Probiotics are “live” microorganisms, which offer a health benefit on the host, and are available in foods and dietary supplements. Examples of foods containing probiotics are yoghurt, fermented and unfermented milk, miso, tempeh, kefir, kombucha and some juices and soy beverages. In probiotic foods and supplements, the bacteria may have been present originally or added during preparation. Most probiotics are bacteria similar to those naturally found in people’s guts, and often, the bacteria come from two groups, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium. It is important to know about the specific strain because they all have different effects. Probiotics do not all work in the same way and bring about the different benefits, so it is important to look at the different strains for your specific needs.
There are several reasons that people are interested in probiotics for health purposes. Friendly bacteria are vital to proper development of the immune system, to protection against microorganisms that could cause disease, and to the digestion and absorption of food and nutrients. Interactions between a person and the microorganisms in their body, and among the microorganisms themselves, can be crucial to health and well-being. What’s more, probiotics are safe for both adults and children.
A general daily recommendation for probiotics cannot be established because dosage and duration of use depends on the specific probiotic strain and the health condition. Very few studies have shown benefit from probiotics in doses less than 100 million CFU/day however dosage recommendations may range from >100 million and can even go up to 1 trillion CFU/day. When taken on a regular basis, probiotics should improve or normalise the microbial balance in the human intestines and thereby improve the functioning of the gut. A minimum of 1 billion CFUs of selected strains should be provided daily. In FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets, 1g sachet of HOWARU® Premium Probiotics provides 1 billion CFUs per serving.
Uses of probiotics for which there is evidence from studies of specific probiotic formulations are:
- To treat diarrhoea (this is the strongest area of evidence)
- To prevent and treat infections of the urinary tract or female genital tract
- To treat irritable bowel syndrome
- To reduce recurrence of bladder cancer
- To shorten the duration of intestinal infection by a bacterium called Clostridium difficile
- To prevent and manage a topic dermatitis (eczema) in children
- To promote antioxidant enzymes and reduce inflammation caused by oxidative stress (this would be especially beneficial for athletes).
FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets contains the two strains Lactobacillus Acidophilus NCFM® and Bifidobacterium Lactis HN019™. Scientific evidence has shown these specific strains to provide digestive health benefits by enhancing the levels of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract as well as immune health benefits by increasing the activity of immune cells, thereby strengthening the body’s natural immune defence system.
The probiotics are packed separately in FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes because probiotics cannot go through the same heat processing treatment as bran, otherwise the live cultures would be destroyed. The probiotics are individually wrapped in foil sachets, which provide portion-controlled servings of probiotics, and the right environment to protect the sensitive probiotics. Each sachet is then nitrogen flushed and packed in a GMP facility to help preserve the number and viability of the probiotic strains.
Having a bowl of FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets not only helps create a healthy gut, but the high fibre content also promotes digestive health, as well as heart health.