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Research indicates that a minimum daily serving of probiotics which supports optimal digestive and immune system function is 10 billion CFUs, especially Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as these are the most commonly used strains [1, 2].
Probiotics are commonly added to supplements for digestive and immune support, and they are often recommended when people are experiencing diarrhea due to antibiotics [3-5]. Similarly, probiotics are frequently suggested for people who frequently experience intestinal problems due to issues that are related to the improper digestion of food or nutrients .
Research has demonstrated that prebiotics (e.g.,) enhance the growth and activity of probiotics. Probiotics also improve the body's ability to combat microorganisms (e.g., Candida) as well as the body's response to allergens, especially cat and dog hair, pollen, and dust mites, by thickening the viscosity of the airway's mucosal lining and disrupting the production of pro-inflammatory proteins .
Probiotics help support heart health by improving the body's ability to degrade cholesterol as well as increasing nutrient absorption, which subsequently enhances weight control [13, 14]. Probiotic supplementation also supports optimal hormone levels and in doing so supports vaginal health .
Probiotics in combination with digestive enzymes (e.g., lactase, protease) support proper digestion and an active lifestyle by increasing the number of good bacteria in the gut . This targets digestive issues that may cause bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, etc.; all of which may lead to decreased physical activity . Similarly, probiotics release enzymes that disrupt the growth and activity of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi (Candida), or viruses which can also cause illnesses or infections that subsequently reduce activity levels [1, 9-11].
In addition, probiotics enhance the body's ability to absorb nutrients (e.g., Vitamin C, D, E, B vitamins, Calcium etc.), which are known to boost energy levels [7, 12].
Furthermore, probiotics improve respiratory health by increasing the thickness of the protective mucus that lines the airways . This causes harmful invaders to become trapped in the mucus and excreted before they can initiate an illness. Probiotics also stimulate the production of natural killer cells and white blood cells that target infection-causing invaders that would otherwise lead to infections [10, 11]. Improved respiratory health due to probiotic supplementation is associated with heighted physical performance .
Furthermore, clinical research indicates that probiotics support heart health by promoting the breakdown of cholesterol, triglycerides, and body fat in obese individuals and influencing the way cholesterol is absorbed in the gut [13, 14].
Probiotic supplementation also targets stress-induced immune system problems as well as hormonal imbalances, the latter of which helps promotes optimal vaginal health .
Prebiotics (e.g., fiber) provide nutrients that enhance the growth and activity of the probiotics .
Adults take 1 capsule daily. May be taken with or without food. Capsules can be opened. Contents can be taken directly with water or juice. Not intended for children. As with any dietary supplement, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, anticipate surgery, take medication on a regular basis or are otherwise under medical supervision. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing.
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