Probiotic is a term that denotes the naturally occurring, "friendly" bacteria that contributes to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. These cultures of microorganisms are able to multiply in the intestinal tract to create a balanced microflora (healthy intestinal culture), thereby preventing the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria in the intestinal tract. In addition, these "friendly" bacteria produce a natural antibiotic-like substance called bactericine, which helps to eliminate unwanted coli forms. This results in a healthy intestinal lining that is capable of optimum nutrient absorption. Researchers have found links between bacterial imbalances in the gastrointestinal tract and many illnesses. If you have ever experienced any of the following symptoms or illnesses, you may have a bacterial imbalance:
Chronic Fatigue / Diarrhea or Constipation / Intestinal Gas and Indigestion / Rapid onset of Osteoporosis / Poor Immune Response / Chronic Bladder Infections or Vaginal Infections / High Cholesterol Levels / Candida or Yeast Infections / Allergies / Skin Conditions / Menstrual Complaints / Chronic Bad Breath / Vitamin B Deficiencies / Sensitivity to Dairy Products / Viral and Bacterial Infections / Colds and Flu
Environmental factors and the consumption of certain foods and products can also cause the growth of pathogenic (harmful) bacteria, some of which are as follows:
Excessive Consumption of Sugar
and Refined Flours
Over Consumption of Carbohydrates
Intake of Chlorinated Water
Use of Over-the-counter and/or Prescription Anti-inflammatory Drugs and Painkillers
Frequent Consumption of Colas and other Carbonated Beverages
Excessive Consumption of Fatty Foods and Fatty Meats
High Stress Levels
Exposure to Chemicals and Pollutants
Use primadophilus rueteri made by natures way( it has guaranteed intestinal release and doesn't contain sugar/sugar subtitutes or artificial sweetner,(Just potatoe starch) very important to avoid those ingredients if you can), iflora, is also suppose to be good as well as VSL3. You should be able to purchase most kinds via healthfood store or even online.
The Lure of Synthetic Vitamins
Jan 13, 2005 19:51 PST
There is a vast difference between natural and synthetic vitamins
In natural food, there are many factors present.
When you eat natural foods or take supplements derived from them,
you are getting all the "factors", known and unknown. Such natural
products yield far better results than synthetics.
Most chemists maintain, molecule by molecule, synthetic vitamins are
identical to natural vitamins. The isolated factor of each may be
identical, although newer information challenges this belief.
Man-made synthetic supplements are a combination of some of the
separate factors, never the whole complex of synergistic factors
found in nature.
The whole family of B, C or E vitamins is known as a "complex".
Synthetic vitamins may cause improvement of certain conditions for a
short time but the "whole complex" goes even further.
It is now believed that the "unknown" co-factors found in natural
Nature knew that we needed the egg and not the eggshell.
Vitamin E is similar: It also has an anti-oxidant protector called
There are alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherols.
They protect the center of the vitamin, which is the mineral
which carries out metabolic functions.
In addition to selenium, they also protect some "essential fatty
factors, which are needed to 'transport' calcium.
Many people who get muscle cramps rush out to get calcium when the
problem is simply that they are taking high doses of this
teased-out(synthetic) portion of vitamin E called dl-tocopherol.
Also, involved in vitamin E are other E fractions that are important
heart health that synthetic E will have no effect on.
Ingredients of so-called Natural Vitamin E purchased at Wild Oats:
Vitamin E (as Natural d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate) 400 IU
Selenium (as Selenium Yeast) 100 mcg
Other ingredients: Soybean Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Carob Extract,
Dioxide (natural mineral whitener)
Looking over the ingredients, there is an easy answer as to why
natural vitamins cost more.
Whenever the word "acetate" occurs on the label of fat soluble
(A, D, E), it means 'synthetic'.
THE FDA ALLOWS LABELING TO SAY "NATURAL" when 5 % OF THE INGREDIENTS ARE NATURAL.
Synthetic vitamins are 1/5 as potent in the human body as truly
natural vitamin E.
So you need to take 5 times as much and then your liver must deal with
the side effects of the "synthetic" properties.
Check your vitamin bottle. Natural vitamin E is d-tocopherol, while
synthetic vitamin E is dl-tocopherol or d-alpha tocopheral acetate.
Make sure your vitamin E has d-alpha and other mixed natural
tocopherols without the acetate FOR THE VITAMIN E ENEMA.
Synthetic vitamins will never have the effects of natural vitamins
simply because they are missing many parts of the whole "complex".
A LABEL STATING 100% NATURAL IS ALL NATURAL VITAMIN E.BE SURE 100% IS ON THE LABEL