude

> Clin­i­cally iden­ti­fied strains (e.g. L. aci­dophilus Rosell-52) > Safety as­sess­ment > Clin­i­cal ef­fi­cacy ev­i­dence > Shelf sta­ble for­mu­la­tion De­ter­mi­na­tion and con­fir­ma­tion of strain iden­tity is the key. Many con­sumers may not be aware that the benefits and prop­er­ties of cer­tain pro­bi­otics are strain-spe­cific

For ex­am­ple, gen­eral L. aci­dophilus may not work the same as L. aci­dophilus Rosell52. There­fore, a clin­i­cally iden­ti­fied pro­bi­otic strain is a must be­cause this as­sures con­sumers of the safety and qual­ity of this par­tic­u­lar

strain of pro­bi­otics.

Are your pro­bi­otics get­ting through?

Be­sides pro­bi­otic strains, it is also cru­cial to choose pro­bi­otics that are able to with­stand gas­tric acid, bile acid and at­tach strongly to your in­testi­nal lin­ing to ex­ert ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects. How­ever, it would be dif­fi­cult for cer­tain pro­bi­otics to get through these “harsh en­vi­ron­ment” with­out proper tech­nol­ogy.

Hence, the ex­perts have pro­vided us the so­lu­tion – Pro­bio­cap Mi­croen­cap­su­la­tion Tech­nol­ogy. This tech­nol­ogy pro­tects pro­bi­otics in harsh con­di­tions such as gas­tric acid­ity, com­pres­sion as well as ther­mal shock up to 50°C, thus en­sur­ing bet­ter sur­vival rate of pro­bi­otics dur­ing the in­testi­nal tran­sit and its qual­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to a sci­en­tific study, mi­croen­cap­su­lated pro­bi­otics are five times more ef­fi­cient than the same un­coated strains in terms of gut coloni­sa­tion and amount of bac­te­ria de­tected in fae­ces( The sur­vival of pro­bi­otics is of ut­most im­por­tance be­cause only live

pro­bi­otics con­fer health benefits.

Biogrow Pro­bi­otics

Biogrow Pro­bi­otics pro­vides sta­ble mi­croen­cap­su­lated strains made from patented Pro­bio­cap Mi­croen­cap­su­la­tion Tech­nol­ogy from In­sti­tute Rosell-Lalle­mand, Canada, that en­sures the pro­bi­otics are heat-proof up to 50°C, re­sis­tant to gas­tric acid and bile acid and have a higher sur­vival rate.

It con­sists of three dif­fer­ent strains (L. aci­dophilus Rosell-52, L. rham­no­sus Rosell11 and B. longum Rosell-175). Each strain is sup­ported by sci­en­tific stud­ies to en­sure con­sumers get the right pro­bi­otics that is truly safe and ben­e­fi­cial for their gut.

Biogrow Pro­bi­otics is avail­able at all lead­ing phar­ma­cies. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-7628 8831/03-7956 2220 or log on to

This ar­ti­cle is con­trib­uted by Sum­mit Com­pany (M) Sdn Bhd. (KKLIU 1704/2012/ ABCI)

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One way to boost our good bac­te­ria count is by tak­ing pro­bi­otics with our food or as sup­ple­ments.

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