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Swanson Epic Pro is a dietary supplement with 30 billion CFU from 25 probiotic strains, 7 species of bifidobacterium, the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii and dietary fibre. The formula is enclosed in DRcaps capsules resistant to gastric juice which help it reach the final section of the gastrointestinal tract.
Probitics and protection against infections
Probiotics are symbiotic bacteria and yeast which maintain health of the whole body by acting on the gastrointestinal tract. One of their functions is to increase the body’s ability to defend against pathogens. This is because probiotic bacteria produce acids which lower the pH to a level in which pathogenic microorganisms cannot function. These acids are produced mainly by bacteria of the genus Lactobacillus which carry out lactic acid fermentation. They may also produce hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide which inhibit the growth of some species of harmful bacteria. These substances protect against bacteria that are unable to neutralise them, thereby helping inhibit their proliferation and preventing infections.
Furthermore, apart from the abovementioned non-specific mechanism of fighting pathogenic bacteria, probiotic bacteria may also activate the immune system. Probiotics from the supplement activate lymphocytes and macrophages and therefore enhance their phagocytic effects, i.e. the ability to absorb and break down harmful microorganisms. This speeds up also the production of antibodies which neutralise pathogens.
Remarkable effects of bifidobacteria on gastrointestinal health
Bifidobacteria are a special type of probiotic bacteria which especially supports a healthy gastrointestinal tract, in particular intestines. They increase the number of symbiotic bacteria in the intestines and produce short-chain organic acids which protect against constipation and improve intestinal motility.
What is more, bifidobacteria boost the absorption of substances through the gastrointestinal mucosa They promote the absorption of water from the chyme and such elements as sodium, calcium, magnesium and iron. As a result, they reduce the risk of deficiencies of these elements which may cause other aliments or diseases (e.g. anaemia and painful muscle cramps).
Scientific studies suggest that bifidobacteria may help prevent colon cancer because they inhibit the growth of bacteria producing carcinogenic enzymes and may synthesise anticancer substances themselves.
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are dietary fibre found naturally in onions and asparagus. It is resistant to digestion, but it may stimulate the activity and growth of the intestinal microbiota. It may also reduce constipation, improve bowel movement and stimulate intestinal peristalsis.
Fibre is a substance which swells up after consumption and makes you feel satiated. This brings some benefits. It may reduce food intake, which will be very helpful for individuals on a slimming diet, and maintain glucose balance.
To sum up, Swanson Epic Pro is a formulation which maintains health of the gastrointestinal tract and improves its function through probiotic bacteria. Its ingredients boost the absorption of water and macroelements and protect against infections. In addition, dietary fibre brings relief from gastrointestinal complaints, such as constipation and stomach ache.
Take 1 capsule per day with water.
SWANSON is a well known company operating since 1969, which offers a wide selection of diet and nutritional supplements. Among their products are antioxidants, amino acid supplements, products improving immunity, probiotics, minerals and vitamins. At SWANSON you can also purchase of supplements enhancing your cardiovascular stamina, urinary, nervous and digestive systems. The offer includes products designed specifically for women or men, as well as supplements helping to loose weight.
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