An effective digestive system is closely linked to several other bodily functions, the immune system in particular which houses nearly 80% of the body’s immune cells in the digestive tract. Scientists have also linked the digestive system to numerous other health conditions such as allergies, obesity as well as anxiety and depression1,2,3. This is no surprise as nearly 90% of the body’s serotonin (happy hormone) is made in the digestive tract.
The main aspect of digestive health that matters is the balance of the naturally occurring beneficial bacteria in the gut, collectively termed as the gut microflora. Keeping the balance involves helping healthy, beneficial bacteria to thrive and survive and to keep unfriendly, harmful bacteria at a minimum.
Probiotics are extremely beneficial in restoring and maintaining this balance by repopulating the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria. The World Health Organisation defines probiotics as “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”4. They can be consumed via probiotic supplements or foods such as fermented foods (sauerkraut, pickles), kefir, kombucha, yoghurt or other commercial foods with added active cultures.
FUTURELIFE® BRAN FLAKES WITH PROBIOTIC SACHETS
What are HOWARU® Premium Probiotics?
HOWARU® Premium Probiotics is a blend of clinically studied probiotics that has been scientifically formulated to contain 2 of the most studied probiotic strains for gut and immune health, Lactobacillus Acidophilus NCFM® and Bifidobacterium Lactis HN019™. Each 1g sachet contains 1 billion CFU (colony forming units) HOWARU® Premium Probiotics at time of manufacture. This blend of HOWARU® Premium Probiotics helps to deliver healthy digestion and natural immunity in one convenient supplement5,6.
FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets is designed with a ‘2in1’ format simply because you can’t put probiotics through the same heat processing treatments as bran as the live probiotic cultures would be destroyed. HOWARU® Premium Probiotics have been packed in individually wrapped foil sachets that provide:
- Portion controlled servings of probiotics.
- The correct environment to protect the sensitive probiotics.
- Each sachet is nitrogen flushed and packed in a GMP facility to help preserve the number and viability of the probiotics.
The concept of ‘2in1’ may also be translated to one product providing both prebiotics (wheat bran in the fibre flake) and probiotics (in sachets) which together could work as a symbiotic. While probiotics are live microorganisms that are beneficial to the body, prebiotics are the fuel that feeds probiotics, maximizing their ability to restore balance of the digestive system’s good bacteria.
Digestive & immune health benefits of HOWARU® Premium Probiotics
Several human intervention trials have demonstrated that L. Acidophilus NCFM® and B. Lactis HN019™ can balance gut microflora by competing for resources and space against harmful bacteria and therefore resulting in enhanced levels of beneficial bacteria. A clinical trial has also shown that B. Lactis HN019™ can reduce the time matter takes to pass through the colon, which leads to digestive comfort and reduced risk of colon cancer as there is less exposure of waste to the colon5,6.
There are also several high quality human clinical studies looking at the activity of important cells of the immune system, such as phagocytic and natural killer cells. These studies show that there is a significant improvement in the activity of these cells which demonstrates that B. Lactis HN019™ contributes to the strengthening of the body’s natural defenses5,6.
What else does FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets contain?
FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes are made predominantly from natural wheat bran which is a concentrated source of insoluble fibre. Wheat bran has been extensively studied and found to provide health benefits in terms of prevention of diseases such as colon and breast cancer, obesity, cardiovascular and digestive diseases.
FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets is high in dietary fibre, providing 11.7g per 45g serving, and it also boasts the following features:
- Source of protein (6.1g per 45g serving) and contains 19 amino acids
- High in energy and carbohydrates
- Contains 38 key nutrients
- High in 12 vitamins and a source of 3 minerals
- Low in saturated fat with only 0.3g of saturated-, and 1.4g of total- fat per serving
- Free from lactose, soy, cholesterol, trans fatty acids and tartrazine.
For more information on FUTURELIFE® Bran Flakes with Probiotic Sachets as well as all the other products in the FUTURELIFE® range, please visit www.futurelife.co.za.
- C Stevenson, R Blaauw. Probiotics, with special emphasis on their role in the management of irritable bowel sundrome. S Afr J Clin Nutr. 2011;24(2):63-73
- Y Koodia et al. Effect of Lactobacillus gasseriSBT2055 in fermented milk on abdominal adiposity in adults in a randomised controlled trial. Brit J of Nutr (2013); 110:1696–1703.