THE BIRTH OF PROBIOTICS
Most people are familiar with antibiotics, which physicians prescribe to combat strains of bacteria which cause disease. In contrast, other strains of bacteria promote health and are called probiotics, from the Greek meaning “for life.” Probiotics are live microbial supplements which beneficially affect the host by improving its intestinal balance. Although anecdotal health claims for the regular consumption of cultured dairy products have circulated for centuries, only in this century have scientists begun to understand how these foods support health.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BENEFICIAL BACTERIA
Scientific literature documents the healthful effects of cultured dairy products and/or probiotic supplements in a number of conditions:
- colitis (inflamed colon)
- gastroenteritis (inflamed stomach and intestines)
- infections with pathogenic bacteria and fungi (e.g., yeast infections, infections causing food poisoning, etc.)
- lactose intolerance
- impaired digestion
- cancer, especially colon cancer
- poor utilization of food nutrients
THE PROBIOTIC GAP
The following factors can deplete good bacteria and upset their balance in the intestines:
- antibiotics, which can kill good as well as bad bacteria
- other drugs
- infections (bacterial, viral, and fungal)
- diet (highly processed, low-fibre foods)
- chronic diarrhoea
The intestinal balance between good and bad bacteria in turn can affect:
- nutritional status
- efficacy of medications
- physiological function
- immune response
ACIDOPHILUS PLUS SUPPORTS A HEALTHFUL BALANCE!
Broad spectrum of organisms from the human food chain! Eating many types of cultured milk products from around the world on a daily basis would be an ideal - but impractical - way to consume diverse microorganisms. To provide broad-spectrum support for the health of the gastrointestinal tract, NeoLife has selected and isolated only the best strains used to prepare whole foods: European yoghurt, acidophilus- fermented milk, bifidus-fermented milk, and Yakult, a popular Japanese fermented milk. The identity of all the strains is strictly and continuously controlled to insure that exactly the right strain is present every time. The product delivers five types of lactic acid-producing bacteria in a 1:1:1:1:1 ratio:
Convenient! Whereas dairy products are limited in their shelf-life, NeoLife’s Acidophilus Plus has an extended shelf-life if stored as recommended (i.e., stored in a cool, dry place and refrigerated after opening). And while cultured dairy products can be inconvenient to transport, store, and sometimes, even locate, Acidophilus Plus is easy to take anywhere your busy lifestyle takes you! Taking just one capsule of Acidophilus Plus each day is a convenient way to help maintain a constant, healthful balance of intestinal flora.
Potency guaranteed! NeoLife’s bacterial strains are cultivated under strict conditions to guarantee high levels of active bacteria - much higher numbers than are found in a serving of cultured dairy foods! In fact, one capsule of Acidophilus Plus contains as many beneficial bacteria as 10 one-cup servings of yoghurt or five 226.8g servings of acidophilus milk! Maintaining gastrointestinal health requires the presence of between 100 million and one billion bacteria per day. Each capsule of Acidophilus Plus is filled with five billion viable beneficial bacteria.
Targeted Delivery Technology! Our exclusive Targeted Delivery Technology protects the beneficial bacteria from the harsh, acidic environment of the stomach and maximizes the number of live bacteria that reaches the intestines. To produce Acidophilus Plus, diverse types of lactic acid-producing bacteria are specially processed together with gel-forming polysaccharides, which are insoluble in acidic conditions, and encapsulated in a hard-gelatin capsule. When the capsule encounters the acidic environment of the stomach, it dissolves, and the contents of the capsule form an insoluble matrix which protects the bacteria. When the stomach contents reach the intestines, the Gel-Guard matrix is dissolved, and the bacteria are released. The active cultures are delivered exactly where they must act to exert their healthful effects!