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Do Probiotics Help Lower Cholesterol?

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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 your risk for heart disease. Since … 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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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 side effects, however, are another story. Upset stomach, diarrhea, allergic reactions and vomiting can all be somewhat normal reactions. Not to mention the damage antibiotics inflict on the good … 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