Probiotics are combinations of live beneficial bacteria and/or yeasts that naturally live in our bodies. When ingested in sufficient amounts, they can enhance the health of digestive tract, colonise and restore the number of beneficial bacteria in your gut to suppress ‘trouble-making’ harmful bacteria, and support absorption of nutrients while eliminating toxic compounds from the digestive tract. Therefore, it is important to replenish with the right type of dietary probiotics to maintain a good flora balance.
There are many products to choose from when it comes to probiotic supplements. There are plenty of brands using different ingredients and can range from pills to powders to liquids. Here are some points to note when choosing the right probiotic supplement, and you'll be rewarded with the right probiotic to boost your health.
Colony-forming units (CFUs) are the measurement for the dosing of probiotic supplements. The reason why CFUs are important for probiotics is because they indicate how many living beneficial bacterial cells you ingest with your probiotic to provide the intended health benefit. Do note that probiotic is only effective when the good bacteria you swallow is alive. Otherwise, you’re just flushing money down the toilet!
2. Encapsulation Technology
Most oral probiotics are prone to destruction when they are going down the digestive tract due to gastric acid and bile, even before their beneficial activities can take effect. Therefore, it is important that the encapsulation technology of the probiotics must at least be able to “resist gastric acid and bile".
Probiotics must survive safely to reach the large intestine, and successfully take root and reproduce the next generation (colonization), in order to be effective.
3. Probiotic Strain
There are many different strains of probiotics, each providing different health benefits. It is important to research the strain used in the probiotic so you know how it can help your digestive system. Some probiotic strains will be a better fit for your gut health goals than others.
Here are some of the most common genera that are found in probiotic supplements:
• Lactobacillus strains – This may help with bowel regulation, support healthy immune system and healthy inflammatory response.
• Bifidobacterium strains – This good bacteria may help to suppress growth of harmful bacteria, support intestinal health and activate innate immunity.
• Saccharomyces - This yeast may be effective in protecting against diarrhoea caused by flora imbalance due to antibiotics and improve intestinal barrier function.
• Bacillus - This may help to promote muscle endurance and balance intestinal flora.
4. Prebiotic Fiber
Although it is not absolutely necessary to take a prebiotic for probiotics to work, taking them can give the live bacteria a boost. Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber that serve as food for the probiotics. It can also help with common digestive issues like bloating and constipation, increase mineral bioavailability, and even promote satiety and weight loss.
5. Dosage Form
Probiotics often come in a variety of dosage forms, such as powder, capsule, tablet, gummy or jelly, etc. The different dosage forms will mainly affect the ability of the packaging to isolate air for good preservation, purity, and the amount of excipients added. The recommended order of selection will be powder, capsule, and tablet, followed by jelly and gummy.
You may like to consider taking FLORAGENESIS Ultra-Wellness for Gastrointestinal and total wellness.
LABO Nutrition FLORAGENESIS Ultra-Wellness (2022 Enhanced Formula)
FloraGenesis Ultra-Wellness is a high-strength, research-proven formula with 50 billion live probiotics. Containing 15 diverse strains of probiotics including 10 billion FloraGG probiotic (Lactobacillus strains), bifido-bacterium strains, probiotic yeast, spore-forming probiotics and other strains for a spectrum of health benefits, Ultra-Wellness is fortified with 5g SunfiberTM prebiotic dietary fiber and features a targeted delivery system - a patented 5-layer microencapsulation which protects the probiotics against heat, stomach acid and intestinal bile for maximal delivery and efficacy.
SunfiberTM is a prebiotic fiber that increases the number of good bacteria - Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus - in the gut to promote healthy gut flora. Fermentation of SunfiberTM by the gut bacteria in the colon results in the production of short-chain fatty acids, which provides energy for the cells lining the colon, suppresses the growth of bad bacteria in the gut, promotes calcium absorption, and reduces appetite.
LABO Nutrition Biogenics 16
Biogenics 16, a pre-digested probiotics, targets the root cause of many health problems which is unhealthy intestines. It is developed with advanced Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) probiotics technology based on 100 years of research and cultured through a 12-month fermentation period. Biogenics 16 help to improve the gut environment to proliferate the body’s own good bacteria while inhibiting the bad. At the same time, it also converts neutral bacteria into beneficial ones. A cutting-edge formula of LAB Fermented Extract consisting of bacterial secretions and body substances of 16 strains of LAB, extracted through a patented extraction process, it is distinctly different from any probiotic or prebiotic supplements.
LABO Nutrition FloraGG
FloraGG is a natural probiotic supplement formulated with 25 billion CFU live Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (FloraGG®), which is one of the most extensively studied and widely used probiotic strains. Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is naturally present in the human intestines. It is highly viable, possessing excellent acid and bile resistant, and also adheres well to the intestinal lining to exert health benefits. In addition, FloraGG incorporates a patented 5-layer microencapsulation technology (Patent no. M479761) to further protect the probiotics, resulting in >600X higher survival rate than uncoated probiotics. This technology helps further improve the adhesion of the probiotics to the gut and improve their colonization, maximising their efficacy. FloraGG is also fortified with Sunfiber™ to boost the efficacy of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. Sunfibre® is 100% water-soluble dietary fiber (partially hydrolysed guar gum) produced from Indian guar bean via enzymatic fermentation. Unlike other fibers, Sunfiber™ helps maintain intestinal regularity and digestive health without the excess gas, bloating and loose stools. With this synergistic pairing, FloraGG helps maintain intestinal, digestive, immune, and skin health, as well as supporting weight management and overall wellness.