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probiotics

Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms, including Lactobacillus species, Bifidobacterium species and yeasts, which may beneficially affect the host upon ingestion by improving the balance of the intestinal microflora. The intestinal microflora are important for maturation of the immune system, the development of normal intestinal morphology and in order to maintain a chronic and immunologically balanced inflammatory response. The microflora reinforces the barrier function of the intestinal mucosa, helping in the prevention of the attachment of pathogenic microorganisms and the entry of allergens. Some members of the microflora may contribute to the body's requirements for certain vitamins, including biotin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B12. Alteration of the microbial flora of the intestine, such as may occur with antibiotic use, disease and aging, can negatively affect its beneficial role.

Probiotics are also called colonic foods. They may have antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, anticarcinogenic, antidiarrheal, antiallergenic and antioxidant activities. While there are 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. Our stomachs and intestines are populated by hundreds of billionsof these bacteria, or microflora. These bacteria aid the digestion of food and have protective qualities that contribute to good colon health.

Acidophillus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) is a lactic acid producing bacteria thought to have beneficial effects on digestion and overall health. It is the most commonly used Probiotics. Such healthy bacteria inhabit the intestines and vagina and protect against the entrance and proliferation of "bad" organisms that can cause disease. This is accomplished through a variety of mechanisms. For example, the breakdown of food by L. acidophilus leads to production of lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and other byproducts that make the environment hostile for undesired organisms. It also produces lactase, the enzyme that breaks down milk sugar (lactose) into simple sugars. People who are lactose intolerant do not produce this enzyme. For this reason, L. acidophilus supplements may be beneficial for these individuals. The primary dietary sources of L. acidophilus include milk enriched with acidophilus, yogurt containing live L. acidophilus cultures, miso, and tempeh. Acidophilus can help protect the body against harmful bacteria, parasites, and other organisms. It also plays an important role in digestion, helping to produce a number of chemicals which aid in the digestion process. Some health professionals claim that Acidophilus aids the digestive process, helps correct constipation, diarrhea, mucous colitis and diverticulitis, reduces blood cholesterol, enhances the absorption of nutrients, sweetens bad breath, treats acne and other skin disorders, conquers harmful bacteria and certain viruses, helps alleviate candidiasis and other vaginal infections, and may even prevent cancer.

References:
PDR Health. http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/nutsupdrugs/pro_0034.shtml
Now Foods. http://www.nowfoods.com/?action=itemdetail&item_id=11091
University of Maryland Medical Center. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/lactobacillus-000310.htm

Acidophilus, 4X6, 60 Capsules, by Now Foods

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Acidophilus and Bifidus, 8 Billion, 60 Capsules, by Now Foods

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Acidophilus Probiotic, 100 mg, 100 Capsules, by Natrol

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Acidophilus Strawberry, Chewable, with Bifidus, 100 Wafers, by American Health

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BioBeads Probiotic Acidophilus, 90 Beads, by Natrol

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CanineDophilus, For Dogs, 20 ml Plastic Syringe, by Natren

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DDS-100 Acidophilus, with FOS, 2.5 oz Powder, by UAS Laboratories

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DDS-100 Acidophilus, with FOS, 100 Capsules, by UAS Laboratories

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DDS-60 Acidophilus, with FOS, 60 Capsules, by UAS Laboratories

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DDS-Plus, Acidophilus Bifidus FOS, 100 VegCaps, by UAS Laboratories

Retail: $33.69 Our Price!: $20.75 , 2 for $40.41, 6 for $113.65
DDS-Plus, Acidophilus Bifidus FOS, 2.5 oz Powder, by UAS Laboratories

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Probiotic Acidophilus, Banana, 16 oz Liquid, by American Health

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Probiotic Acidophilus, Blueberry, 16 oz Liquid, by American Health

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Probiotic Acidophilus, Original, 16 oz Liquid, by American Health

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Probiotic Acidophilus, Strawberry, 16 oz Liquid, by American Health

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Probiotic Defense, 90 VegiCaps, by Now Foods

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Super Probiotic, High Endurance Formula, 30 Veg Capsules, by Twinlab

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