Probiotics are microorganisms that offer some form of health benefit to the host. Many think that they are simply supplements that come in capsule, liquid or chewable form, but they can actually be found in various foods, mainly in fermented foods with active live cultures such as yogurt. Others (as is the case with Royal Flora) contain friendly soil-based organisms instead of dairy-based bacteria. Probiotics are believed to play very important roles in regulating proper intestinal function and digestion by balancing intestinal microflora.

These ‘good bacteria’ are considered to be “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”, according to the World Health Organization.

In addition to being a natural part of everyday food sources, probiotics are also available in supplement form. There are many different strains of probiotics, but the most common strains available today in are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. (Royal Flora contains both.)

Can Probiotics Help You?

Of course, many of the possible health benefits of probiotics still require more scientific research to be proven. But be that as it may, many people around the globe claim to benefit from them.

Diarrhea

Certain strains of probiotics have demonstrated positive results in treating diarrhea and gastroenteritis. According to a report published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition2, probiotics are “useful in the prevention or treatment of several gastrointestinal disorders”, such as infectious diarrhea, antibiotic diarrhea, and traveler’s diarrhea.

One study published in the Journal of Pediatrics concluded that Lactobacillus species are a safe and effective form of treatment for children with infectious diarrhea. The researchers concluded that “Prophylactic use of Lactobacillus significantly reduced the risk of nosocomial diarrhea in infants, particularly nosocomial rotavirus gastroenteritis.”

In seniors, however, researchers from the University of Swansea in Wales, UK, reported in The Lancet that probiotic supplements do not reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

Brain Function

Probiotics may be beneficial for brain function. Researchers at UCLA found that brain function improved among healthy women who regularly consumed probiotic-containing yogurt.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, said “Many of us have a container of yogurt in our refrigerator that we may eat for enjoyment, for calcium or because we think it might help our health in other ways. Our findings indicate that some of the contents of yogurt may actually change the way our brain responds to the environment. When we consider the implications of this work, the old sayings ‘you are what you eat’ and ‘gut feelings’ take on new meaning.”

In addition, probiotic bacteria might have the potential to change brain neurochemistry and treat anxiety and depression-related disorders, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

For Those Taking Antibiotics

These drugs wipe out the bacteria in your body — the good with the bad — leaving you susceptible to diarrhea or infections. Taking a probiotic can help prevent this. Both Dr. Sockolow and Challa recommend taking Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and/or Saccharomyces boulardii six hours after each dose of antibiotics. Increase the dose to 10 billion CFUs per day and continue for one to two weeks after you stop taking the antibiotic.

Blood Pressure

Some studies have found that milk fermented with strains of LAB may help lower blood pressure.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There is growing evidence that probiotics can help treat IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Two review articles, published in Nutrition in Clinical Practice, examined the therapeutic approaches to irritable bowel syndrome and found that probiotics are very effective at managing IBS.

Lactobacillus plantarum 299V and Bifidobacterium bifidum MIMBb75 have been shown to help regulate bowel movements and relieve bloating, pain and gas. More research is needed to determine which other probiotics might help treat IBS.

Infection

A study published in the prestigious scientific journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) found that probiotic bacteria can protect against bacterial infection.

In fact, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 have been shown to help prevent and clear up bacterial vaginosis and urinary tract infections in some individuals. Researchers point to Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 as the most effective stains to protect against yeast infections as they’re especially adept at colonizing the vaginal environment and fighting off unwelcome bacteria and fungi.

Why Royal Flora?

Probiotics have become very popular, but Royal Flora is the best. The Royal Flora formula is a live, non-mutated primary culture dormant in the capsule. It is not freeze-dried or fermented and will stay dormant until activated by body fluids. It has a shelf life of many years and does not need to be refrigerated.

You can be sure that each capsule you take will get the most possible SBOs into your digestive tract, alive and well, ready to colonize and breed without mutation. Although recognized as a probiotic, Royal Flora is really in a class by itself. It is simply more stable and better at colonization than its probiotic cousins.

Last but not least, Royal Flora does not contain dairy, salt, artificial color, flavoring, sugar, preservatives, fillers or artificial additives.

It is a one-of-a-kind probiotic supplement – it goes beyond probitics.

Royal Flora does not treat disease – it treats the body. Give your body what it needs and it will give you what you need – VIBRANT HEALTH!

Whether you’re looking to clear up an infection, boost your immune system or  simply better your health, a daily probiotic supplement can be a great help. As always, a little research goes a long way in ensuring you get a good quality product. We think you will agree that there is no better choice than Royal Flora!

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.