Posted on by Paula Gallagher
Beneficial bacteria are critical to a healthy digestive and immune system, but more and more research is showing that these good bacteria may have a hand in preventing and controlling a surprising number of health conditions in people of all ages. Your digestive tract is filled with hundreds of bacteria – some good and some bad. In a normal digestive system, the good and bad bacteria strike a careful balance to keep you healthy. However, a healthy balance can easily become unbalanced with poor food choices, antibiotic use and illness.
Studies have shown that certain probiotics can play a role in reducing the development of allergies in children, decreasing Helicobacter pylori colonization of the stomach, helping patients cope with side effects of antibiotics, managing relapse of some inflammatory bowel conditions, decreasing the risk of certain cancers, decreasing microbes that cause dental caries in the mouth, and keeping healthy people healthy.
Clinical Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics have a beneficial effect on specific pathologic conditions. Many studies support the use of probiotics for digestive health. Probiotics may also help prevent traveler's diarrhea and antibiotic-related diarrhea.
Immune System Health
Beneficial bacteria keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
Candida: Beneficial bacteria such as L. acidophilus and other strains of bacteria may help to keep candida yeast in check. Probiotics help to keep candida from over-colonizing in the digestive tract.
Mental Well Being
Research shows that the gut and brain are connected and it is called the gut-brain axis. Research has found that probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function and lower stress and anxiety.
Choosing a Probiotic
Choosing a probiotic can be challenging, but Pathway has introduced 7 new probiotic supplements tailored to specific needs.
1. Organic Kids Comfort – 5 Billion Probiotic plus Vitamins C & D
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that promote digestive and immune health. Research shows that there are many health benefits to supporting the gut microbiome, especially during early development. Organic Kids Comfort is a great tasting formula that is designed to meet the unique needs of children. Each chewable tablet provides 5 billion CFUs,14 probiotic strains, organic, plant-sourced vitamins C and D, as well as an organic prebiotic fiber blend. Available in two flavors, natural berry and natural strawberry banana.
2. Mood Formula – 50 Billion Probiotic
Research continues to uncover the importance of the gut-brain connection (two-way communication link between the GI and the central nervous system) and the role that the gut microbiome plays in health and disease. Mood Formula contains specific strains of probiotics clinically shown to support mood, emotional well-being, and relaxation. It also contains an organic prebiotic fiber blend to help sustain microflora balance, as well as a blend of nutrients and herbs to promote a healthy stress response.
3. Urinary Formula – 50 Billion Probiotic
Urinary Formula is designed to support urinary tract, digestive, and immune health. Key ingredients include organic vitamin D3, clinically studied probiotic strains, a prebiotic fiber blend, as well as Cran-Max® Cranberry, a pure cranberry concentrate, shown to promote urinary health.
4. Women’s 85 Billion Probiotic
This whole food probiotic formula is designed to specifically meet the needs of women and support vaginal health and overall digestive function. Women's 85 Billion Probiotic contains organic food-sourced vitamins and minerals, a blend of organic fruits, veggies and mushrooms, probiotic strains derived from kefir cultures, and an ultra-digestive enzyme blend.
5. Active Women’s 50+ 85 Billion Probiotic Formula
Designed specifically for women age 50 and over, this comprehensive formula helps to optimize digestion and absorption, and support colon health, bowel regularity, and immune strength. Active Women's 50+ 85 Billion Probiotic features whole-food sourced vitamins and minerals, a blend of organic fruits, veggies and mushrooms, a blend of high-potency probiotics from kefir, as well as digestive enzymes.
6. Men’s 85 Billion Probiotic
Men’s 85 Billion Probiotic Formula is designed to meet the needs of men and promote colon, immune, prostate, and heart health, as well as support overall digestion and absorption. It features whole-food sourced vitamins and minerals, a blend of organic fruits, veggies and mushrooms, a blend of high-potency probiotics from kefir, as well as digestive enzymes.
7. Active Men’s 50+ 85 Billion Probiotic Formula
Designed specifically for men over 50, this high-potency probiotic formula helps to optimize digestion and absorption, colon health, and immune strength. Active Men's 50+ 85 Billion Probiotic features whole-food sourced vitamins and minerals, a blend of organic fruits, veggies and mushrooms, a blend of high-potency probiotics from kefir, as well as digestive enzymes.
Need help choosing the right one? Contact Village Gree Apothecary for help with finding the right probiotic for your needs.
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