Probiotics continue to amass a good body of research on their benefits. Korean scientists recently found that a probiotic containing 6 species of bacteria had a 68% success rate in symptom relief with people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The species present were Lactobacillus (L.) acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, Streptococcus Thermophilus, Bifidobacterium (B.) longum, B. bifidum, and B. lactis. With the exception of B. lactis, all of these, as well as 6 more additional strains, are found in Flora Prime. The results were established in the Gold Standard testing format used in Clinical Trials of a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. The authors of the study concluded that, “the Multi-species probiotics are effective in IBS patients, and induced the alterations in the composition of intestinal microbiota.”
Another recent study showed that the E. coli strain called Nissle 1917 was able to reduce colonization of the intestinal tract by the pathogenic bacteria, Salmonella, by out-competing it for iron. Iron is an essential nutrient for salmonella colonization. There are an estimated 1-4 million salmonella infections each year. Most people are only aware of E. coli as the problematic bacteria linked to many illnesses and deaths, but E. coli that hasn’t been mutated by antibiotics can actually help to prevent colon cancers and other conditions. It has been available as a supplement for many years, although the list of additional ingredients keeps me away from it.
Probiotics now have many double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies supporting a wide variety of benefits. Here is a sampling:
Probiotics reduce Atopic dematitis
Probiotics enhance Immunity
Probiotics reduce common cold infections
Probiotics decrease anxiety
Probiotics reduce diarrhea
Probiotics reduce the incidence of eczema
Probiotics reduce Bacterial Vaginitis
Probiotics eliminated workplace sick-leave
Probiotics benefit Ulcerative colitis
Probiotics reduce onset of hospital respiratory infections
Probiotics benefit IBS
More benefits will continue to to be revealed as research continues.
The benefits of probiotics are not limited to just capsules, as fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt and others have a long, long history of use and benefits, extending back hundreds of years.
After a 5-day course of antibiotics has destroyed all of the beneficial bacteria in the body, it becomes very important to assist the body in restoring the bacterial flora. This process is known to take as long as a year or more, leaving the body in a very vulnerable state. While the foods we eat and the liquids we consume are responsible for providing the body with the beneficial bacteria it needs, using probiotics and fermented foods can assist this process. The bacterial flora is considered to be as important an organ as the liver and brain. Destroying this “organ” can produce lifelong complications and set the stage for a wide variety of conditions and diseases. Many of these many not show up for years or decades.
Avoiding antibiotic use and exposure is a good place to start. When antibiotics are unavoidable, following the Antibiotic Protocol can help to minimize and eliminate negative side effects.