Health Vitamins & Nutrition Centre, Langley BC
PB 7 & PB 11 T The Rescue
Hippocrates said let food be thy medicine and medicine be

thy food. Unfortunately, many people have lost site of this

and constantly fill their guts with overly processed, high sugar,

pesticide ridden, and bacteria promoting foods. Many people

think that if they take an antacid for their gastro-esophageal

reflux issues or a laxative for their constipation that this is

treating the issue. This is most often a Band-Aid solution. The

underlying cause generally remains. A treatment aimed at

getting to the root of the cause would begin by making changes

to promote a healthy gut. A naturopathic approach would

certainly start with diet. Another immediate recommendation

would be a good probiotic.

Gut flora does not just affect the gut! It is key to our immune

system, weight management, skin health and ultimately our

ability to absorb nutrients from our foods. Naka Pro PB7 and

Pro PB11 capsules are both multi-strain probiotics that also

contain L-glutamine. Naka Pro PB7 powder contains all of the

probiotic strains found in Pro PB7 capsules, L-Glutamine as

well as inulin.

When choosing a probiotic it is important to choose one that

has multiple strains as our guts naturally contain hundreds

of strains with affinities for different parts of the intestine and

different therapeutic actions. It is also important to make sure

you are getting a strong therapeutic dose. A general daily

dose of 15-30 billion organisms is sufficient. If you are dealing

with concerns like Ulcerative Colitis, Crohns, chronic yeast

infections, recovery from antibiotics as well as some other

issues, the dose may need to be adjusted upward.

When probiotics are suggested it is quite common for an

individual to say they do not require probiotics because they

eat yogurt or other fermented foods. These foods are a good

addition to ones diet, assuming they are not full of sugar like

most yogurts on the market. Another problem is that these

foods do not generally provide an adequate dose of probiotics

to maintain gut flora. If you consider that the intestines are

the part of the body with the largest surface area exposed

to environmental pathogens, toxins, bacteria and viruses, it

is no surprise that something stronger than the number of

organisms found in yogurt would be required. The human

body contains 100 trillion cells and about 10 times this number

of microorganisms can be found in the intestines. The micro

flora of the intestine is sometimes referred to as the forgotten

organ as it plays so many roles in maintaining health. As

mentioned, some of these roles are: development of the

immune system, absorption and production of vitamins and

preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. Probiotics are like

the bodys own antibiotic system. Considering the importance

of micro flora, it is unfortunate that this is an area that is

often neglected and abused through poor lifestyle choices,

environmental exposures and medications.

When choosing a probiotic for this vital organ it is important

to choose a quality multi-strain product like Naka Pro PB7 or

Pro PB11. People often have misconceptions about what a

probiotic strain is. Most people think Lactobacillus acidophilus

is a strain. In fact, Lactobacillus is the genus, acidophilus is the

species and La-14 is the strain. Not all probiotic strains of a

particular genus will be efficacious. In order to be considered

viable the probiotic must withstand passage through the

gastrointestinal tract and be able to colonize the intestine. This

means the strains must be able to withstand both acid and bile

as well as adhere to the intestinal walls.

TO THE RESCUE!

Gut health is a major component of our immune system that is often

overlooked. Gastrointestinal issues are among the most common

health complaints. This could be anything from constipation, diarrhea,

gas, bloating, acid reflux, stomach pain, belching, nausea and more.

Constipation

Gas

Bloating

Diarrhea

Indigestion

Acid reflux

Bad breath

Yeast infections

Eczema

Frequent illnesses


PB7 & PB11

MULTI-STRAIN

Studies have shown that there could be up to one thousand

different types of bacteria found in the human gut. Less than

fifty types of bacteria make up ninety percent of what is found

in the human intestine. Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus

bacteria are among the largest groups of that ninety percent.

When choosing a probiotic it is important to choose one with

multiple strains as they serve different functions.

Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus bacteria are also found

outside of the gut in the vagina, urogenital tract and mouth.

These strains, as well as others, are used to restore good

bacteria after it has been killed or depleted by diarrhea,

radiation, chemotherapy, antibiotics and environmental

exposures. These probiotics are also efficacious in the

treatment of travellers diarrhea and ulcerative colitis. As we

discussed previously, probiotics are important for immunity.

Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus are used in the prevention

and treatment of colds and flus as well as skin conditions,

yeast infections, lactose intolerance and cancer. In Naka Pro

PB7 and Pro PB11 you will find a number of Bifidobacterium

strains, Lactobacillus strains, as well as others. All of the

strains are acid and bile resistant and have demonstrated

excellent adhesion to human epithelial cells. The strains used

are also resistant to many antibiotics and have been shown to

inhibit the following common bacterial pathogens: Salmonella

typhimurium, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli (E.

Coli), and Listeria monocytogenes. Aside from the above

commonalities a few specific actions of each of these strains

are the following:

Bifidobacterium breve (Bb-03)-Bifidobacteria genus of

probiotics were first discovered in 1899. They have the greatest

presence in the intestine of breast fed infants and it has been

suggested that Bifidobacterium strains are responsible for

increasing breast fed childrens resistance to various diseases.

These strains are not only responsible for health in infants, but

greater quantities are associated with increased health in adults

at well. As we age, these probiotics become less prevalent in

the gut and supplementation can help to promote the type of

resistance experienced during infancy. Bifidobacterium breve

(Bb-03) is considered a champion among probiotic strains for

its ability to break down certain foods including plant fibres that

are normally not digestible.

Bifidobacterium lactis HN019-this probiotic is particularly

helpful for those who suffer from constipation or long

intestinal transit times. One problem with longer transit times

is an increase in compounds that can lead to colorectal

conditions like colon cancer. This probiotic strain has been

clinically shown to improve whole gut transit time (WGTT).

WGTT effects enterohepatic bile acid and steroid hormone

circulation as well as colonic pH and short chain fatty acid

concentrations. This suggests a possible association with

an increased risk of gallstones, breast and bowel cancer in

those with slower WGTT. Therefore, decreasing the transit

time can have long-term preventative implications. This strain

is also helpful for acting on the immune system by improving

leukocyte activity in adults.

Bifidobacterium longum (Bl-05)-this human strain promotes

resistance to disease by strengthening the immune system.

Bifidobacterium bifidum/B. lactis (Bb-02) has been found in

studies to attenuate Ulcerative Colitis.

Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. Lactis (BI-04) is a human

strain that enhances the immune system as well as provides

anti-inflammatory action. This is helpful for those who suffer

from issues like Crohns disease.

Lactobacillus acidophilus (La-14) is a human strain that

improves the immune system as well as breaks down oxalic

acid, which can lead to kidney stones and renal failure.

Lactobacillus casei (Lc-11) is a strain that has been found to

be particularly stimulating to the immune system, helpful for

lactose intolerance and potentially able to decrease the risk of

bladder cancer.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus (Lr-32) is particularly helpful in the

prevention and treatment of diarrhea. This strain also promotes

GI health through increasing intestinal cell replication. It is also

used to expel parasites from the body.

Lactobacillus salivarius (Ls-33)-this specific strain also exerts

immuno-modulating and anti-inflammatory actions on the

intestinal mucosa reducing symptoms of issues like colitis and

protecting from inflammatory processes in the intestine.

Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM)-this is an extensively

researched human probiotic strain with many health benefits.

It has antimicrobial action against many food borne pathogens

and other bacteria. It also has the ability to bind environmental

toxins. This strain has an increased ability to lower levels of

Candida albicans, the opportunistic fungus that is responsible

for symptoms of candidiasis. It is also helpful for enhancing

the immune system and protecting against systemic infections.

There is also evidence that it can help reduce the activity of

carcinogenic compounds sometimes found in the intestine. In

individuals with small bowel bacterial overgrowth, something

often present in those with renal failure, serum levels of the

carcinogens dimethylamine and nitrosodimethylamine are

reduced. It is also helpful for treating diarrhea as well as

constipation, particularly when combined with the probiotic

strain Bifidobacterium lactis HN019.

Streptococcus thermophiles (St-21) has been effective in

preventing nitrates from being converted to cancer causing

nitrites. This strain produces lactase which helps those who are

lactose intolerant to more easily digest dairy products. It also

has anti-inflammatory effects in the intestine.



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