Health begins in the gut, so do many diseases. However, many health problems can be solved by taking probiotics.
The digestive tract contains trillions of bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungi. Some of them are non-pathogenic (“good” microbes) and they make up about 85% of the gut microbiome in healthy individuals. The others cause diseases (“bad” microbes) and they make up 15% of the gut microbiome. People with the right proportion of good and bad microbes are usually healthy while those with imbalance in the gut microbiome suffer from various health problems. Taking probiotics restores balance in the microbiome and leads to better health. Off course consumers ask: “Which probiotic is the best?” – and that is a valid question, as we explain below.
What leads to microbiome imbalance?
The proportion of “good” and “bad” microbes in the gut is disturbed by many factors. Antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, stress, food additives and pollution also kill the good and the bad microbes. Unfortunately, the Western diet has either low or no probiotics so there is no replacement from food. When “bad” microbes are swallowed, they then tend to flourish freely causing many diseases.
What are the effects of imbalance?
Imbalance usually means there are less “good” bacteria than normal and too many “bad” microbes. This leads to frequent infections such as upper respiratory infections. Other problems arising from imbalance are headaches, depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin sensitivity, allergies, stomach pain, bloating, colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome. In the 20th century, many health problems of mysterious origins were finally linked to yeast overgrowth. These were constant fatigue, skin eruptions, nail fungus infections, vaginal infections, urinal tract infections, abdominal pain, bloating, heart disease and weight gain. Such problems can be solved by taking good quality probiotics such as BIO-15 Probiotics.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial for health, especially gut health. When introduced into the digestive tract, they restore balance in the gut flora and improve general health.
What are the benefits of taking BIO-15 Probiotics?
BIO-15 Probiotics contains is made from 180 herbs, plants, berries, and mushrooms which were allowed to ferment over 6 years while soaked in mountain spring water. It contains probiotics, prebiotics, biogenics and supernatant all of which benefit the body. That is why it is called a super probiotic. The process, which was adopted from ancient Japan, allows the organic matter to retain all the friendly bacteria and the supernatant. It also enhances the growth of 15 strains of live viable lactic acid bacteria. Here are the health benefits of BIO-15 Probiotics.
1. Improves digestion
Some of the good bacteria in BIO-15 enhance digestion of proteins and complex carbohydrates. Others help with the fermentation of indigestible fibers which then produce short-chain fatty acids that improve digestive tract health and prevent weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.
2. Improves gut health
By restoring balance in the gut flora, digestion improves and the health of the digestive tract improves. Problems like irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, bloating, stomach pain, and diarrhea are reversed.
3. Prevents yeast overgrowth
Good bacteria from BIO-15 destroy yeast in the gut and prevent yeast overgrowth. This reverses and prevents further incidence of mood swings, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, general inflammation, vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, eczema, psoriasis, joint problems and some gut problems.
4. Improves the immune system
The gut is closely linked to the immune system. The good microbes introduced through BIO-15 communicate with the immune cells and help the body respond to infection. They also destroy the bad microbes introduced into the gut through the mouth and compete with them for food. That way they bring them under control and they fail to establish themselves in the gut.
5. Prevents hypertension
BIO-15 reduces blood pressure. This effect is confirmed by one study in which Lactobacillus from fermented milk lowered blood pressure. BIO-15 also increases vitamin D levels which prevent increase of blood pressure.
6. Prevents heart disease
A balanced microbiome that results from intake of BIO-15 reduces bad cholesterol and prevents accumulation of plaque in the blood vessels. This way it prevents heart disease.
7. Reduces risks of type 2 diabetes
The state of the gut flora imbalance has been linked to type 2 diabetes. It has also been found that a balanced gut microbiome reduces blood sugar levels and the risk of type 2 diabetes.
8. Improves brain health
Probiotics relieve anxiety and depression and improve thinking ability and memory. That is because there is direct communication between the gut microbiome and the brain. Also, certain good bacteria produce neurotransmitters that improve brain health.
9. Improves bone health
Certain good microbes increase calcium absorption leading to stronger bones.
10. Controls body weight
Gut microbes play an important role in weight management. It is suspected that some microbes inhibit the absorption of dietary fat, resulting in less calories in the body.
11. Benefits of the 15 strains of bacteria in BIO-15
BIO-15 contains 15 strains of live friendly bacteria. They adhere to the upper and lower parts of the small intestines and the colon and play a major role in health. Some of them are discussed below.
Bifidobacterium lactis fights tumor growth, enhances immunity and digestive conditions while reducing intestinal permeability, lactose intolerance, allergies, inflammation, total cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
Bifidobacterium bifidum reduces stress, has antioxidant properties, and improves digestive tract disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, upper and lower abdominal pain, IBS and IBD, and bloating.
Lactobacillus acidophilus reduces “bad” cholesterol, prevents/reduces diarrhea, colds, flu, eczema, allergy symptoms, vaginal infections, and irritable bowel syndrome, promotes weight loss and improves intestinal health.
Lactobacillus casei ss. Casei kills harmful microorganisms, prevents/treats diarrhea, and reduces colic, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, allergies, eczema, and infections.
Lactobacillus fermentum is an antioxidant, increases bioavailability of some minerals, lowers cholesterol and inflammation, protects the liver, and improves immunity, lactose tolerance, mood and brain function.
Lactobacillus brevis fights h. pylori that causes gastric ulcers, improves cognitive function, and boosts immunity by killing harmful microbes.
Lactobacillus plantarum stimulates the digestive system, fights pathogenic bacteria, revs up energy and the immune system, treats or prevents hypertension, anxiety, diabetes, eczema, IBS, IBD, sharpens memory and promotes weight loss.
Lactobacillus amylovorus improves metabolism, helps with weight loss, reduces inflammation, kills harmful bacteria and fungi, and treats/prevents vaginal infections, diarrhea, and eczema.
Lactobacillus buchneri kills some pathogenic microbes, improves the health of the digestive tract, reduces inflammation and relieves diarrhea.
Leuconostoc mesenteroides boosts immunity by killing disease-causing microbes and controls the influenza virus (1).
Pediococcus acidlactici treats constipation and diarrhea, boosts the immune system, relieves stress, and metabolic disorder problems, improves digestion of complex carbohydrates and kills pathogens.
Pediococcus Pentosaceus inhibits the growth of disease-causing bacteria such as Listeria, improves digestive enzyme activity, and lowers cholesterol.
Probiotics are not all equal:
Some probiotics are produced through processes that destroy some of the microbes. However, BIO-15 is produced through an ancient Japanese process that keeps all microbes alive. The probiotics are then put into double-coated capsules that enable them to survive the stomach acids and enter the gut live. BIO-15 also contains prebiotics which serve as food for the friendly microbes, helping them to flourish in the gut.