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Up to 80 percent of your body's natural defenses can be found in your digestive tract.There are literally trillions of bacteria in the human digestive tract. Some are beneficial, some are harmful, and some are neutral. Probiotics are the good bacteria that help balance the intestinal flora in order to keep you healthy.*
There are many different types of bacteria, and we often hear about the harmful types. However, some types of bacteria—such as probiotics—are good for you and provide many health benefits for your digestive system and your overall health.*
Probiotics are microorganisms that provide a health benefit when consumed in adequate amounts. When beneficial and undesirable types of bacteria are out of balance in the digestive system, probiotics or "good" bacteria can help restore the balance.* Probiotics help populate the intestines to balance the microbial environment.*
Probiotics provide numerous benefits for overall health.* By working to maintain a balanced intestinal environment, they enhance digestion and help prevent occasional digestive upsets.* They also help to ferment soluble fiber in the gut, which in turn produces a short-chain fatty acid called butyric acid that helps to nourish healthy colon cells and promote bowel regularity.*
Probiotics are also vital to a healthy immune system because they produce compounds and acids that help support the balance of good bacteria in the gut.* Furthermore, probiotics help your body digest valuable nutrients from food and play a key role in manufacturing needed vitamins, including vitamin B12 and vitamin K.*
Everyday factors such as poor diet, stress, travel, and even the use of some medications can offset the balance of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. When this happens, it can lead to intestinal issues such as occasional diarrhea and constipation, and impact overall immune health. Taking a daily probiotic supplement can help replenish good bacteria and restore a healthy bacterial balance.*
While it is possible to consume probiotic bacteria in fermented milk products such as yogurt, kefir, and cottage cheese, as well as fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and soybeans (miso and tempeh), some of these products do not contain enough probiotic cultures or the correct strains to provide health benefits. Moreover, the individual amounts of given strains are not listed on the packaging of fermented food products so it is not possible to know how many probiotics you are getting. Also, while live probiotic bacteria can occur naturally in nonpasteurized foods, most dairy products are pasteurized in the United States, which kills any existing bacteria. Supplementation of these products with good bacteria can be beneficial.
Probiotics are considered to be safe at high doses. Many are considered Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) by worldwide regulatory agencies and medical practitioners.
Infants actually receive their first beneficial bacteria during the birthing process, and supplying additional probiotics throughout the early years has been shown to provide significant benefits for overall digestive and immune health.* Look for products specifically formulated for children. Powdered formulas and chewable tablets are available for infants and toddlers.
Lactobacillus strains are the most prevalent probiotic bacteria in the small intestine, and Bifidobacterium strains are most prevalent in the colon (large intestine). A good rule of thumb is to look for a multi-strain probiotic with lots of Lactobacillus for the little (small) intestine, and Bifidobacterium for the big (large) intestine.
Clinical trials have shown that the strain and the quantity of bacteria are the key factors to consider when choosing a probiotic. Consumers are urged to look for clinically proven probiotics produced by reputable manufacturers. Trials of certain strains of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, for example, have provided evidence of their ability to help restore the balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive system and aid with a range of occasional digestive upsets.* When shopping for an effective probiotic supplement, consumers should read labels carefully to ensure the following:
No. Recent research has revealed that different strains of probiotics are unique in their effects on the body. Experts believe the benefits of probiotics depend on the type and dose of strain. They recommend that all probiotic strains be independently tested and evaluated.
The intestinal tract is associated with up to 80 percent of the body's immune system, and promoting gut health helps support your body's immune health.* Some bacterial strains have been shown to improve the integrity of the gut lining and promote immune health.*
Yes, in some people, probiotics can cause gas and bloating at first. If you decrease your daily dose for at least one week by taking your probiotic every other day instead of daily, or by taking half a capsule daily (open capsule and take with liquid), the symptoms will subside as your digestive tract adjusts to a new balance so that you can resume normal daily dosing.
Ultimate Flora probiotics are natural high-potency probiotic supplements formulated to help replenish good bacteria in your digestive tract.* When taken daily, Ultimate Flora probiotics can help promote a healthy digestive system, restore regularity, and promote immune health.*
No, Ultimate Flora probiotics are dietary supplements made with naturally-occurring probiotic cultures. They are not a drug or a medication.
While Ultimate Flora probiotics may be taken to help with a particular digestive issue such as occasional constipation, for best results you should take an Ultimate Flora probiotic on a daily basis to maintain optimal digestion and overall health.*
No. Because Ultimate Flora probiotics work to help restore and maintain a solid foundation of digestive health, they can also help address other digestive issues, including occasional diarrhea, bowel irritability, gas, and bloating.
The high culture count of Ultimate Flora probiotics sets them apart from other available probiotic supplements, ensuring at least 10 billion active cultures per convenient single-capsule serving. They also provide multiple beneficial probiotic strains in every dose—including Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli strains.†
Our unique targeted- or delayed-release systems helps probiotics resist stomach acid.
Ultimate Flora probiotics are dietary supplements, not drugs. The Food and Drug Administration requires that statements about benefitting a structure or function of the human body (such as promoting digestive and immune health) include a standard disclaimer under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, or DSHEA. (*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)
For best results, take one capsule daily with or without food.
Although Ultimate Flora probiotics are most effective when taken regularly (on a daily basis), you don’t need to be concerned or double up if you miss a dose. Simply take the normal dose as usual the next day to maintain a healthy digestive system.*
We recommend consulting your physician before taking an Ultimate Flora probiotic if you are taking medication(s). Some medications (such as antibiotics) may reduce the effectiveness of an Ultimate Flora probiotic. For best results we also recommend taking dietary supplements such as an Ultimate Flora probiotic at a different time during the day than other supplements and/or medications.
We source our probiotic cultures from the finest probiotic producers in the world. Each extremely well-researched strain is specially selected for its human health benefits. The strains we use are selected from well-maintained, pure culture collections. Much like you purchase high quality seeds for your garden, we choose the very best strains for your health.