Did you know that poor
digestive function is a contributing factor in more than ninety percent of
America's serious health issues. The waiting rooms of doctors are jam-packed,
in part because so many people are suffering from gastrointestinal problems. The
medical establishment and alternative health and wellness practitioners don't
always agree, but both sides are certain that a healthy digestive system is the
cornerstone of good health. Proteins, the building blocks of life;
carbohydrates and fats, your body's source of energy; vitamins and minerals;
and water - all are assimilated through digestion.
If you're not properly
digesting the foods you eat, your body isn't obtaining the nutrients it needs
to repair, renew and thrive. Without the raw materials it needs to repair the
damage we do to ourselves every day, your body begins to break down, leading to
poor health and accelerated aging. While there is a multitude of factors
involved in healthy digestive function, one of the most important is the delicate
balance of bacteria found in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
There are three main
types of flora in the human GI tract - Bifidobacteria, Bacteroides and
Eubacterium. Of slightly less importance are Lactobacilli, Streptococci and
Peptococci and other transitory flora1. Our stomachs and intestines are
populated by hundreds of billions of these bacteria or microflora. Amazingly,
there are more probiotic organisms in our gut than there are cells in our
bodies! That's a lot of bacteria, but its GOOD bacteria and each strain has
specific functions in the human body. These bacteria aid the digestion of food
and have protective qualities that contribute to good colon health. While a
good balance of these different micro floras are necessary, there are many
factors that can, and do, disrupt this balance -certain medications, a poor
diet, infection, stress, bad bacteria, aging and even the climate. The good
news is a rapidly expanding body of research suggests that supplementing the
diet with the right mix of microflora can have a beneficial effect on
gastrointestinal function, and therefore overall health.
Dophilus Plus exclusively utilizes the finest strains from Rhodia Incorporated,
the world's leading supplier of high-quality probiotic ingredients, and is
enteric coated to ensure that the bacteria in this product are not destroyed in
stomach acid but reach the small and large intestines where they are most
beneficial. Dophilus Plus is a vegetarian product that contains virtually no lactose.
acidophilus is a well-studied microflora species that are highly resistant to
gastric acidity and is able to proliferate in the presence of bile. Like many
probiotic organisms, it also adheres well to intestinal cells, helping to
prevent the adherence of certain enteropathogens.
Lactobacillus casei is
a microflora strain that is found in the human mouth and intestines as well as
in fermented vegetables, milk and meat. Recent research has shown that this
bacterium is active in the GI tract and may help to modulate the immune system.
Research is continuing into this very promising probiotic.
rhamnosus, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, is highly resistant to gastric
acidity and proliferates well in bile. It, too, adheres well to intestinal
cells. We've included this particular strain because it works extremely well
with L. acidophilus.
salivarius is a strain that has proven highly effective against Helicobacter
pylori, a bacterial species implicated in a number of digestive conditions.
Studies have shown that L. salivarius is capable of producing high amounts of
lactic acid, which has been shown to inhibit H. pylori growth in live subjects.
Compared to other Lactobacillus strains, L. salivarius was proven to have the greatest inhibitory effect on the proliferation of H. pylori, which is why this
strain is included in LifeSource's Dophilus Plus.
thermophilus bacterium is isolated from yogurt and are recommended for lactose
intolerant individuals to help digest lactose in the intestines. This strain is
included in this formula to assist in the acidification of the intestinal
environment, as well as to create a favorable environment for lactic acid
bifidum is one of the workhorses of the large intestine. It has a high tolerance
to gastric acidity, and, like L. acidophilus and many other probiotic
organisms, it adheres well to intestinal cells, helping to prevent the
adherence of certain enteropathogens.
is a bifidobacterium of human origin that, like lactobacillus, is extremely
resistant to gastric acid and bile salts. Because it's anaerobic (able to live
without oxygen) it's perfectly suited to colonize the colon. Initial studies
have shown that this particular strain of bifidobacteria helps to support the
immune system*. It also seems to decrease enzymatic activity in feces.
Researchers believe enzymatic activity in feces may contribute to
is one of the well-studied strains of probiotic bacteria, with a wealth of
peer-reviewed, published research on its benefits. Clinical trials on B. lactis
have shown it to be helpful in a number of digestive conditions, including
diarrhea and lactose intolerance, as well as immune response modulation.
Vitamins Dophilus Plus Probiotic is a combination of 8 different strains of
beneficial bacteria with 4 billion organisms designed to support
gastrointestinal health and immune system function.