For this review I thought I would start with a few descriptions from Bio-K+’s website. I didn’t know what Probiotic’s did or what to expect after trying it. So what I’ve learned is: Probiotic’s are the good bacteria that crowd out the bad bacteria when our intestinal system is weakened by antibiotics, stress, poor nutrition or any other negative factor. They help improve our digestion and elimination and keep our system balanced making us less susceptible to viruses. Our body has 100,000 billion bacteria just in our gut, and we need more good bacteria than bad to be healthy, that’s why the CFU’s (colony forming units) for an effective probiotic are in the billions such as is the case with Bio-K+; we have them from 12.5 billion up to 50 billion in our probiotics.
Welllllll….. stress, poor diet and antibiotics (remember me…having this cold from hell that will not go away!!) I’m like the perfect candidate!
Next… how much do I need?? The daily suggested consumption depends on your objectives. If you wish to maintain a healthy digestive system 1 regular capsule or ¼ to ½ bottle of fresh Bio-K+ is recommended. If you wish to strengthen your immune system, we recommend 1 strong capsule of 25 billion or ½ to 1 bottle of fresh Bio-K+ (50 billion). If, however, you wish to protect yourself against viruses, we recommend 1 to 2 capsules of extra strength capsules of 50 billion or 1 to 2 bottles fresh Bio-K+.
So why Bio-K+ probiotic’s? Several reasons. 50 BILLION friendly bacteria per vegetarian enteric-coated capsule. That sounds fancy and way over my head….. so back to the web site I went. Here is what I learned.
50 billion friendly bacteria…… well, I see yogurt advertised that they have probiotic’s wouldn’t that work??
Since you have 100 000 billion bacteria in your intestine and you need more good than bad bacteria to be healthy, it becomes obvious that the concentration of friendly bacteria (billions per dose) is crucial to deliver a positive impact. Bio-K+ products do not contain any yogurt cultures. It only contains a 100% patented probiotic formula containing Lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285 and Lactobacillus casei LCB80R. The World Health Organization has compiled a strict list of bacteria that are considered to be probiotics and the bacteria contained in yogurt are not on this list.
Next here is what I learned about the enteric-coated capsule. Bacteria are proven to survive gastric acid and the bile salts of the stomach when the capsules have an enteric coating. If not enteric coated, the capsule and bacteria are destroyed in the stomach by the gastric acid and bile salts and they cannot be effective in the intestine.
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