Friendly bacteria for your gut
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 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 www.biogrow.com.my
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.