Biogen Wellness Pack

Probiotic Bacteria can be supplemented with Probiotic products as a targeted way to improve your gut health.

These products help to repopulate the beneficial (and essential) bacteria that live in our gut and, depending on the product, add important diversity to these bacteria colonies.

And diversity matters when it comes to optimal gut health and function because it ensures that our microbiome remains resilient, adaptable and robust.

The living microbiome

It is estimated that there are trillions of probiotic bacteria in a healthy gut microbiome, representing over 50 genera and over 500 different species.

But we lose probiotics as they naturally die off and due to various other factors. These include a lack of diversity in the foods we eat, eating poor quality foodstuffs like processed and refined products and sugar, excessive stress, exposure to toxins and chemicals, as well as antibiotic overuse, and medical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.

The combination of these factors can create an imbalance in the gut microbial community and an increase in pro-inflammatory species – a condition known as dysbiosis. This condition is associated with various gastrointestinal symptoms that can lead to various diseases.

Support your microbiome with a probiotic supplement

For these reasons, including a probiotic supplement in our daily nutrition plan is often a necessary step to support our microbiome and gut health. Even people who eat a wide variety of plant-based foods and, as such, usually have a more diverse gut microbiome, can benefit from supplements.

The benefits associated with a well-populated and diverse microbiome include better digestion and metabolic function, enhanced immunity and allergy prevention, and improved skin, urinary tract and oral health.

Diversity in your microbiome delivers these benefits because different probiotic bacteria fulfil specific roles. As such, a product with a diverse range of strains and a high load or bacterial count offers the best potential benefits when used regularly.

Multi-strain products are best

For example, the range of probiotic products available from Biogen offer various combinations suitable for adults and children.

Products like Biogen Supreme 9 Strain and Biogen Supreme 4 Strain probiotic supplements deliver 5 billion or more colony forming units, or CFUs, which is the measure of the total amount of probiotic bacteria per serving.

And, as the names suggest, these products contain either nine or four probiotic strains, including:

One of the most common types of probiotics. It aids digestion by producing an enzyme called lactase, which breaks down lactose, the sugar found in milk, into lactic acid. According to research, consuming Lactobacillus acidophilus in combination with other probiotics may help prevent and treat diarrhoea.

Helps the gut digest fibre and sugars, including lactose from dairy, and is partly responsible for mineral and vitamin absorption. A 2011 study showed that Bifidobacterium lactis helps to lower the inflammatory effect of gluten on the intestinal lining of the smaller intestine. This probiotic bacteria may also modulate gut wall permeability and prevent Celiac disease. Bifidobacterium lactis also plays an important role in immune function by producing acids, peroxides, and bacteriocins that kill pathogens in the gut.

This is the most common probiotic strain. It produces lactic and acetic acid in the gut, which is useful to fight harmful bacteria and boost immunity while also aiding digestion. Taking supplements that contain Bifidobacterium bifidum may help relieve symptoms of IBS.

One of the most widely used probiotic strains. Fulfils various roles in the gut including the prevention and treatment of gastro-intestinal infections and diarrhoea. Also stimulates an immune response that may prevent certain allergic symptoms.

Supports healthy digestion and may help alleviate lactose intolerance. Lactobacillus casei may help to prevent or treat diarrhoea, including infectious, traveler’s, and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea, and aid other digestive problems, including colic. This probiotic plays a role in the immune response by inhibiting intestinal pathogens.

Plays a role in digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and modulating the immune system to destroy pathogens that might cause diseases. Also useful in the treatment of C. difficile-associated diarrhoea, and may help to reduce IBS symptoms.

A lactic acid-producing probiotic bacteria that helps to ferment dairy products. As a component of nisin, an antibiotic-like substance, Lactococcus lactis helps to fights a wide variety of harmful bacteria and pathogens.

Inhibits inflammation by regulating the balance of the immune system, improving intestinal barrier function, and increasing acetate production. Studies also show that Bifidobacterium longum helps to relieve constipation.

Helps digest food, absorb nutrients, and fight off disease-causing pathogens. Streptococcus thermophilis is a resilient probiotic strain that can survive the digestion process, which makes it a popular strain in probiotic supplements aimed at helping to improve the function of the gastrointestinal tract.

Biogen Probiotic Chews offer a suitable product for use by children to potentially improve and restore the microbial balance in the intestines and improve digestive tract function when ingested on a regular basis.

Specifically formulated for kids, this probiotic product contains 9 probiotic strains, including Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus gasseri, as well as various other strains contained in the other products mentioned (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum).

Lactobacillus reuteri

Supports gut and general health in various ways. These include producing antimicrobial molecules, such as organic acids, ethanol, and reuterin, which keeps pathogenic microbes in check. Some strains can also reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cell-signalling substances called cytokines while promoting immune cell development and function. Lactobacillus reuteri also strengthens the intestinal wall to possibly help address issues such as gut permeability and leaky gut syndrome.

Lactobacillus salivarius

Plays a role in immunity by producing a broad-spectrum of potent molecules that combat food-borne pathogens in the digestive. Lactobacillus salivarius may also help to prevent or treat various health conditions.