Which Probiotic is best for me?

Author: Lia Pellizzeri   Date Posted:27 February 2017 

Gut Lovin' Probiotics

For quite a while now, we’ve been learning about the benefits of probiotics, the micro-organisms that call our intestines their home and influence a number of the body’s internal systems ranging from digestive to immune. The majority of research to date concludes the positive impact on these systems, and by populating our guts with these little guys we help crowd out the nasties – the bad bacteria that can flourish in response to our very stressed, over-medicated, and highly-sugared lives.

It is easy to see how this can contribute to chronic poor health!

 

Probiotic Strains: Did you know?

There are billions of types of strains of bacteria that live in our digestive systems, we are their personal planet and as their planet we want good, intelligent, and helpful citizens to live in it to keep it healthy and thriving. Since stumbling on the amazing benefits of supplementing with these beneficial bacteria, research has gone further afield to discover the unique therapeutic values held by individual strains that may be particularly good for certain conditions.

Let’s look at what these individual strains can be good for…

 

Overall Health & Digestion.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus:

  • Helps support nutrient absorption.
  • May help with the digestion of dairy and ease associated digestive discomfort.
  • Helps re-establish gut flora after antibiotic use.
  • Boosts immune system and supports vaginal health.

 

Travelling, Immunity & Allergy.

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (Lactobacillus gg):

  • Stimulates immune system to fight bacterial infections.
  • Lowers allergy response and inflammation.
  • May help decrease symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and constipation.
  • Shows potential to help inhibit Heliocobacter Pylori due to lactic acid production.
  • Premier probiotic to help reduce the risk of traveller’s diarrhoea.

 

Allergy.

Lactobacillus paracasei:

  • Studies have shown long-term consumption may help improve the health status of children with allergic rhinitis.
  • May help to regulate Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and IgG1 mediators, which are antibodies produced by the immune system in response to an allergen.
  • May improve individual symptoms such as sneezing, itchy nose and swollen eyes associated with rhinitis or general hayfever and sinusitis.

 

Immunity & Detoxification.

Bifidobacterium longum:

  • One of the most common bacteria found in the intestines and helps maintain gut wall integrity.
  • Preliminary research indicates that this strain has antioxidant properties.
  • Immune health support. Studies have shown B longum to exert heightened immune responses 20 weeks after discontinuation.

 

Digestion, Immunity & Inflammation.

Bifidobacterium bifidum:

  • Helps to break down complex carbohydrates, fat and protein into small components, thus increasing absorption of vital nutrients.
  • Helps prevent the growth of bad bacteria and yeasts.
  • Works with L acidophilus to modulate immunological and inflammatory responses.

 

Infants & Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Bifidobacterium Infantis:

  • Largest population of beneficial bacteria in babies.
  • Has been shown to decrease bloating and bowel movement difficulty.
  • Studies have demonstrated a reduction in pain and total relief in symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

 

Chronic Digestive Disorders & Inflammation.

Saccharomyces boulardii:

  • Regulates immune and inflammatory responses.
  • Exerts restorative properties on intestinal mucosa.
  • Has demonstrated clinical and experimental effectiveness in gastro-intestinal diseases, especially in inflammatory conditions such as IBS.

 

Which Probiotic is best for me?

It’s easy to become overwhelmed and confused when deciding if using a certain strain might be more beneficial to you and a condition you may be treating. However, it is important to remember that ALL probiotic strains on the market have been well-researched and have demonstrated positive effects on various body systems - primarily digestive, inflammatory and immune systems.

So although individual strains may be geared toward certain pathways and symptoms, the good news is you can’t lose… taking any good bacteria can have remarkable effects on your overall health. If you really would like to know what type of probiotic would be best for you, have a comprehensive stool analysis done, this will help identify which strains of probiotic you need the most.

 

Written by Lia Pellizzeri
Emily Seddon

Lia is a qualified Naturopath who believes in the power of nature to heal many of today’s acute and chronic conditions. She’s not only passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, but about educating people on nutrition and the amazing benefits of herbs and supplements in addressing symptoms and their underlying issues.

Lia loves to cook, bake and read… when she isn’t busy telling people to enjoy their egg yolks and other healthy fats, she can most likely be found on the lounge with a latte and a tattered copy of Lord of the Rings.


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