The Gastrointestinal tract’s immune system is often referred to as gut-associated lymphoid tissue (or GALT). 70% of our immune cells are produced in this tissue.
The term probiotic is derived from the Latin and Greek language with the literal meaning “for life”. Probiotics enhance digestive function and overall well-being, as well as regulating immune function through interacting with the immune cells located within the digestive system.
Scientific studies over the last decade have highlighted the differences in various probiotics and their specialised functions. Probiotics are classified according to genus, species and strain eg. Lactobacillus (genus) plantarum (species) 299V (strain). It is these particular strains which individualise their function in our bodies.
Lactobacillus plantarum 299V: studies have extensively validated its use for Irritable Bowel symptoms. It helps reduce bloating, flatulence, and relieves inflammation of the digestive tract.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG): over 350 clinical trials have demonstrated it’s survival through the acidic digestive tract. It can modulate the immune system, helping decrease the development and help alleviate the symptoms of eczema and allergies.
Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM: the most extensively studied and proven probiotic strain. It is a great everyday probiotic to maintain bacterial balance. It is especially useful for restoring beneficial bacteria after a course of antibiotics.