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Species & StrainsWhile people are becoming increasingly familiar with popular probiotic genera and species (e.g. Lactobacillus acidophilus), strains (e.g. Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14) are not yet as widely recognized. This is because some product labels only identify their bugs to the species level. The strain level of identification is analogous to a dog breed. Just as it is important to know whether you are bringing home a new Chihuahua or a German Sheppard, knowing the strain in addition to the genus and species can tell you a lot about the probiotic you are purchasing.
Why should I take probiotic supplements?Dietary supplements are intended to fill nutritional gaps in the diet. For example, a person who does not regularly eat seafood is likely to have an inadequate intake of certain omega-3 fatty acids and may benefit from a fish oil supplement. Similarly, probiotic supplements can fill any gaps for people who do not get enough probiotics from their diet, or who are looking for support for occasional lifestyle stressors. Probiotics are also beneficial for people who are looking for immune support, consume a low fiber diet or are taking an antibiotic.
Food sources of probiotics include fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso and kim chi. However, these fermented foods often contain organisms meant for food production but not clinically studied for specific health benefits. Aside from scientific substantiation of probiotics, it is also important to consider the variety of different organisms in the diet.
A person who eats yogurt everyday may not be getting an adequate variety of organisms to suit their needs. A diet that includes fermented foods can also be supplemented with probiotics to improve the quality, quantity and variety of strains they consume.
How much do I need?The organism count generally refers to the number of colony forming units (CFU) in a product. This number represents the quantity of live microbial cells provided by that product – each viable microbe has the ability to multiply and form a colony of identical microbes when tested in the lab. There is no clear cut answer as to how many CFUs you need as it depends not only on the strain, but also on the health benefit being sought. Probiotic 10 provides its health benefits at 20 billion CFU** per day.†
The amount of CFUs listed on the bottle of your supplements can change depending on how your probiotics are stored. Making sure the bottle is tightly sealed helps protect the integrity of your supplements. Also, avoid storing probiotics in areas such as the bathroom where showers can generate excessive humidity.
BenefitsThere is a flurry of emerging research to help us better understand how probiotics benefit overall health and wellness.† All along the GI tract, the presence of friendly organisms creates a balance between bacteria that should flourish and those that should be kept at lower levels.† Collectively, the GI microbiome aids in digestion of food and absorption of nutrients and supports healthy function of the tissues lining the intestine, including key parts of the immune system.† It’s been stated that around 70% of all immune cells reside in the GALT or gut associated lymphoid system, so gut health and immune health go hand in hand.
What makes Probiotic 10 Different?Diversity is a key hallmark of a healthy microbiome, and given its importance, a single probiotic strain is unlikely to meet your everyday probiotic needs. Just like different vitamins and minerals have different functions in the body, each probiotic strain has an individual role to play as well. For instance, some strains support intestinal health, others support immune function, and still others help balance the female microflora.† Nature’s Bounty’s® Ultra Strength Probiotic 10 has a variety of ten different probiotic strains to support a healthy you.† It can be thought of as a multivitamin for your microbiome!
It’s also important for probiotic strains to be characterized and clinically researched for the desired health benefit. On top of variety, Nature’s Bounty® Probiotic 10 provides three patented probiotic strains you can rely on to promote digestive and immune health because they are backed by over 20 years of research.†