Probulin 15 day supply (45 count)

Probulin 15 day supply (45 count)

We now have Probulin in a 15 day supply. This is a perfect bottle to take with you when you’re traveling, to keep in your purse, or to set on your desk at work as a reminder to take your daily probiotics. Call 888.697.8770 to order & receive a FREE Probiotics For Dummies Special Edition book written by Dr. Shekhar Challa.

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You Have Heard About Probiotics But Do You Know What Prebiotics Are?

When looking at the words prebiotic and probiotic they look very similar, only containing one different letter. They also have similar benefits as their jobs are to improve overall health by starting with digestive health. According to Dr. Shekhar Challa, author of Probiotics for Dummies, and creator of the first Probiotic video game – microwarriorsvideogame.com, probiotics mean “for life.” Probiotics are the good bacteria. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients, like inulin, that stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria in the digestive system in ways believed to be beneficial to health and are not consumed by the bad bacteria. Essentially Prebiotics act as food or fuel to Probiotics. Probiotics and Prebiotics worktogether to maintain gut health.

Prebiotic fiber is not affected by heat, cold, acid or time, yet probiotics can be killed by heat, acid or passage of time. Prebiotics nourish the thousands of good bacterial species already living in the colon. Probiotics contain species of bacteria which are added to the colon when ingested.

Probiotics are the beneficial organisms, prebiotics help probiotic bacteria grow and flourish. Prebiotics and probiotics working together are called synbiotics. Now we can understand that prebiotics are the support team to probiotics which maintain our gut health. When Prebiotics and Probiotics are available in the same product it is called a synbiotic. Probulin is a classic example of a synbiotic.

Selecting and Using Probiotic Supplements

Even though probiotic-rich foods should be an important part of your life, you probably need probiotic supplements to ingest enough bacteria to make a difference. Supplements are especially important if you’re treating a specific illness, such as inflammatory bowel disease or other health issues.

Even people in the medical profession would be lost in the supplements aisle of the grocery store shopping for probiotics. Because the research is still in its infancy, specific recommendations about how much good bacteria you should take (or, in some cases, which strain will help particular diseases) just aren’t available.

However, here are some points to keep in mind:

What goes in your mouth does not necessarily reach your colon.

Good  bacteria can’t help you if they don’t survive your stomach acid. Look for products labeled “encapsulated” or some other indication that they use technology to help the good bacteria reach your colon.

More strains of bacteria are better than one.

Make sure your supplement includes Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria strains. Also check for prebiotic ingredients like inulin; prebiotics make the probiotic bacteria more effective. (Probulin is a good example of this kindof supplement.)

Always check the expiration date and storage information.

Some supplements need to be chilled; even those that don’t require refrigeration should be stored away from heat. Heat destroys probiotic bacteria, so don’t drink coffee, hot tea, or other hot beverages for an hour after you take probiotics in any form — either as a supplement or in foods.

✓ Good probiotic supplements include prebiotics.

The good probiotic supplements include fiber (prebiotics) which serves as “food” for the probiotic bacteria. Including insoluble fiber ensures probiotic have enough food for energy and growth once they reach the gut.

So next time you head to the store or go online for your supply of probiotic supplements, be sure to check the supplement facts on the bottle.

Go with your health,

Probiotic Team

The Most Popular New Year’s Resolution (and the Hardest!!): Losing Weight

With 2012 underway, most of us are charging into the New Year with new ambitions. Of course, one of the more common goals we set for ourselves: lose the love handles. Research shows there may be a link between probiotics and reaching that healthier weight.

In a controlled study in 2010, Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 was found to have contributed to Body Mass Index reduction— including that hard-to-lose fat around the middle. (BMI is a calculation that takes into account a person’s body fat, height and weight.) You can check out this study HERE.

The microbial population in an obese individual’s gut is different than in a thin one,  according to Dr. Jeffery Gordon at the University of Washington. Once an overweight person reaches a healthier BMI, his or her gut flora composition shifts to that of a thin person.

Prebiotics – remember, these are the foods that help probiotics work better –  may also play a role in weight management through modulating hormones. There’s a rather challenging read for those without medical degrees HERE that examines how prebiotics and probiotics may help with weight control.

Adding prebiotics and probiotics, like Probulin, to your daily routine may help you achieve greater success in reaching your weight management goals. Here’s to 2012 and achieving all your resolutions!

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team

Probiotics & Prebiotics: Not Just for Us Humans

No, we’re not talking an alien invasion. We’re actually talking about using probiotics to help the animal industry. In recent years, there’s been considerable concern about the food animal producers using antibiotics. Remember, when we use too many antibiotics, people start to get resistant to them and new strains of bacteria are born that are antibiotic-resistant. (The one you’ll recognize is MRSA because it’s gotten a lot of attention in the media.)

The food animal industries have been looking at options to reduce the use of antibiotics, and probiotics and prebiotics are options, according to an article at WorldPoultry.net. The article says the poultry industry is “embracing” probiotics for pathogen prevention, but lots more studies are looking at using probiotics and prebiotics to reduce the use of antibiotics.

If you’ve got one of those science-y heads, you can read another article from Medwell Journals that’s pretty complex about how probiotics are being investigated for use with many animals (not just those chickens!) HERE. It talks about how some studies have shown that:

  • Probiotics feed intake and daily weight gain in chickens, horses, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle.
  • Cows fed probiotics saw higher milk yields, and increased fats and proteins.
  • Rabbits fed probiotics had reduced morbidity and mortality rates during their fattening periods.

There are lots more studies listed in this article – but it’s all a good sign for how society is starting to recognize the potential of good bacteria to make positive changes.

 

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team

Probiotics: high cholesterol’s worst nightmare

We live in a high cholesterol world. From movie theater popcorn with gobs of butter to down-home fried chicken (hungry yet?), the urge to ignore those ugly cholesterol numbers and chow down is hard to ignore.

Cholesterol has a good component (HDL) and a bad component (LDL). The higher the LDL levels, the higher the risk of heart disease. HDL, on the other hand, protects against heart disease.

Fermented milk and acidophilus have been shown to increase HDL and lower LDL, decreasing the chance of heart disease.

Probiotics can break down cholesterol and use it in their metabolic processes, which decreases your cholesterol levels. L. acidophilus and L. lactis have been shown in studies to decrease cholesterol.

Probiotics may even decrease cholesterol by changing the way the liver synthesizes cholesterol. The liver uses cholesterol to make bile acids. Bile is stored in the liver and, when needed, pumped into the small bowel where 95% is reabsorbed. Probiotics make an enzyme that breaks down the bile salts that can’t be reabsorbed. The liver then reaches out into the blood to get new cholesterol, which lowers the amount of cholesterol in the blood. All bifidobacter species, lactobacillus acidophilus, and some other lactobacilli have this capability.

Adding prebiotics to probiotics helps probiotics flourish, but also prebiotics – because they’re fiber – directly work to decrease cholesterol. Talk about a win-win!

Now, I’m not advocating a daily fried food diet, but any help I can get with lowering my cholesterol, we’ll take! How about you? What’s your favorite food that you just know makes your cholesterol aim toward the sky?

My pick: fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits. . . excuse me. I’ve uh. . . gotta go to lunch.

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team

Prebiotics: Is that a typo?

Nope, we really mean to say prebiotics and not probiotics. Although you’ve been hearing a lot about probiotics in the media (and certainly on our blog!), prebiotics are starting to get their fair share of attention. Identified in 1995, prebiotics are non-digestible ingredients found in foods that stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria that’s already in your digestive system.

So what prebiotics really do is help probiotics work better, feeding them so they grow and flourish. Research is finding that probiotics are more effective when they contain a prebiotic as well (just like Probulin does).

The big three prebiotics are (1) inulin (2) oligofructose, and (3) polydextrose. They’re usually carbohydrates and soluble fibers. Prebiotics:

  • Have healthy bacteria-building potential
  • Have starch and sugar replacement capabilities
  • Improve gut health as fibres or as texturants.

A 2010 research report on prebiotics from UBIC Consulting found that from 1999 to 2010, the U.S. insoluble fibers market grew 120 percent. As research continues to spike on the effectiveness of prebiotics and probiotics, you can expect to see more people adding these important supplements to their diets.

The U.S. already lags behind European countries (and countries like Japan, which has recognized the usefulness of prebiotics since the 1980s) in adding these to our diet. Let’s catch up!

Go with your gut,

The Probiotics Team

Boning up on Prebiotics

Research studies show that prebiotics can increase your calcium absorption and help with bone minieralization. That’s an issue of primary concern as you age, in particular!

One young adult study found that after a year of taking a prebiotic (specifically an inulin-like fructans), the young adults taking the supplement had greater whole-body bone mineral content and density than the control group that didn’t get fructans.

Other studies have replicated that one, finding “increasing evidence that the colon can absorb nutritionally significant amounts of calcium, and this process may be susceptible to dietary manipulation by fermentable substrates, especially inulin-type fructans.” Whew – that a mouthful, and what it means is that by taking a prebiotic like inulin, you’ll absorb calcium better, which helps your bones! Some of the studies focused on older women, finding positive effects from prebiotics there as well!

Protect your bones with prebiotics and probiotics!

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team