What you need to look for in probiotics that you take for better digestion is whether the seven probiotic bacteria shown by clinical studies to help are missing or present in your probiotic product. You want to be sure that your stomach acid isn’t destroying the cultures in your probiotics. You need to know what else in addition to acidophilus you need to take that won’t be destroyed by stomach acid.
If the cultures from your probiotics don’t make it through your stomach acid to where the problem is in your digestive system, it may not do enough good to help your digestive issues. What you need to look for in a probiotic product is the actual scientific evidence behind it.
You need to check with the various studies to see whether your probiotic product has the seven types of probiotic cultures in the product. What to look for are the new strains of probiotics that are tough enough to be proven in clinical studies to help with digestive symptoms such as bloating, as, irregularity, and constipation.
The most powerful probiotics
The most powerful probiotics include cultures such as L. plantarum, L. fermentum, and L. rhamnosus in addition to the usual acidophilus and thermopilus and any other culture that stands up to stomach acids. There’s actually seven types of probiotics that you need to look for in one product or in food pairing.
You find these types of cultures in naturally fermented sauerkraut as these types of food also have a type of lactic acid that has some healing power. The big problem with many probiotics such as eating a cup of yogurt is that your stomach acid soon destroys the cultures in the kefir or yogurt.
The seven important probiotic cultures are L. fermentum, L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, B. bifidum, and B. longum.
Various products if they contain these seven types of super probiotic cultures often add fructooligosaccharides (FOS). The probiotics may also contain milk protein in trace amounts. But if you’re lactose intolerant, there’s not enough milk to really cause much trouble, for most people.
You’d have to test out your reaction to probiotics based on what they contain regarding any trace amounts of milk. Another alternative might be spirulina for acid reflux or sauerkraut, but that’s between you and your health care team based on your stomach issues. Probiotics are used as digestive aids for your G.I. tract.
You should know that L. plantarum produces hydrogen peroxide. B. longum is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties as well as helps your immune system somewhat. B. bifidum helps you digest dairy products and complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It’s also used to get rid of molds, yests, and various bacteria that once in a while cause simple diarrhea.
L. rhamnosus is of help somewhat when traveling to places with unfamiliar water or food. L. salivarius fights bad bacteria in places other probiotics can’t reach most of the time. Some probiotic products add FOS to enhance the other cultures by nourishing the cultures of so-called ‘good’ bacteria that’s in your digestive system. FOS feeds the good bacteria but not the ‘bad’ bacteria. What a probiotic does is help break down your food. The probiotics break down the dairy, protein, fats, and complex carbohydrates.
Sacramento and Davis scientists at U.C. Davis study probiotics as personalized medicine
In the Sacramento and Davis regional areas, UC Davis has been studying probiotics as the future of preventative and even personalized medicine. See the UC Davis article, UC Davis: Prized Writing : Probiotics: the future of preventative Medicine.
Sacramento consumers with ulcers have been looking for help for decades to end the H. pylori bacteria that causes uclers. Sacramento supermarkets sell a wide variety of probiotic cultured milks from goat’s or cow’s milk, from coconut ‘milk’ and from soy. You can buy probiotics in Sacramento’s health food store ‘coolers,’ but have they really helped heal ulcers?
Some communities use pine nut oil for help with digestion
The Slavic community in Sacramento sometimes turns to Siberian pine nut oil, an ancient remedy sometimes used in Russia, Siberia, and China as folkloric medicine to help ulcers heal by attacking the pylori. See the article, Extra virgin pine nut oil improves metabolism and aids digestion. And check out, Heal peptic ulcers naturally. But what is the newest approach to treat ulcers? It’s a new probiotic. Check out the February 24, 2011 article, “Probiotic identified to treat ulcers.” It’s about using a certain type of bacteria, a probiotic culture, to fight another type of bacteria.
According to a February 24, 2011 news release bsed on a study from the American Society for Microbiology , “Probiotic identified to treat ulcers,” researchers from Spain have identified a strain of probiotic bacteria that may be useful in treating ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori. They report their findings in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
“H. pylori is considered one of the major risk factors underlying the development of gastritis and gastric and duodenal ulcers,” write the researchers, according to the study. “Currently, antibiotic-based treatment for H. pylori infection is neither sufficient nor satisfactory, with the most successful treatments reaching 75 to 90% eradication rates. The use of probiotics is a potentially promising tool to prevent H. pylori.”
According to an expert consultation conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization probiotics are “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host.” The regular intake of probiotic microoganisms has been demonstrated to prevent several disorders including diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease, according to the news release.
Bifidobacterium, use din fermented dairy products often is studied for its possible ability to help prevent gastrointestinal infection
Among probiotics Bifidobacterium is one of the favorite genera in studies focused on the prevention of gastrointestinal infection and is often used in fermented dairy products or food supplements. Some studies have been done in vitro (in test tubes or petri dishes) showing bifidobacterial activity against H. pylori.
In this study, the researchers tested numerous strains of bifidobacteria isolated from the feces of breast-fed infants for activity against H. pylori. They identified one strain (Bifidobacterium bifidum CECT 7366) that under certain conditions had an inhibition level of nearly 95% in vitro and tested its activitity against infection in mice.
After 21 days, mice treated with the potentially probiotic strain developed significantly less ulcers than the control group. Additional tests suggest that treatment partially relieved damage to gastric tissue caused by H. pylori infection. Ingestion of the bacteria did not induce any disease or mortality in both healthy and immunocompromised mice.
“The results presented here confer to strain B. bifidum CECT 7366 the status of a probiotic bacterium with functional activity against H. pylori,” write the researchers, in the news release. “Human clinical trials must be performed before commercialization of this strain can be approved.” Check out the study, “Novel Probiotic Bifidobacterium bifidum CECT 7366 Strain Active against the Pathogenic Bacterium Helicobacter pylori.”
Applied and Environmental Microbiology is a journal published by the American Society for Microbiology. The American Society for Microbiology, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the largest single life science association, with 40,000 members worldwide. Its members work in educational, research, industrial, and government settings on issues such as the environment, the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, laboratory and diagnostic medicine, and food and water safety.
The ASM’s mission is to gain a better understanding of basic life processes and to promote the application of this knowledge for improved health and economic and environmental well-being. Also check out, Probiotics and Health Claims.