Probiotics have been in the news a lot lately. There are numerous brands on the market and also many different strains of bacterias promoted as being healthy and producing benefits for the gastrointestinal tract.
Most of these friendly bacteria’s are temperature sensitive and need to be refrigerated to keep their potency. Unless the type of bacteria’s included in the product have been documented to survive the acidity of the stomach they may not even get to the intestines alive providing little benefits.
An interesting type of probiotic shown to maintain and restore the natural flora in the large and small intestine is the yeast derived saccharomyces boulardii. The benefits of this product has been well documented by research and it is more practical to use since it does not require refrigeration. The article reviewed here summarizes the probiotic mechanisms of saccharomyces boulardii (Im E, Othoulakis C. 2010).
One of the main mechanisms of action included inhibition of activities of bacterial pathogens. It suppresses bacterial infection by inhibiting adhesion and overgrowth of bacteria and produces a serine protease that cleaves a certain type of toxin as well as stimulating antibody production against this toxin.
Saccharomyces boulardii also modifies signaling pathways involved in inflammatory and non-inflammatory intestinal diseases. It has been shown to inhibit main regulators of inflammation, one of them includes nuclear factor kB (NF-kB). It has been documented to interfere with the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) by acting on T cells and improving diarrhea.
This is a potent probiotic which is practical to use and can also be taken when traveling to help decrease or help prevent traveler’s diarrhea.
To read more about the benefits of this probiotic, click on “Gastrointestinal Support Formula.“
The most effective way to take this formula is to take 2 capsules twice daily. You don’t have to take it all the time. Take it once in a while, and if you have gastrointestinal symptoms. If you have to use antibiotics for any reason take it while you are taking the antibiotics and also take it a couple of weeks afterwards.