I’m so happy to introduce you to this most incredible Women’s Health Probiotic! I kept in mind the importance of a strong immune system this fall and winter season 2021/2022. This formulation may change next year, depending on our need for a healthy and robust immune response.
Why I chose these specific strains:
Lactobacillus acidophilus (DDS®-1) is a widely recognized probiotic that promotes the healthy functioning of the gut and is highly resistant to gastric acid, bile salts, and proteases.† It aids in the digestion of gluten and casein proteins and ferments a variety of carbohydrates that escape digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract, including fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and galactooligosaccharides (GOS), releasing short chain fatty acids important for intestinal barrier function.† Studies have shown that L. acidophilus promotes the absorption of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Studies have also demonstrated that L. acidophilus DDS®-1 has immunomodulatory effects and can support the immune system.†
Lactobacillus plantarum (UALp-05™) is generally lacking in the gut microecology of individuals consuming a standard Western diet. L. plantarum effectively metabolizes oligofructans, semi-resistant polysaccharides found in vegetables.† A very hardy species, L. plantarum is highly resistant to gastric acid, bile, and proteases; it also has a strong ability to assimilate cholesterol under various intestinal conditions. L. plantarum induces the expression of genes regulating tight junction formation, thereby augmenting intestinal barrier function.† It strongly attaches to human colonocytes, competing with undesirable bacteria and promoting a balanced microbiota.† Through multiple mechanisms, such as the modulation of interleukins, natural killer (NK) cells, and cytokines, it supports a healthy immune response.†
Bifidobacterium lactis (UABla-12™) supports normal bowel movement frequency and stool consistency.† It has excellent adherence to intestinal mucin, a prerequisite for competition with undesirable bacteria. It produces the endopeptidases that digest proteins rich in proline such as casein and gliadin.† Supplementation with B. lactis has been shown to support cellular immunity in elderly individuals by increasing numbers of helper and activated T cells and NK cells and by intensifying the phagocytic activities of monocytes and polymorphonucleocytes.† B. lactis may support a healthy plasma IgG response to vaccination.† Studies have shown that dietary supplementation with B. lactis balances bifidobacterial/enterobacteria counts in elderly individuals.†
Lactobacillus paracasei (UALpc-04™) has excellent acid-tolerance and is highly resistant to pepsin and pancreatin. It is able to ferment inulin and phleins (plant-derived hexofructans with β-linked fructosyl residues), releasing short chain fatty acids required for intestinal barrier function.† It supports the immune response through the production of compounds that support the immune balance, while activating the innate immune system.†
Lactobacillus rhamnosus (GG) produces more peptidases than any other Lactobacillus species, aiding in the digestion of proteins.† This species supports healthy immune function by activating antigenpresenting cells (APCs) and immature dendritic cells to promote Th1- type immune response markers, as well as healthy Th1/Th2 balance. L. rhamnosus has been shown to promote stronger epithelial barrier function, as well as reduce the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.†
Bifidobacterium bifidum (UABb-10™) aids in the digestion of casein proteins through the production of a variety of β-galactosidases and other enzymes which degrade lactose and other substrates such as galactobiose and galactosyllactose.† B. bifidum has been shown to efficiently degrade mucin, and due to their proximity to the immune system, mucin-degrading bacteria are in a prime location to influence the epithelial barrier and host response.† Studies have shown that B. bifidum strengthens intestinal barrier function and promotes a healthy microbiome balance.†
Lactobacillus reuteri (UALre-16™) is found in different body sites including the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, skin, and breast milk. With the production of organic acids, ethanol, and reuterin, it supports a balanced microbiome. It also may benefit the immune system, by influencing cytokine production while promoting regulatory T-cell development and function. In addition, by bearing the ability to strengthen the intestinal barrier, the colonization of L. reuteri may decrease the microbial translocation from the gut lumen to the surrounding tissues, supporting a healthy inflammatory response.†
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.