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Vlada Korol: Probiotics are Pro – Stomach!

In the pharmacy we often hear patients complaining about stomach related problems, such as diarrhea and discomfort. Once we figure out that it is not related to a virus or other current illnesses, we often ask “have you recently been taking antibiotics?” and the answer is often “yes”. Taking antibiotics gets rid of the bad bacteria, but what people do not realize is that antibiotics kill off the good bacteria that protects the gut as well. “The normal human digestive tract contains about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system. The largest group of probiotic bacteria in the intestine is lactic acid bacteria, of which Lactobacillus acidophilus is the best known.” (1) The best part is, that taking probiotics can help replenish the good bacteria and correct the digestive imbalance.

What are probiotics made of?

Live cultures of bacteria, just like the ones inside yogurt and Kefir. Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium, are the most common bacteria. Also, certain yeasts can be used as well.

Except Diarrhea and Gas, What else can Probiotics help with?

You have to get to know which specific probiotic bacteria is most effective for your condition. Specific bacterial strains have been researched, and may show benefits in, bacterial growth due to stress, gastrointestinal infections, lactose intolerance, irritable bowl syndrome, colitis, even colon cancer, and many more health conditions. (2) Always consult with your health care professional on the most up to date research and obtain advice for your specific situation. Your pharmacist can help you choose which probiotic product is best for you.

How to Choose the Probiotics Best for You?

Again, do your research for your specific condition and then approach a trusted pharmacist, nutritionist, or doctor. According to NatureMade, a popular suplement company look for: “The strain of the probiotic in the product you choose should be clearly listed and named. The health benefit of a particular probiotic strain should be prooven by research. The level of probiotics delivered per dose should be clearly listed. Some food products just say “billions of live cultures”. What you want to see is an exact number usually listed in “CFU”. Obtain your probiotic from a trusted source – A responsible manufacturer will make sure its probiotic product has the same strain(s) and is as potent through the end of shelf life as what was used in clinical studies.” (3)

Do All Probiotics Have to be Refrigerated?

It all depends how they are made. Probiotics are live cultures, so it would make sense for them to be refrigerated, and you will find them in the refrigerated section of the pharmacy. However, certain probiotics are made so that the cultures are not active, until they pass the acidic stomach and become active in the intestines. Kedvon Pharmacy carries live culture, refrigerated probiotics, as well as Probiotic Pearls by Integrative Therapeutics, which do not have to be refrigerated.

Probiotic Pearls by Integrative Therapeutics

Our patients love these convenient, tiny pearls, easy to swallow, only need to be taken one per day, 20 minutes before breakfast. This product is wonderful because it does NOT contain sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, or preservatives. We have heard fantastic feedback on this high quality product!

Try a probiotic for healthy intestinal flora! Contact Kedvon Pharmacy in Wheeling (847) 459 – 0001 with any questions!

Sources:

(1). WebMD: www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/probiotics-topic-overview

(2). Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probiotic

(3). Naturemade: http://www.naturemade.com/resource-center/articles-and-videos/digestive-health/probiotics-101

 

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