What to look for in a probiotic?

What to look for in a probiotic?

Probiotics are not one size fits all approach – you need to use the most appropriate strain and in the right quantity to have the health effects​. ⁠

Recent research has identified that probiotic function changes from species to species as well as subspecies and at a strain level. This research highlights the importance of prescribing only specific strains which proven therapeutic benefits.

Different probiotic strains play a role in a healthy microbiome:

Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG) and Bifidobacterium animals spp lactis help to increase the growth of commensal bacterial families, genera, species and strains

LGG modulate the quantity, diversity and functioning of commensal organisms and produces Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA) which help restore healthy gut and tight junction integrity (reducing leaky gut)

Saccharomyces cerevisiae Boulardii (SB) is a yeast which can displace pathogen and reduce the effects of antibiotics by rapidly restoring good gut bacteria. BB-12 prevents the growth of pathogens by secreting antimicrobial peptides.

Lactobacillys plantarum, lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus bind to immune receptors to promote immune functioning

LGG and lactobacillus paracasei act on T cells to reducing inflammatory markers

Lactobacillus acidophilus interacts with dendritic cells to modulate the immune system.

Lactobacillus acidophilus

At NatMed, we stock a diverse range of probiotics for most health ailments and will prescribe the most appropriate strain for you.

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