Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts (flora) that live in your intestines (gut). They are good for your overall health, especially your digestive and immune systems. According to nutrition and immune expert Simin Meydani, DVM, PhD, director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and the Nutritional Immunology Laboratory at Tufts University, 'The gut is the largest immune organ in the body, accounting for 25% of the immune cells in the body that provide 50% of the body's immune response. There are hundreds of species of bacteria residing in the gut, and they have symbiotic relationships with your body.' Meydani called the gut flora 'the forgotten body organ' because of its vital yet underappreciated health functions.
'Factors negatively influencing the intestinal flora include an unbalanced diet, stress, fatigue, aging, antibiotic therapy, and bacteria-contaminated food,' said Haruji Sawada, director of the Yakult Central Institute, at the Yakult International Nutrition and Health Conference in Tokyo . â€œThese conditions increase the levels of harmful bacteria in the intestines.â€
Intestinal bacteria are separated into â€˜goodâ€™ and â€˜badâ€™ categories. Good bacteria, such as Bifidobacteria or Lactobacilli (several strains of each are both in MegaBalance), help maintain health by resisting bad bacteria and harmful substances and aiding digestion and nutrient absorption. Bad bacteria such as Enterobacteria (examples are E. coli and Salmonella) take advantage of certain conditions to cause disease. And bad bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Clostridium cause disease because they produce toxins. Therefore it is important to maintain a sufficient amount of good bacteria in your gut. This can be accomplished by eating foods that contain probiotics (many types of yogurts) or taking probiotic supplements.
When looking for a probiotic supplement, most experts suggest a probiotic that has a range between 3-50 billion CFUs that contains a minimum of seven different strains. The lower end of the range, 3 billion CFUs, is what would be generally referred to as a daily maintenance product. This potency would be well suited for a person with an otherwise healthy digestive system that needs to replenish the probiotics lost daily due to modern living and are often taken with each meal. Higher potencies are often recommended for those with digestive issues, who have been on antibiotics, have weak immune systems, limited or poor diets, or are recommended to take them by their health care professional. These are most often taken once a day with the largest meal.
ProBalance delivers a well varied 7 strain of 5.75 billion CFUs per veggie capsule as a non-GMO formula. Additionally the balance mix of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria ensures you are supporting both your large and small intestine. But, perhaps the most important ingredient in ProBalance is the DE111 (Bacillus subtilis probiotic strain). This probiotic strain is trademarked through Deerland Enzymes. Their partnership with Cornell University, made it possible for DE111 to be fully sequenced for safety and has been uploaded to GenBank, the National Institutes of Health genetic sequence database. DE111 has been clinically studied and has shown the ability to support a healthy gut microflora by controlling microbial populations as well as support digestion and maintain general health. It also demonstrated the ability to crowd out E. coli and other bacterial pathogens, allowing for a proliferation of beneficial bacteria. DE111 also supports the normal breakdown of complex carbohydrates and fats, promoting proper digestion and nutrient absorption.
This well balanced combination of 5.75 billion/7 strain probiotics, including the clinically proven DE111, encapsulated in a veggie cap and a Non-GMO formula makes ProBalance an excellent choice.
As with all over-the- counter products it is best to discuss their use with your primary health care provider. Should you, with guidance from your health care provider decide that supplementing with probiotics would be beneficial for your health, we hope you consider ProBalance.