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How Probiotics Can Help Support Gut Health

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Intestinal, digestive, and immune health is highly dependent on the health of your intestinal microbiome due to its many complex functions. When there is a bacterial imbalance, the microbiome no longer fulfills its primary role of protection, making you vulnerable. Probiotics act as a barrier to the outside world, and help fight infectious microorganisms.

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“The science of probiotics is really promising,” says author and registered dietitian Desiree Nielsen, explaining they’re valuable for digestion, building immunity, and protecting the nervous system. One of your best allies is to supplement with a good quality probiotic that is proven effective.

Scientific approach

Choosing the right probiotic can be confusing when it comes to choosing the right strain(s), explains Mathieu Millette, Ph.D., MCB. scientific director at Bio-K+. “The strain is what determines the bacteria’s unique properties and potential to support human health, but you should keep an eye out for multi-strain probiotics”, he says, explaining that throwing in a dozen of potentially beneficial strains doesn’t mean that they will thrive in harmony. Bacteria compete for food and space; synergy is not automatic, it needs to be demonstrated — and the majority of probiotics don’t have that level of evidence.

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Bio-K+ International, which has a science-based approach, has conducted 13 clinical trials on over 76,000 patients. Their probiotics use three unique strains that can’t be found anywhere else: Lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285®, Lactobacillus casei LBC80R®, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus CLR2®.

Each Bio-K+® probiotic has a minimum of 50 billion live and active bacteria, helping to promote intestinal and immune health. Available as a drinkable product and as a targeted-release capsule with enteric-coating, these probiotics were chosen for their efficacy and ability to work and grow together.

Nielsen is impressed with Bio-K’s commitment to doing research and especially likes the liquid probiotic.

“It’s really uncommon to have a drinkable, 100 percent human strain probiotic,” she says. “It’s alive, it’s not freeze-dried. Those bacteria go to work as soon as you take it.”

Discover more at biokplus.com

Kristen Castillo, [email protected]

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