Do Probiotics Help Lower Cholesterol?

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Medically Reviewed by: Chris Duncombe, M.D. You may be familiar with the use of probiotics for enhancing gut health. However, what you may not know is that these gut-friendly bacteria may also be beneficial for heart health too. Research has shown that certain strains of probiotics may help to lower cholesterol, and in turn, lower … Read more

Bifidobacterium Breve

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Medically Revied by: Chris Duncombe, M.D. There are various types of bacteria that live within the human intestinal tract, some of which have a mutually beneficial relationship with us, their host. These bacteria that have a positive influence within the gastrointestinal system are called probiotics. One of those probiotics found to have health benefits was … Read more

Probiotics and Antibiotics

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Medically Reviewed by: Chris Duncombe, M.D. We’ve all been prescribed antibiotics at one point or another. They can provide a seemingly immediate relief from the diseases and illnesses that ail us. The potential side effects, however, are another story. Upset stomach, diarrhea, allergic reactions and vomiting are some of the side effects that people may … Read more

Lactobacillus Acidophilus

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Medically reviewed by: Chris Duncombe, M.D. Probiotics are good bacteria that reside within the human body, namely the gut, and have positive health benefits. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a probiotic species of gram positive bacteria. What is Lactobacillus Acidophilus? Lactobacillus acidophilus is found naturally within the human body, in the gastrointestinal tract and mouth.[1] It can … Read more

Saccharomyces Boulardii

Saccharomyces Boulardii probiotic

Medically Reviewed by: Chris Duncombe, M.D. Probiotics are made of microorganisms like yeast or bacteria and they aim to promote overall health by improving digestion. Saccharomyces boulardii, also referred to as S. boulardii and pronounced SAK-a-roe-MYE-sees-boo-LAR-dee, is a yeast found naturally in tropical plants. What is Saccharomyces Boulardii? Saccharomyces boulardii is sometimes used as a probiotic, and … Read more

Capsules vs Yogurts

How do probiotic yogurts measure up against probiotic capsules? Yogurt probiotics were the original source of probiotics to be studied scientifically. It was the finding that the probiotics within yogurt were associated with improved digestive function, nutrient uptake, and weight loss which led to the commercialization of probiotic yogurts and supplements we see today. But … Read more

Vitamin Supplement Benefits

Taking multivitamins can be beneficial. Even if you think you’re getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients through your diet, you could be missing some. Most Americans fail to meet dietary recommendations for many reasons, including strict dieting, less-than-healthy food choices, and more. Taking a once-daily multivitamin is an easy way to fill in small … Read more

Digestive Enzyme Benefits

Digestive enzymes have been used to address health problems varying from indigestion to chronic pancreatitis and even cystic fibrosis. Supplementing your gut’s natural digestive enzymes can help certain people who need it. Not only does digestive enzyme supplementation reduce the negative effects of having an unhealthy gut, such as indigestion and food intolerances, but they … Read more

Multivitamins

There are lots of good reasons to take a multivitamin. Even the best eating plans can fall short of meeting all of the 40-plus nutrients you need each day. Most Americans fail to meet dietary recommendations for many reasons, including strict dieting, poor appetite, changing nutritional needs, or less-than-healthy food choices. Taking a once-daily multivitamin … Read more

What should I look for?

In essence, there are three factors to pay attention to in your search for the right probiotic supplement: Method of manufacture, CFU count, and the specific culture(s) which address your health needs. Look for a supplement which is ‘manufactured in accordance with cGMP guidelines’. This is one of the few applicable FDA guidelines for nutritional supplements. … Read more