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Lactobacillus Plantarum

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Medically Reviewed by: Chris Duncombe, M.D. Lactobacillus plantarum is one of the most widely studied bacterial strains in the Lactobacilli genus. It is a Gram-positive, non-spore forming rod bacteria that is found in many strains in lactic acid fermented food products (1,2). Such foods as brined olives, pickles, sauerkraut, feta cheese, African ogi, cassava, and … Read more

Bifidobacterium Lactis Complex

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Medically Reviewed by: Chris Duncombe, M.D. What is Bifidobacterium Lactis Complex? Bifidobacteria are a form of naturally occurring bacteria that are commonly found in the gastrointestinal tracts and mouths of mammals, including humans. They are one of the common forms of bacteria found in the intestinal flora of humans and are believed to have many positive health … Read more

Probiotics and Mood Disorders

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Medically Reviewed by: Chris Duncombe, M.D. There are a number of physical health conditions that may be successfully treated with probiotics. These include reducing the risk of asthma, lowering LDL cholesterol/normalizing blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and treating irritable bowel syndrome and vaginosis. But as it turns out, probiotics may also be effective in addressing mental and behavioral … Read more

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

 (Check out the Top Probiotics of 2015 here!) 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 … 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

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