New Potent RAW Probiotics for Women
Probiotics are well-known for their effects on the digestive system. But, were you aware that they can significantly benefit vaginal health as well? The World Health Organization refers to probiotics as "beneficial micro-organisms," and these good critters are being researched for their benefits in virtually every realm of human health. The research started with gut problems and intestinal health, where probiotics made a name for themselves with a proven track record of safety and effectiveness. Now the future looks bright for probiotic research in many other aspects of health, including vaginal health for women.
How does it work? The presence of beneficial bacteria in the urogenital tract keep detrimental bacteria from thriving in the same environment. This may occur through both a physical "crowding out" and through the creation of an environment that is less suitable for the harmful bacteria. In actuality, these probiotics are effective through several mechanisms which include lowering the pH of the vagina through lactic acid production. Lactobacillus is a particularly beneficial probiotic in the urogenital tract as it aids in producing natural antibacterial substances (disinfectants) that help to keep away harmful bacteria. Several strains of Lactobacillus and other helpful bacterial strains demonstrate the ability to deliver meaningful urogenital support. Probiotics also produce substances called biosurfactants which help to discourage the growth of uropathogens (bad bacteria in the urinary tract) and also help displace bacteria from vaginal epithelial cells. Several recently published clinical studies have investigated the effects of Lactobacillus strains including rhamnosus and reuteri. In the body, unfriendly yeasts (like Candida albicans) can form biofilms composed of beta-glucan, a type of fiber. That's why fiber digesting enzymes are so meaningful.
The plant-derived enzymes, cellulase and hemicellulase, comprising the Yeast-Digesting Enzyme Blend, cannot be manufactured by the body itself but must be introduced through either diet or supplementation. The blend also includes lysozyme, an enzyme that catalyze the breakdown of carbohydrates found in cell walls.† Lysozyme is found in many human secretions, such as tears, milk, mucus, and saliva. Human lysozyme is commonly associated with innate immunity, which forms the first line of defense against infections. Lysozyme also has fungicidal properties, protecting mucosal areas from invasion by pathogenic yeast or fungi.
There are literally hundreds of healthy probiotics with diverse health benefits; so be sure you get an array of probiotics, including ones from kefir and yogurt. Kefir provides a mass of good probiotic bacteria and yeasts, making it exceptionally healthy because it contains a variety of probiotics, yeasts, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. In fact, one form of wild kefir grains contains 22 different probiotic strains, while a specific yogurt contains 10 lactic acid-producing probiotic bacteria.
Garden of Life RAW Probiotics Vaginal Care is a unique high potency, RAW, whole food probiotic formula containing a proprietary Vaginal Care Blend. A small, easy-to-swallow once daily capsule delivers a powerful 50 Billion CFU dose of 38 probiotic strains, including kefir-derived and eight scientifically-studied strains specifically supporting vaginal and urinary tract health.† This formula also contains the important Yeast-Digesting Enzyme Blend to effectively breakdown biofilm coatings. This unique and potent formula makes for an excellent choice for women of all ages looking to support vaginal and urinary tract health.†
† This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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G. Reid, et al. Nutraceuticals and Food (2003) "Effect of Lactobacilli oral supplement on the vaginal microflora of antibiotic treated patients: Randomized, Placebo-Control Study."
Martinez RC, et al. Letters in Applied Microbiology (2009) "Improved treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis with fluconazole plus probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14."