Monday, August 17, 2009



Dr. Briffa's latest blog post about probiotics is very interesting. As someone who takes probiotics daily, I especially found it interesting that they may help prevent common illnesses, such as cold or flu, in children. I've been giving my kids probiotics as well and now that I think about it, we have had less of the sickies around here than we usually do. Of course the true test may come when winter sets in and everyone we come in contact with is hacking and sniffling.

For those who aren't familiar with probiotics, here's the definition from Wikipedia:

Probiotics are dietary supplements of live microorganisms thought to be healthy for the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host". Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics; but also certain yeasts and bacilli are available.

At first, probiotics were thought to beneficially affect the host by improving its intestinal microbial balance, thus inhibiting pathogens and toxin producing bacteria. Today specific health effects are being investigated and documented including alleviation of chronic intestinal inflammatory diseases, prevention and treatment of pathogen-induced diarrhea, urogenital infections, and atopic diseases.

I buy my probiotics from GNC and, if I remember correctly, they contain around 14 million live bacteria. (Do they pay someone to sit in a lab and look at these with a micrscope, while they count 14 million of these little suckers???)

For those of you who eat store bought yogurt, (watch those carbs!) Activa has probiotics in it as well, but I'm told it's not as effective as taking the supplements.


Ramona said...

I Love your blog, Amy!!

I really like the new probiotic I am taking. New to me, anyway. Ultimate 10 Probiotic from Vitamin Shoppe dot com. A bottle of 100 Capsules are $19.99

It has a mircoorganism count of 13 billion. One thing I like about it is that it has an enteric coating, and doesn't dissolve in my stomach. (FYI from Wikipedia: An enteric coating is a barrier applied to oral medication that controls the location in the digestive system where it is absorbed. Enteric refers to the small intestine, therefore enteric coatings prevent release of medication before it reaches the small intestine.)

I've had some stomach upset from some probiotics, so I like that. Also the enteric coating seems to make it easier to swallow.

I read in the product review that it contains dairy and soy, which is a deal breaker for some people. I don't think it is enough soy to bother me, and I'm totally ok with dairy. I like this one a lot. It works really well for me.

Ramona Denton
Lovin' It Low Carb

Amy Dungan said...

Thanks Ramona! So glad you stopped by! :)

I love enteric coated anything. LOL My fish oil is enteric coated and really keeps the fish burps at bay.

Glad you like the probiotics you are taking. I may have to look at those and see if they are a better deal than the brand I'm buying.

I'm not crazy about soy in anything, but a little doesn't bother me. Same for dairy, although I only dislike it due to the carbs, not the health consequences like with soy.

I do hope you'll visit often! I've looked at your blog and think it's great!