The word probiotic means “for life” and probiotics are good (beneficial) live bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of organisms in the digestive tract. The normal human digestive tract contains about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system.
It has been suggested that probiotics be used to treat problems in the stomach and intestines. But only certain types or strains of bacteria have been shown to work in the digestive tract.
Biogaia® (Lactobacillus reuteri)
BioGaia® is a brand of probiotic supplements with over 20 years of experience. It is used for colic and digestive health. BioGaia products contain Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis, a probiotic bacteria that naturally occurs in the human body.
Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis is a patented probiotic bacteria that has been studied in numerous clinical trials. It has documented health benefits in several areas and is recommended by doctors around the globe. Over 1.5 billion doses have been delivered to people of all ages.
There is a constant battle going on in the digestive tract between good and bad bacteria. Common digestive problems are often a sign that the bad bacteria have the upper hand. The good bacteria, which are natural to the body, need reinforcements. BioGaia helps to restore a natural balance in the digestive tract, and can help calm and protect against digestive distress.
BioGaia is available without a prescription in pharmacies and natural health food stores.
TuZen® is a probiotic supplement used to help reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These symptoms can include cramping, stomach pain, bloating, flatulence, constipation and diarrhea.
TuZen contains Lactobacillus plantarum 299v a probiotic bacteria that is found naturally in the human body. This probiotic strain has the ability to survive as it passes from the stomach into the intestinal tract. It then adheres to the wall of the intestine and forms a barrier against bad or harmful bacteria.
TuZen has been well-researched and its effects have been demonstrated in three different clinical studies.
TuZen is available without a prescription in pharmacies and natural health food stores.
VSL#3® is a high potency blend of 8 different probiotics that has a very high concentration of beneficial (good) bacteria. It is used for the care of patients with an ileal pouch or serious intestinal disorders such as ulcerative colitis.
The probiotic bacteria in VSL#3 were specifically chosen because they can arrive alive in the intestines. They are used to maintain an appropriate balance of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and help protect it from bad bacteria and other substances that can cause inflammation.
VSL#3 has been involved in extensive clinical research particularly in patients with ulcerative colitis or pouchitis. It is intended to be used under a doctor’s supervision.
VSL#3 comes in a powder that is mixed with a cold drink. It is available without a prescription in pharmacies and natural health food stores.