6 Billion Beneficial Bacteria per Capsule for Optimal Gastrointestinal Health
New Advanced Probiotic Complex designed for optimal gastrointestinal health. Each capsule of FirstBiotic™ contains 6 Billion Organisms.*
What are Probiotics and where do they come from?
Probiotics are "friendly" bacteria that help support normal balance in the intestinal tract, thereby aiding normal digestion, supporting the immune system and promoting overall health.
Bacteria cells living in our gut outnumber our own cells by 10 times! Over 400 different strains of bacteria form a complex mutually beneficial relationship with their human hosts. Helpful bacteria have been with us a long time as pointed out by Dr. Martin Blaser, a pioneer in gut microbe research, "They've been selected through evolution because they help us." Natural probiotics exist in several foods including yogurt, certain cereals and fermented milk. Specifically, probiotics consist of lactic acid producing bacteria (LAB), non-lactic acid producing bacterial species, and non-pathogenic yeast. Some of the commonly used microflora in probiotics include: L. acidophilus, L. fermentum, L. paracasei, L. brevis, L. gasseri, L. plantarum, L. bulgaricus, L. helveticus, L. reuteri, L. casei, L. jensenii, L. rhamnosus, L. crispatus, L. johnsonii, L. salivarius, B. adolescentis, B. breve, B. longum, B. animalis, B. infantis, B. thermophilum, B. bifidum, B. lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis, B. coagulans, B. licheniformis, B. cereus Proprionibacterium, S. boulardii, L. rhamnosus, Lactobacillus strains and Bifidobacterium strains.
What do Probiotics do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?
Why this interest in probiotics? It starts on a universal scale; the world is full of microorganisms (including bacteria), and so are people's bodies--in and on the skin, in the gut, and in other orifices. They take up residence in babies soon after birth. Friendly bacteria are vital to proper development of the immune system and to the digestion and absorption of food and nutrients. Each person's mix of bacteria varies. Interactions between a person and the microorganisms in his body, and between the microorganisms themselves, can be crucial to the person's health and well-being.
In what ways are probiotics beneficial?
• Probiotics balance pH in the gut.
• Probiotics support overall digestion.
• Healthy bacteria support Microflora balance for the natural immune system.
Probiotics are beneficial to us in a number of ways which have been studied and documented, especially where a microflora imbalance exists. Probiotics support the function of the immune system and provide numerous digestive support benefits as well.
Who needs Probiotics and how much should be taken? Are there any side effects or symptoms of deficiency?
Nearly everyone can benefit from probiotic supplementation. Probiotic supplements should be taken with moderately-sized meals, consisting of food no warmer than room temperature. It is also recommended that probiotic supplements be taken with lots of water to dilute minimize stomach acid and bile exposure.
If taken in conjunction with antibiotics, it's generally recommended to supplement at least one hour before or two hours after antibiotics ingestion.
To preserve the viability of probiotics it is recommended that refrigeration is used. Probiotics have been used by people for thousands of years in the form of consumption of fermented milk. They have been used widely and safely with great benefit in a variety of circumstances and have even shown benefits for infants. Probiotics should be regularly consumed to restore and maintain normal intestinal balance of essential healthy flora.
The goal of supplementing with probiotics is to promote health and longevity by reestablishing a natural healthy balance of intestinal microorganisms in the body.
*At time of manufacture. This product may be kept refrigerated to maximize shelf-life and potency.