Since the cold and flu season is upon us, let me share a large study that examines probiotics use to shorten the duration of a cold!

King et al.’s (2014) meta-analysis research on the effectiveness of probiotics on the duration of illness in healthy children and adults who develop common acute respiratory infectious condition found a reduction in the number of days absent from work or school in those who used probiotic to treat or prevent colds and flu.

We would also suggest using a capsule of the Organic Garlic with the probiotics, as garlic does not harm the lactic acid organisms.

In a brief meta-analysis on probiotic, our Medical Director Dr. George Kessler found that “the research into the relationship between our microbiome and health related issues have recently increased at break neck speed.”

In fact, the amount of research over the last ten years on the human microbiome is enormous, demonstrating that probiotics are used for many different conditions. Yet we have only discovered the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the importance of maintaining the proper balance of probiotics.  Keep your eye on the work within the most prestigious circles of mainstream medical science, (e.g. NIH’s Human Microbiome Project) to continue to learn how to utilize probiotics in your practices.

We will share the rest of Dr. Kessler’s monograph’s recent studies into probiotics’ many uses next week.

Reference: King, S. et al. (2014). Effectiveness of probiotics on the duration of illness in healthy children and adults who develop common acute respiratory infectious conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  British Journal of Nutrition. 112(1), 41-54.

 

Clinical Notes:

Two of our most basic, straight forward, and popular synbiotic formulas (remember the definition of synbiotic means a formula that contains prebiotic and probiotic) are the Original Synbiotic Formula and the Supernatant Synbiotic Formula.  Both are perfect for the cold and flu season.

The Original Synbiotic Formula is in a powder format and contains pedigreed strains of L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, S. thermophiles and B. longum with organic inulin (a soluble fiber derived from organic chicory root).  One teaspoon delivers a cfu of 20 billion and 3.5 grams of fiber.  Take ¼ to 1 tsp daily. (cfu: colony forming units)

The Supernatant Synbiotic Formula is in a capsule format and contains pedigreed strains of L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. bulgaricus, L. helveticus, S. thermophilius, B. infantis, and B. longum along with supernatant (see link) all carried with inulin in a vegetarian capsule make with cellulose only.  Each capsule contains a 15.5 cfu count.  Take one capsule daily.

Both are wonderful and very effective probiotics and prefect for the cold and flu season.

 

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