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Garden of Life, Dr. Formulated Probiotics, Once Daily Prenatal is a unique probiotic formula designed specially for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. In the composition of the preparation there are 16 carefully selected bacteria strains from the family Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Their activity is supported by the presence of a prebiotic, which constitutes a perfect breeding ground for probiotic bacteria and facilitates their proliferation.
The supplement was prepared in such a way as to ensure maximal comfort of application. It is stable in various temperatures, therefore it doesn’t have to be stored in the fridge. Extended composition makes it enough to take one capsule per day to achieve desired effect. Each portions provides the organism with 20 billion CFU (colony-forming units) of the following bacteria kinds:
Lactobacillus are one of the most numerous and the most common probiotic strains. They constitute an important part of intestinal microflora and in women they also form microflora of the vagina. They are able to produce lactic acid. In the supplement this group is represented by: L. rhamnosus, L. rhamnosus HN001, L. acidophilus, L. plantarum, L. brevis, L. paracasei, L. bulgaricus, L. casei, L. gasseri, L. reuteri, L. salivarius.
Bifidobacterium is a group of bacteria living in the large intestine and the colon. Fermentative metabolism is their characteristic feature. Bacteria of this kind convert sugars in lactic acid and as the only ones are able to produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFA). SCFA are required for the proper course of many physiological processes, necessary to maintain health and well-being. The representatives of Bifidobacterium in the supplement are: B. lactis, B. bifidum, B. breve, B. longum, B. infantis.
The effectiveness of supplementation is increased by the prebiotic complex, which is formed by organic acacia fiber and resistant starch. Apart from the positive influence on the work of the bowels and the process of digestion, it constitutes perfect breeding ground for probiotic bacteria. It is conducive to their proliferation in the digestive system and facilitates the process of colonization for bacteria provided with the supplement.
Potential benefits for mothers
Pregnant women are more prone to digestive problems, among which the most common are heartburn, constipations and morning sickness. The main culprit is progesterone here, which slows down the movement of food through the digestive tract. Probiotics have positive influence on the work of the digestive system and they are helpful in reducing this type of ailments. In the studies with the participation of pregnant women it was proven that the application of probiotic bacteria B. longum, L. rhamnosus and L. salivarius restored proper bowel movement, alleviated heartburn and nausea.
The application of probiotics during pregnancy may limit the frequency of vaginal infections. It is important, as bacterial infections of vagina in pregnant women increase the risk of premature childbirth. The highest effectiveness in stabilizing microflora of the vagina is demonstrated by the following strains: L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, L. reuteri and L. salivarius.
Incredibly promising results are presented by the studies on the influence of probiotic supplementation on glucose metabolism in pregnant women. In the group of female subjects, who during pregnancy took probiotics (mainly L. rhamnosus, L. rhamnosus HN001 and B. Lactis), the rate of gestational diabetes was decreased. The decrease of the level of glucose in blood serum was also achieved as well as the reduction of insulin concentration and the improvement of insulin sensitivity.
The strains of the Lactobacillus kind produce a range of compounds, which are required for the proper course of pregnancy. Among them there are vitamin K, B12, niacin, folic acid and pantothenic acid. They may also increase the concentration of fatty acids in the placenta, which has positive influence on the development of the nervous system in the fetus.
Potential benefits for a child
Using probiotics during pregnancy and lactation has positive influence not only on the health of mothers, but also a child. A child inherits the whole microbiome from the mother. It becomes the basis of its whole immune system, therefore it is so important in the prenatal development and infancy that a child receives beneficial bacteria. Research shows that exposure of pregnant women and children to probiotic bacteria may be helpful in the stimulation of the immunity growth.
Probiotic therapy during pregnancy and in the period of lactation decreases the frequency of atopic dermatitis in infants, caused by the activity of immunoglobulin E (IgE).
Probiotics tighten intestinal epithelium and produce natural barrier, which inhibits the permeation of allergens from the digestive system to the bloodstream. Thanks to this, it decreases susceptibility to food allergies in children. Especially active on this field are the strains L. rahamnosus.
It was proven that the application of probiotics in the prenatal development and infancy reduces the risk of obesity in children. The studies were carried out with probiotics belonging to the family Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
To sum up, Garden of Life, Dr. Formulated Probiotics, Once Daily Prenatal is an ideal supplement for the time of pregnancy and lactation. It perfectly supports the health of mothers and reduces ailments typical to pregnancy (morning sickness, constipations). At the same time it has positive influence on children from the time of conception. The supplement is safe and well-tolerated by the organism and appropriate for long-lasting application.
The supplement is a synbiotic, i.e. it combines a probiotic and prebiotic. It ensures effective colonization of the digestive system with positive bacteria. It may be used for the whole pregnancy and lactation.
The capsules must not be washed down with hot liquids or mixed with hot water. Under the influence of high temperature, beneficial bacteria may undergo deactivation.
Garden of Life is a undisputed leader on the market of natural food and dietary supplements. Products of this company are natural, free of toxins, artificial additives and GMO. They have many certificates which ensure their quality and the most important ones include: Non-GMO Project Verified and USDA Organic.
USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) certification means that a particular product is at least 95% organic and made of certified, organic ingredients only. It is one of the most rigid certification systems.
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|per portion (1 capsule)||amount||%DV|
|Prenatal Probiotic Blend||170 mg||-|
|Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001|
|Total Lacto Cultures (15 Billion CFU)|
|Total Bifido Cultures (5 Billion CFU)|
|Total Probiotic Cultures||20 Billion CFU¹|
|Organic Prebiotic Fiber Blend||115 mg||-|
|Organic Potato (Resistant Starch] (tuber), Organic Acacia Fiber (A. senegal)|
Non-GMO vegetable pullulan (capsule).
What is Lactobacillus rhamnosus?
Lactobacillus rhamnosus is a kind of milk fermentation bacteria capable of synthesising the enzyme which breaks down lactose. Owing to that, it reduces the discomfort after consuming dairy products. Furthermore, it populates the intestinal mucosa and competes with pathogenic bacteria, thereby helping restore the normal intestinal microflora. The proper condition of intestines ensures efficient food digestion and proper immunity against pathogenic microorganisms but also contributes to reducing inflammations and allergies in the body.
This bacteria strain is found mainly in complex probiotic or symbiotic formulas available at www.muscle-zone.pl
What is Lactobacillus acidophilus?
Lactobacillus acidophilus is a strain of rod-shaped bacteria with the ability to produce lactic acid which is beneficial to our health. These bacteria reside mainly in the intestinal mucosa. Like other probiotic strains, it can easily survive adverse conditions prevailing in specific sections of the digestive tract. As a result, it passes through the small intestine after oral administration and adheres to epithelial cells, forming small colonies. What is more, the strain was detected in the vagina, cervix and urethra. Owing to that, they can combat numerous diseases and maintain a healthy digestive and genitourinary system by competing with pathogenic microorganisms.
Apart from lactic acid production, the bacteria strain can synthesise also other organic acids which have the ability to inhibit the adhesion and proliferation of such pathogens as Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, Candida albicans, Shigella, Clostridium, Listeria and Helicobacter. By maintaining the normal pH in the intestines, it promotes the digestion of food and absorption of micro- and macronutrients.
It has been reported that this strain is capable of synthesising vitamin K. Consequently, it supports proper blood clotting and has a positive impact on bone structure.
By synthesising lactase, it can also promote lactose digestion, whereby treating unpleasant digestive ailments after consuming dairy products. It uses many bacteriocins for fighting pathogens, such as acidolin, acidophilin, lactobacillin, lactocin and many more.
It is applied in medicine in the treatment of food poisoning, improving the body’s immunity and treating illnesses with antibiotics. It is a component of many prebiotic, probiotic and functional formulas and various nutritional supplements available at www.muscle-zone.pl
What is Lactobacillus plantarum?
Lactobacillus plantarum is a strain of gram-positive, motionless, rod-shaped bacteria which ferment milk in the intestinal environment. These probotic strains are believed to be the most resistant to adverse conditions prevailing in different sections of the digestive tract. Apart from the small intestine, they were detected in the oral cavity and even vagina where they compete with pathogenic microorganisms, protecting the body from bacterial infections, viruses and mycoses.
They affect the vitality of pathogens and synthesis of compounds beneficial to the health of, e.g. lactic acid and short-chain fatty acids. As a result, it normalises intestinal function, thereby ensuring proper digestion and nutrient absorption. By using the lactase enzyme, it has the ability to break down milk sugar which is the cause of many unpleasant digestive ailments in the majority of adults.
It is used in medicine for treating irritable bowel syndrome, problems with digestion and Crohn’s disease. It is used in supplementation as one of the components of complex probiotics available at www.muscle-zone.pl
What is Lactobacillus paracasei?
Lactobacillus paracasei belongs to health-promoting probiotic bacteria. They help avoid unpleasant digestive ailments because they have the ability to break down lactose as well as produce many enzymes improving micronutrient absorption. They fight with harmful bacteria such as: Helicobacter pylori, Salmonella enterica, Campylobacter jejuni, and reduces also negative effects of Candida albicans and Listeria monocytogenes. What is more, this bacteria strain can decrease the number of bacteria in the oral cavity causing tooth decay – Streptococcus mutants.
Bacteria of this kind modulates the immune system which contributes to reducing allergies. It has also a positive effect on the production of GABA neurotransmitter, thereby helping control properly the activity of neurons and muscle tone.
Lactobacillus casei is found mainly in complex probiotic or symbiotic formulas available at www.muscle-zone.pl
Lactobacillus brevis – what is it?
Lactobacillus brevis is a Gram-positive bacteria species of the Lactobacillus genus. There are 16 different strains of L. Brevis bacteria.
The bacterium is used for restoring homeostasis in intestinal microbiota. It can be also helpful in promoting immunity and treatment of vaginal inflammation and urinary system infections. Just like other Lactobacillus bacteria, it can produce lactic acid from carbohydrates in the process of fermentation. Thus it creates slightly acidic environment, which hinders the survival of many pathogens. There are many indications that the use of L. brevis during antibiotic treatment, aiming at the fight against Clostridium difficile, can raise its effectiveness and reduce the risk of bothersome complications.
Lactobacillus bulgaricus – what is it?
Lactobacillus bulgaricus (known before as Lactobacillus delbrueckii) is a Gram-positive bacteria species, able to convert lactose into lactic acid. It is non-motile and does not form spores. It is present in digestive system of mammals and fermented products. It is one of the bacteria used for yoghurt fermentation. It was first identified in 1905 by the Bulgarian doctor Stamen Grigorov.
It is classified as a probiotic, so that it has positive influence on the human body system, i.a. by supporting the fight against pathogenic bacteria and promoting restoration of homeostasis after microbiome disorders. It can be also potentially beneficial for the functioning of the immune system. It is helpful in fight against diarrhoea caused by antibiotics and can improve digestion and absorption of nutrients. There are some indications that it can improve condition of people suffering from bowels inflammations.
Lactobacillus bulgaricus contained in many complex probiotic preparations which can be found in the offer of muscle-zone.pl
What is Lactobacillus casei?
Lactobacillus casei is a bacterium of the genus Lactobacillus which ferments lactic acid. The substrates for lactic acid production are sugar compounds, such as glucose or lactose. Due to its ability to break down the disaccharide lactose to simpler carbohydrates, the bacterium can reduce dairy intolerance. It is found in the urinary bladder where it thus competes with pathogens of the urinary system and reduces infections and the incidence of cancer.
Lactobacillus casei supports the treatment of ailments associated with stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori and treats diarrhoea related to Clostridium difficile infection. Promising results of studies were obtained in relation to the influence of this probiotic strain on the occurrence of allergies. Therefore, its positive effect has been demonstrated on acne, dermatitis, respiratory tract infections, problems with oral cavity and rheumatoid arthritis. By controlling digestion, it helps to maintain a healthy cholesterol ratio.
Lactobacillus casei is found mainly in complex probiotic or symbiotic formulas available at www.muscle-zone.pl
Lactobacillus gasseri is a lactic acid bacillus with probiotic properties. It is naturally found in the reproductive system of healthy women. It has a positive effect on the condition of the intestines and the digestive system. It may reduce the symptoms of asthma and strengthen immunity. The best-known and best-documented property of this strain is the ability to reduce excess body weight and improve metabolic parameters.
Of many mechanisms used by L. gasseri in the fight against obesity, the most important are: beneficial effects on the level of lipids and serum glucose concentration, production of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), reduction of adipocyte size and normalization of leptin levels. The anti-inflammatory activity may also play some role.
L. gasseri strains are recommended for people struggling with the metabolic syndrome and obesity. They are available in the form of a mono-preparation, but they can also be found in the composition of complex probiotic compositions, which are available at www.muscle-zone.pl
Lactobacillus reuteri are gram-positive bacteria belonging to lactobacilli. Initially, they were wrongly classified as Lactobacillus fermentum. They weren’t recognized as a separate species until 1980. They were named after the German microbiologist, Gerhard Reuter, who was the first to isolate and describe them, and conduct a series of studies on their properties.
L. reuteri bacteria are found in the intestines of some mammals and birds. Sometimes they may be also found in human milk – they are found in about 15% of breastfeeding mothers. They do not naturally colonize human intestines, therefore they are therapeutically administered from the outside, most often in the form of a dietary supplement.
L. reuteri bacteria are the only bacteria that, through glycerol fermentation, produce reuterin – a substance with antibiotic activity. In addition, they increase the number of Treg cells that are responsible for immune processes and immune tolerance. In medicine, they are mainly used in the therapy of gastrointestinal diseases, but they can also have a positive effect on immunity..
In supplementation, they appear as a mono- preparation or as one of the ingredients of probiotic formulas available at www.muscle-zone.pl
What is Lactobacillus salivarius?
Lactobacillus salivarius is a probiotic bacterium found mainly in the colon, small intestine and vagina, but it has been also detected in the oral cavity. It competes on populated areas with pathogens for a source of nutrients and adhesion site, hereby supporting other friendly bacteria strains in fighting pathogens. By adhering to the intestinal mucosa, it supports the intestinal barrier function. It has also a significant immunomodulatory action. It improves the balance between Th1 and Th1 helper cells in asthmatics, showing consequently an anti-inflammatory action. It inhibits the secretion of proinflammatory cytokines and supports the treatment of many skin allergies.
By producing lactic acid, bacteriocins and small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, it inhibits the growth or reduces the number of fungi of the genus Candida, E.coli, Salmonella ssp., Streptococcus pyogenes and Helicobacter pylori. Along with Bifidobacterium breve, it promotes the removal of Streptococcus mutans in the oral cavity which is responsible for tooth decay, dental plaque formation and mouth ulcers.
Promising results have been also observed in reducing pain. It results from the fact that Lactobacillus salivarius has the ability to induce the expression of receptors associated with pain relief, in particular OPRM1 in the intestines. What is more, it influences the brain-gut connection, hereby improving gut health after taking antibiotics or damaged by pathogens. As a result, it can contribute to improving cognitive functions, reducing depressive states and anxiety. It has also shown a beneficial impact on the cardiovascular system by reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Lactobacillus salivarius is found mainly in complex probiotic or symbiotic formulas available at www.muscle-zone.pl
What is Bifidobacterium longum?
Bifidobacterium longum is one of the most understood strains of probiotic bacteria naturally populating the human body. Like other bacteria of this kind, it promotes the digestion of lactose and other nutrients. Consequently, it helps absorb properly vitamins and nutrients in specific parts of the digestive tract.
Bifidobacterium longum supports the functioning of the immune system and inhibits the development of pathogens, in particular residing in the female vagina, by synthesising lactic acid, lysozyme and other acidic substances. It contributes to reducing inflammations and lowers cortisol levels. It has also the ability to produce B vitamins.
It is used in medicine in treating disorders of gastrointestinal disorders, such as nausea, constipation and diarrhoea. Due to the presence of this health-promoting strain in breast milk, the supplementation is recommended for gaining the best advantages to child development and health.
This bacteria strain is found mainly in complex probiotic or symbiotic formulas available at www.muscle-zone.pl
Bifidobacterium infantis – what is it?
Bifidobacterium infantis is a lactic acid bacterium present in the digestive system. It is an anaerobic bacterium, which can convert carbohydrates into lactic acid.
Bacterium is beneficial for people struggling with irritable bowel syndrome, as it reduces bloating and gas, the risk of diarrhoea and abdominal pain. B. infantis can reduce inflammations associated with particular diseases, such as psoriasis, colitis ulcerosa or chronic fatigue syndrome. What is interesting, it can quickly strengthen the intestinal barrier. Thanks to that, it contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system. It will be also helpful in case of intestinal dysbiosis, as it can fight harmful bacteria, by producing factors which will cause their death and competing over receptors in the intestinal lining to which it could attach.
Bifidobacterium bifidum – what is it?
Bifidobacterium bifidum is a Gram-positive bacteria strain of the Bifidobacterium genus. It is non-motile, anaerobic and rod-shaped. In the human body system, it is present mainly in the large intestine, but also in the final parts of the small intestine, vagina and mother’s milk. It is one of the most commonly used strains in probiotic preparations.
The benefits of the use of probiotics containing this bacterium include smaller risk of diarrhoea, induced both by infections and antibiotics, as well as lower risk of infections caused by Escherichia Coli bacteria. It can be also helpful in restoring bacterial homeostasis in vagina. Bifidobacterium bifidum can contribute to better nutrition of the whole organism, because of its ability to produce particular vitamins from B and K groups. It can be also helpful in regulation of respiratory system functions, thanks to the reduction in histamine production and improvement in antibodies response.
Bifidobacterium bifidum contained in many complex probiotic preparations which can be found in the offer of muscle-zone.pl
What is Bifidobacterium breve?
Bifidobacterium breve is a bacterium naturally residing in the large intestine whose presence and functions have a positive effect on digestion, nutrient absorption and the overall human health. It belongs to nonspore-forming gram-positive bacteria. It is extremely resistant to gastric juices present in different parts of the digestive tract and reach the adhesion site in an adequate amount. It has been demonstrated to have a particular affinity to HT-29 cell line in the intestines.
By producing organic acids and lactic acid, it reduces the alkalinity of the intestines, hereby inducing adverse effects for the development of such pathogens as Clostridium difficile, Helicobacter pylori, E.coli and Candida. Owing to that, it reduces digestive ailments associated with bacterial infection and caused by antibiotherapy. In addition, it has a positive impact in the treatment of candidiasis.
The strains of the genus Bifidobacterium have been detected in breast milk. Owing to that, after passing through the infant’s digestive tract, it shows many benefits to its healthy development. It has an indirect impact on individuals with depression, boosts focus and concentration.
Bifidobacterium breve is found mainly in complex probiotic or symbiotic formulas available at www.muscle-zone.pl
What is Bifidobacterium lactis?
Bifidobacterium lactis is a strain of probiotic bacteria capable of producing lactic acid which are classifed as gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria. They populate naturally the end part of the ileum and large intestine. Their main function is to compete for nutrients and adhesion sites with pathogenic bacteria. Their properties can be thus desribed as antidiarrhoeal, regenerating the intestinal mucosa, helping the body take in more micronutrients and regulating intestinal peristalsis.
This bacteria strain has also the ability to produce lactic acid from lactose or other substances which will hinder indirectly (by acidifying the environment) or directly (by killing bacteria) the growth and survival of such pathogenic bacteria as Salmonella or Helicobacter pylori.
The supplementation with probiotic strains helps restore healthy intestinal microflora which is nowadays disrupted by many negative environmental factors.
Starch is a plant sugar store, composed of particles of glucose produced in the process of photosynthesis (α-D-glucoses linked by α-1,4-glucosidic bonds), and is equivalent to the animal glycogen; belonging to the groups of basic carbohydrates. It consists of amylose and amylopectin. It is insoluble in water, after soaking swells making better filling of the gastrointestinal tract and reduces hunger. During the heating the gelatinization starch takes place. Starches can be divided into: native (achieved e.g. potato, corn, wheat) and wax (e.g. In the waxy maize). Native starch used in the starch production (stiffening agent) and puddings and jellies. The waxy starch amylopectin prevails. Starch is an essential nutrient in the carbohydrate diet of different nutrients and supplements, available at the www.muscle-zone.pl