XBrain’s Probiotic is especially formulated with strains of beneficial bacteria to restore and maintain the intestinal bacterial ecosystem essential for a healthy digestive system. It is estimated that a healthy person has around 100 trillion symbiotic micro-organisms in their digestive tracts. Antibiotic treatment, severe diarrhoea, colon hydrotherapy can kill these ‘friendly’ bacteria, upsetting the microflora balance, and lead to bloating, diarrhoea, and the risk of infection with harmful pathogens.
The intestinal microflora performs many functions essential to optimal health. The bacteria ferment carbohydrates increasing the availability of nutrients. Colon bacteria produce vitamins such vitamin K, essential for normal blood clotting, vitamin B12, essential for normal brain and nerve function, and folic acid.
The beneficial bacteria also play an important role in protecting the digestive system from infections by strengthening the immune system, and by blocking the growth of harmful microorganisms. As well as keeping the immune system active many strains have anti-inflammatory function.
The idea that consuming probiotics improves health was first suggested in the early 20th century by the Nobel winner Elie Metchnikoff, who noticed that peasants in Bulgaria and the Russian Steppes, who consumed large amounts of fermented milk, were unusually long-lived. At the moment many studies are underway to test the evidence that probiotics can improve conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome or ulcerative colitis.
One thing that is clear from the studies is that different bacteria strains carry out different functions. This is why it is important to take a wide spectrum, multi-strain supplement.
Each capsule of Xbrain’s Probiotic contains 20 billion live bacteria. These will multiply in the digestive tract to re-establish the natural microflora balance. The formulation consists of eight strains from the Bifidobacterium, Lactotbacillus, and Streptococcus groups.
Bifidobacteria are one of the major groups that colonise the human gastrointestinal tract. Bifidobacteria ferment sugars producing lactic and acetic acids, which lower the pH of the intestines, making them less hospitable to harmful bacteria.
Bifidobacterium brevis has been shown to be effective in treating functional constipation in children. It has also exhibited anti-inflammatory properties, when fed to animals. B. infantis is often suggested as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, it can relieve many of the symptoms of IBS such as bloating, constipation and abdominal pain. Bifidobacterium longum, another strain present in XBrain’s Probiotic preparation, improves lactose tolerance, and prevents diarrhoea and food allergies. It can function as an antioxidant by inhibiting the production of, and scavenging, free radicals. It can lower serum cholesterol levels, and modulates the immune system.
Lactobacillus bacteria belong to another group of enteric bacteria, found especially in the upper gastrointestinal tract. They are one of the big players in fermenting milk to produce yogurt and cheese, since they break down lactose to produce lactic acid.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of the most commonly used probiotics. It is thought to help shorten the duration of diarrhoea caused by rotavirus (stomach flu), and is also used to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhoea, or traveler’s diarrhoea. It has been shown to help reduce cholesterol, preventing coronary disease, and to help with lactose intolerance. Lactobacillus bulgaricus is the microbe that Elie Metchnikoff thought was the answer for the unusually long lifespans of Bulgarian peasants. It is one of the main bacteria used to make yogurt. It might help with lactose intolerance, and inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria.
L. casei is another Lactobacillus strain naturally found in human intestines and mouth. It has the potential to inhibit Heliobacter pylori, which causes ulcers, and in human trials was shown to be effective, in combination with other probiotics, at preventing antibiotic associated diarrhoea and Clostridium difficult infections. XBrain’s Probiotic formulation also includes Lactobacillus rhamnosus, which has also been shown to help diarrhoea, and even to prevent anxiety.
Streptococcus thermopiles is the final species present. It is another lactic acid producing bacterium and works synergistically with L. bulgaricus. S. thermopiles produces folic acid, and can help with lactose intolerance and prevent antibiotic associated diarrhoea.
The live probiotic cultures are contain in non-GMO cellulose capsules, suitable for vegetarians. When taken after antibiotic treatment or during other times when the intestinal microflora might be affected, they will soon restore the natural bacterial populations.
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