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Probiotic benefits reach beyond digestion

Published On: Mar 20 2012 10:08:48 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 12 2012 10:42:36 AM CDT
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(NewsUSA) - Many consumers learn everything they know about probiotics through yogurt commercials. But are commercials enough to truly understand the importance of probiotics?

"Seventy percent of our immune response is directed toward catching foreign invaders introduced through our intestinal system," says Dr. Roberta Lee, vice chair, Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. "We now know that gut microflora positively impact the immune system's efficacy, and is not something to be taken lightly."

Supplementing your diet with probiotics is being stressed by more doctors. Fermented dairy products and fortified foods are the way most people have been getting probiotics. But it is hard to know which probiotics one may be getting and in what quantity.

"Consumers may not be able to depend on their probiotic content solely from what they eat at the dinner table," says Dr. Lee. "Supplemental probiotic products serve as viable sources by providing exact amounts of good bacteria. With food, you never know what you are getting. But with specific probiotic supplements, you know the exact types and amounts of each bacteria in an easy-to-take dosage."

One such supplemental probiotic on the market, Vidazorb, provides essential bacteria in the form of chewable tablets. With a shelf life exceeding two years and requiring no refrigeration, it comes in several formulations, including a daily age defense with OPC, SuperC with Vitamin C and Belly Boost for children ages four and up. Using supplements like Vidazorb can provide a wide array of essential health benefits that might otherwise be unobtainable.

"The health benefits of a probiotic supplement can boost an individual's health in many ways," says Dr. Lee. "Helping control diarrhea, including that brought on by antibiotics or other medications; aiding the management of certain conditions, like Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome; addressing feminine health issues; managing lactose intolerance and constipation; and improving metabolism are all instances where probiotics can help."

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