Erin Stokes, Naturopathic Doctor, MegaFood Medical Director | November 2018
The probiotic lowdown
Probiotic supplements support healthy digestion and healthy immune function.* They can also help maintain a balance of healthy microflora.* Now, recent research is showing that the effects of probiotics may extend far beyond what we previously thought, into the realms of immune health, digestive health, and even women-specific health support.* Perhaps you’ve been taking a probiotic supplement for some time now and would like to take things up to the next level and customize your formula for your unique needs.
Shelf Stable probiotics, personalized to meet your needs!
Our new probiotic blends take our MegaFlora collection in a condition-specific direction, allowing you to optimize certain health components that can benefit from particular prebiotic and probiotic support.* It’s gut love plus one. Here’s a highlight of each new option:
Gut love plus digestive health*
Stomach acid is powerful, and usually that’s a good thing, since that acid has protective mechanisms in our bodies. When it comes to probiotics though, you don’t want your stomach acid killing off good bacteria. That’s why our Digestive Health* Shelf-Stable Probiotics contain 13 acid-resistant probiotic strains with 5 billion CFU, each specifically chosen for their role in support daily gut health.*
Gut love plus urinary health*
Often women will find themselves taking a probiotic supplement, and then an additional cranberry supplement to promote a healthy urinary tract. With Women's Health* Shelf-Stable Probiotics, you can support gut microflora with 14 acid-resistant probiotic strains and support a healthy urinary tract with CRAN d’Or™.* CRAN d’Or is a trusted whole fruit cranberry with 7% proanthocyanidins. What are proanthocyanidins? They are health promoting plant pigments that give red and blue fruits their distinctive color.*
Gut love plus immune health*
It’s now widely known that a diverse and healthy microbiome is needed for optimal immune function.* In fact, the gut microbiota is literally referred to as the “forgotten organ” and communicates directly with the immune system. And, did you know that almost 70% of the cells of the immune system actually reside within the gut itself? All the more reason to give your immune system an extra boost with a balanced formulation of protective probiotics including Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus and Propionibacterium freudenreichii.* MegaFood Immune Defense* Shelf-Stable Probiotics also contain strains that have demonstrated epithelial adherence, meaning that they attach to the cells lining the gut (that’s a good thing)!*
Do I truly need a supplement?
Food is always first! And we can eat more probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and fermented soy. However, most Americans don’t eat these foods regularly and with the variety needed to support a healthy microbiome. A supplemental probiotic can help maintain a healthy flora balance* and is especially important for restoring that balance after any number of disruptions to the digestive tract. It’s also worth noting that conventional agricultural practices include applications of herbicides, like glyphosate, which is a broad-spectrum antibiotic itself.1 As glyphosate residue ends up in our food, it can impart a negative effect on our digestive health.
As the world of probiotic supplements is evolving rapidly, it’s becoming increasingly easier to find the right probiotic tailored to your individual needs. To ensure your good bacteria flourishes to its best potential, and to specifically promote healthy digestion,* immune health,* or women’s health,* MegaFood’s line of probiotics is a trusted choice.
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1 Interdiscip Toxicol. 2013 Dec; 6(4): 159–184. Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance. Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff.