Our digestive tract is one place where our bodies come into direct contact with pathogens from the outside world. So it is not surprising that about three-quarters of our immune system is found in our gut where beneficial microbes play a major role in keeping us safe from the threat of foreign organisms. They are also part of our gut defense barrier that helps prevent inflammation, food allergies and leaky gut. Probiotic organisms also enhance digestion and absorption, produce enzymes, nutrients and other beneficial substances that enhance our health as well theirs.
Jarro-Dophilus + FOS is a synbiotic blend of six strains of probiotic bacteria plus FOS, fructooligosaccharides, a prebiotic. The word “synbiotic” means a combination of probiotic microorganisms with prebiotic fiber that promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria. This formula combines clinically documented subspecies of both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria strains to support digestive health in the small and large intestines. Another benefit is that all these strains are colony-forming units (CFUs), which is to say that they stick around and reproduce.
- Bifidobacteria longum BB536 — Over 30 years of research have shown this strain to be effective for antibiotic-related diarrhea. It colonizes in the intestines, promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria and stimulates immune response. It also impacts IgE antibody levels in the respiratory tract.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14 — This well-known microbe breaks down lactose (milk sugar), converts carbohydrates into lactic acid through fermentation (breaking down complex molecules), promotes bowel regularity and stimulates healthy immune response. It is helpful for diarrhea caused by antibiotic use.
- B. lactis Bl-04 — This microorganism exhibits strong adhesion to intestinal cells an can be useful for antibiotic-related diarrhea. It enhances and supports the immune system and modulates interleukin-10 (IL-10) activity. IL-10 is a cytokine (protein secreted by immune cells) that tells the immune system to back off when it threatens the host.
- L. rhamnosus R0011 — Another strain that is helpful against diarrhea caused by antibiotics and also for colitis. It produces polysaccharides that encourage colonization and stimulate intestinal immune response.
- L. casei R0215 — This very adaptive organism ferments dairy, produces lactic and folic acids and promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria. It also stimulates mucosal production.
- L. plantarum R1012 — This beneficial microbe has a high survival rate in a variety of ecological niches throughout the gastrointestinal tract including both aerobic and anaerobic environments. It can be helpful for people who suffer from colitis.
- FOS — A fructooligosaccharide from inulin found in the chicory plant. It is a non-digestible carbohydrate that, like dietary fiber, does not increase blood glucose levels. It is included in probiotic supplements because it literally feeds the beneficial organisms and promotes their growth while decreasing harmful organisms and increasing gastrointestinal immunity. FOS creates butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that nourishes gut cells and improves the health of the colony. FOS also increases absorption of minerals like calcium and iron. Additionally, FOS maintains healthy pH balance in the gut, enhances colon function and bulks the stool.
- Keep refrigerated.