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Prebiotics and Probiotics

Prebiotics and Probiotics

When Pre and Pro Biotics meet, you have an ideal and healthy environment for digestion.

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The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is an important hub between you and the environment. This hub is on double duty, destroying pathogens while assisting in the absorption of nutrients. From the stomach to the colon, your GI tract is colonized by an estimated 100 trillion microorganisms.

Humans are hosts for many microorganisms that reside on our skin, in our mouth and gastrointestinal tract.  The interaction between these microorganisms and our body is very important. Bacteria are a type of microorganism which forms a symbiotic relationship with many organisms, including humans. One example is the bacteria that live inside the GI tract. These microorganisms break down food making vitamins and minerals available for absorption. In return, the bacteria benefit from the stable environment inside the human GI tract.

Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria are normal inhabitants of a healthy intestine and their presence is positively correlated with many measures of health.

Probiotics are a type of bacteria which play an important role in metabolism, digestion, vitamin synthesis and prevention of vaginal and urinary infections. Numerous health benefits are given from probiotics. They have been shown to lessen diarrhea associated with taking antibiotics and improve symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Current studies show promising results in that probiotic supplementation could provide benefits by regulating immune functions and could be used in the treatment of human inflammatory diseases of the intestinal tract. Suggested doses for probiotics are determined by what condition is being treated. Please contact your health care practitioner for accurate dosing instructions specific to your condition.

Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that act as a “food” for probiotics. These carbohydrates are made up of resistant starches, inulin and oligosaccharides. They help to make an ideal environment in the intestinal tract for the probiotics to flourish and improve digestive health.

When Pre and Pro Biotics meet, you have an ideal and healthy environment for digestion.

Nova Scotia Organics has created a certified organic Pre & Pro Biotic Supplement that contains the 3 most common strains of probiotics: Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium Bifidum. It also contains Inulin as our main prebiotic. This product provides you with 15 billion colony-forming units (CFU) per serving of powder or 2.3 billion per chewable tablet.

 

References:

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#2 eatrightontario.com/en/Articles/Probiotics/prebiotics/The-Pros-of-Probiotics.aspx

#3 Borchers A, et Al. (2009). Probiotics and Immunity. Journal of Gastroenterology: 44:26-46

#4 Natural Health Products Directorate. (2015). Compendium of Monographs. Probiotics. [Internet] [Ottawa (ON), cited March 2016] Available at: http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monosReq.do?lang=eng

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