Project Description

Microgenics Probiotic 55 Billion 60 Capsules

The human digestive system contains over 400 different types of bacteria. Very few beneficial bacteria are found in the stomach because of its high acidity; however, their number and variety increases substantially further down the gastrointestinal tract, and most are found in the large intestine. If there are not enough beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract and too many harmful bacteria, our gut flora becomes out of balance and this can result in a wide range of health problems.

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Probiotics are sensitive organisms which are vulnerable to lifestyle habits such
as stress, poor food choices, low fibre diet, alcohol, and high sugar and fat diet.
These factors allow harmful bacteria to survive and thrive over the beneficial ones,
often leading to a wide range of health problems.

INGREDIENT INFORMATION
Support gastrointestinal health and digestion
Constipation is a common problem in Australia and can affect up to 30% of the
population1. Probiotics have been used to help improve constipation. Research
shows that Bifidobacterium animalis can help improve bowel motions significantly
within 1-2 weeks of use2, and that Lactobacillus casei can bring relief within 4
weeks3. Both strains are included in Microgenic’s Probiotics 55 billion.
Probiotics can also help relieve diarrhoea. Studies show that Bifidobacterium
lactis can significantly reduce diarrhoea as a result of viral gastroenteritis4 and
that Lactobacillus reuteri can reduce the duration of viral diarrhoea5. Lactobacillus
acidophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii bulgaricus are particularly beneficial to
reduce the incidence of traveller’s diarrhoea in numerous studies6.
Probiotics have also been found to be beneficial in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
(IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and
Diverticular Disease6.

Support a healthy immune system
Approximately 70-80% of our entire immune system lives in the gut7. The lining of
the intestines forms a barrier against microbes and other harmful substance, but
is dependent upon probiotics to do its job. If probiotics aren’t present in sufficient
numbers, then the lining of the intestines does not regenerate and microbes may
enter our system, which can lead to many health problems.
There are several studies that show the importance of probiotics to protect
us against microbial infections. In one study8, probiotics were shown to be
beneficial to protect against viral infections, while two other studies showed that
consumption of probiotics for a 12-week period could reduce the risk of getting
the common cold in healthy individuals, and the duration and severity of those
who attracted it9,10. Another study showed that only 53% of participants who took
a probiotic supplement got the common cold versus 80% of those who didn’t
take it; and that symptoms of the common cold lasted 3.4 days in those who
took a probiotic supplement instead of 5.8 days.

Support with Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI)
Most acute URTIs are caused by viral infections and usually resolve after three to
seven days, but are often accompanied by fever. Probiotics have been found to
be effective in reducing the frequency of an acute URTI by 47% and the duration
by 2 days11,12.

Studies on Bifidobacterium animalis subspecies lactis Bl-04 (Bl-04) have shown
this strain specifically can reduce the risk of respiratory illness episodes by 27%
over a 5 month winter season in healthy active adults13.

Probiotics after a course of antibiotics
Probiotics are recommended after a course of antibiotics, as antibiotics kill off the
good bacteria as well as the bad ones. This can lead to diarrhoea, a common
side-effect of antibiotics. Taking a probiotic will help reintroduce good bacteria to
the digestive tract, and may help reduce the side effects of a course of antibiotics.
It is recommended to take the probiotics at least 6 hours away from the antibiotics,
e.g. if you take antibiotics in the morning, take the probiotics at night.

APPROVED LABEL CLAIM
Microgenics Probiotic 55 Billion provides a high quantity, broad spectrum of
Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species which support healthy immune system
function and immune system health. It specifically contains Bifidobacterium
animalis ssp lactis Bl-04 which helps reduce the occurrence of symptoms of mild
upper respiratory tract infections in adults.
üüProbiotics support beneficial intestinal flora
üüProbiotic blend supports healthy immune function

INGREDIENTS (per capsule)
Lactobacillus plantarum (Lp-115) 8 billion organisms
Lactobacillus casei (Lc-11) 8 billion organisms
Lactobacillus acidophilus (La-14) 4 billion organisms
Lactobacillus rhamnosus (Lr-32) 4 billion organisms
Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp bulgaricus (Lb-87) 1 billion organisms
Bifidobacterium longum (Bl-05) 1 billion organisms
Lactobacillus paracasei (Lpc-37) 15 billion organisms
Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (Bl-04) 1 billion organisms
Lactobacillus acidophilus (ATCC-SD5221) 1 billion organisms
Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07) 1 billion organisms
Bifidobacterium breve (Bb-03) 1 billion organisms
Lactobacillus salivarius ssp salivarius (Ls-33) 10 billion organisms
Total Probiotics 55 billion organisms