Do You Need Probiotics?
By Michael Shahani, Director of Operations for Nebraska Cultures
Did you know that your body’s largest immune system organ is your intestines? Traditionally, people that have consumed large quantities of probiotic-containing foods have had especially long life spans. In fact, the word “probiotic” literally means “for life”. Unfortunately, most of us no longer have a diet or lifestyle that keep large numbers of these important bacteria in our bodies.
The right probiotic will go to work directly in your intestines to help digest your food and purge wastes from the body. In order to perform these key functions, it is vital to maintain a balance of friendly probiotic bacteria.
Major Factors Affecting Your Natural Balance of Friendly Bacteria:
Without realizing it, every day you eat processed, over-refined, or sterilized foods that destroy the natural balance of healthy flora in your intestines. Even when eating a so-called healthy diet, your body’s flora is bombarded with chemicals, pesticides, and antibiotics that further endanger this delicate balance of friendly bacteria. In addition, most of us don’t eat enough if any of the traditional, naturally fermented foods that contain these bacteria.
Studies have shown that over time, the body becomes less efficient at digesting food and maintaining high levels of probiotics in the intestines.
Stress, alcohol, caffeine, and medications such as antibiotics are killers when it comes to your body’s supply of friendly bacteria. Taking a probiotic supplement can provide your intestines with the vital bacteria it is missing as well as help your body produce its own brand of B vitamins to combat stress and disease.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY:
“I consider probiotics one of the most useful—and underutilized—modalities available for preserving health.”
Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Author of NY Times bestseller,
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“Dr. Khem Shahani truly is the father of today’s probiotic industry. His research and products have helped my clients for over twenty years. Probiotics build health; overuse of antibiotics in animal feed and as ‘people medicine’ eventually destroys health.”
Bonnie C. Minsky, MA, MPH, CNS, LDN
Author of Nutrition in a NutshellandOur Children’s Health
“I believe in the total management of the patient. Probiotics have now become a part of my standard treatment protocol.”
Frederic J. Vagnini, M.D., FACS, FACN
Benefits of Probiotic Supplements
Improve Your Quality of Life
Probiotics play a vital role in the healthy operation of many of our body’s functions. Here are some of the most common and well-researched problems that can be improved with probiotic supplementation:
Control Digestive Problems
Constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and symptoms of IBS are some of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the U.S. Probiotic supplementation helps to build up a healthy supply of good bacteria in the intestine and can be an alternative to over-the-counter remedies. Probiotics are safe and effective at helping to treat these problems without side effects.
Enhances Weight Loss & Weight Maintenance Programs
In Dr. Shahani’s book, Cultivate Health from Within, he reveals research that shows that a major factor in maintaining ideal body weight is to make sure that your digestive system is functioning properly. A healthy digestive system increases energy and improves your metabolism.
Suppress Bad Bacteria
A safer and more effective way of eliminating bad bacteria in the body is by overpowering it with good bacteria. By supplementing with probiotics, there’s little room for unfriendly bacteria to settle in.
Produce natural antibiotic-like substances
In clinical studies, L. Acidophilus DDS-1 has been shown to produce the natural antibiotic-like substance acidophilin, that kills pathogenic bacteria. Just another reason why adding a probiotic supplement to your diet every day can help you maintain optimal health.
Inhibit Tumors and Carcinogenesis
In clinical studies, L. Acidophilus DDS-1 and L. bulgaricus have been shown to inhibit tumor growth and block the formation of carcinogenic compounds in the colon.
Fight yeast and fungal infections
Diets rich in sugar, cortisone and cortisone-like drugs, birth control pills, immunosuppressive drugs and antibiotics, have been major culprits in the “candida epidemic” of today. In Cultivate Health from Within, Dr. Shahani reveals studies that prove the ability of probiotics to stimulate the production of white blood cells in the body that combat candida yeast and fungal infections.
Enhance calcium metabolism
In clinical studies, the DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilus has been shown to increase the body’s ability to absorb and metabolize calcium. This is an incredible advantage for individuals suffering from bone density loss such as osteoporosis and osteopenia. This is also of great benefit for growing young adults and expectant mothers who need lots of calcium.
Improve Immune Function
Since the intestine is the body’s largest immune system organ, its ability to efficiently respond to immune attacks is directly related to its balance of healthy bacteria. Regular probiotic supplementation has been shown to maintain intestinal health and enhance natural immune system response by stimulating the body’s production of NK- and T-cells.
Reduce cholesterol in the blood
In Dr. Shahani’s book, Cultivate Health from Within, he reveals studies that show that L. Acidophilus DDS-1 is a proven aid in the digesting of fats that contribute to the levels of LDL and HDL cholesterol in the blood. Consumption of L. Acidophilus DDS-1 has been associated with the lowering of LDL levels and the increasing of HDL levels in the blood.
Produce B vitamins naturally
L. Acidophilus DDS-1 has been shown to produce B vitamins, which support and increase the rate of metabolism, help maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, and enhance nervous system function. Vitamin B9, or Folic Acid, is essential for children, adults, and especially expectant mothers.
Reduces Skin Problems
Probiotics have been shown to help alleviate skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Help With Liver Function
By detoxifying the blood, B. bifidum and other probiotics help the liver to perform more efficiently and with less strain.
About Nebraska Cultures
Since 1981, Nebraska Cultures has supplied the natural products industry with the finest probiotic cultures – the Dr. Shahani’s® brand – specializing in the DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilus. Nebraska Cultures remains at the forefront of the probiotic industry by performing new research, increasing consumer awareness, growing its business overseas and expanding into functional foods.
As one of the most influential probiotics scientists to date, Dr. Khem Shahani began his landmark research on Lactobacillus acidophilus at the University of Nebraska in the late 1950s. There he discovered a particular strain of L. acidophilus that showed superior growth, stability and nutritional viability. Dr. Shahani would later name the strain DDS-1 for the Department of Dairy Science Number One strain and spend the rest of his career unlocking its potentials for improving overall health.
For more information about the DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilusor Nebraska Cultures, visit: www.nebraskacultures.com or call toll free 1-877-377-4242.