Published: Nov 22, 2013
Author: BioCeuticals - Editor
BioCeuticals’ probiotic supplements have been on the market for several years and, during these years, we’ve built a reputation as market leaders in probiotic supplements. Our products are trusted for the research behind each formulation and the years of therapeutic benefit they’ve provided to thousands of patients.
Of course, the success of a product doesn’t just rely on how effective it is. Equally as important is how convenient the product is for patients to use. Dairy-free probiotics give lactose-intolerant and dairy-allergic individuals greater choice, and heat-stability allows the probiotics to be kept out of the fridge.
BioCeuticals is proudly a member of the International Probiotics Association (IPA), which assists in establishing high standards for probiotic supplements. The organisation is equally devoted to industry and academia, with a strong focus on the latest probiotic breakthroughs. IPA aims to educate consumers on the proven health benefits of probiotics, putting forth unbiased information to its international members.
What are human strains of probiotics?
You may have heard the terms “human strains” and “human-derived strains” used to describe the formulas of specific probiotic supplements.
All probiotic strains used in BioCeuticals supplements are human-derived. However, as qualified healthcare practitioners with clinical experience, you would be aware that there is no such thing as a “human strain” of probiotics. Humans gain their probiotic bacteria from their parents, the food they consume, their environment, animals and everything with which they come into contact. Most probiotics are not of human origin; the bacteria choose to live inside the human – the host – but the strains originate from the environment.1-3
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of probiotics, issued in 2001 is as follows: “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a beneficial health effect on the host.”3,4
Do humans need a diverse range of probiotic strains?
Bacteria are opportunistic organisms that seek to live in an environment that best suits their survival. Bacteria is ubiquitous and is found in our soils, on our fruit and vegetables, fermented foods and even in the air. To say that we need to stay away from probiotic supplements that are not “human strains” would also mean we should stop eating yoghurt, sauerkraut, kefir and so on...
As many as 1000, and possibly many more, strains of helpful bacteria reside inside each one of us.5 We need bacterial biodiversity in our gut. We need to consume millions of different bacterial organisms for our health. Problems can only arise when the balance is disturbed.
Some of natural medicine’s most widely used and researched probiotic supplements are not human-derived strains. For example, Lactobacillus plantarum is a plant-derived probiotic strain. The commonly used Saccharomyces boulardii is one of the most researched strains in the world and yet it is of fruit origin not human-derived.
The International Probiotics Association advocates the benefits of multistrain probiotics:
“Take a broad number if you are taking them to maintain general good health. Use specific kinds if 5 you are targeting a certain condition or disease.”
At BioCeuticals we use multistrain probiotic formulas. Supplementation with a blend of probiotics is shown to better reflect the biodiversity required to achieve homeostasis in the human gut.
BioCeuticals scientific research
BioCeuticals has established research relationships with the University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital, as well as Cultech and UK universities and hospitals to test a number of BioCeuticals probiotics supplements.
All BioCeuticals probiotic supplements are formulated based on available scientific studies, so you know there is evidence that each ingredient has a therapeutic effect. But, of course, you’d feel even more confident in your supplement if you knew that particular formulation and that particular brand had been put to the test. That’s why BioCeuticals has been investing in clinical trials for its probiotic supplements.
What to look for in a probiotic supplement:
Ellis RJ, Bruce KD, Jenkins C, et al. Comparison of the distal gut microbiota from people and animals in Africa. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(1):e54783.
Azizpour K, Bahrambeygi S, Mahmoodpour S, et al. History and basic of probiotics. Res J Biological Sci 2009;4(4):409-426.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization. Health and nutritional properties of probiotics in food including powder milk and live lactic acid bacteria, 2001.
History. IPA (International Probiotics Association). Viewed 22 October 2013, http://www.internationalprobiotics.org/blog/history/
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Williams EA, Stimpson J, Wang D, et al. Clinical trial: a multistrain probiotic preparation significantly reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in a double- blind placebo-controlled study. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2009;29(1):97-103
Shing CM, Peake JM, Briskey D, et al. Response to exercise in the heat following a period of probiotics supplementation. School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania, 2011 (presented at the European College of Sport Science 16th Annual Congress, Liverpool, UK, Jul 2011).