What are probiotics and how to choose a good one?

What are probiotics and how to choose a good one? />


What are Probiotics?

You are aware that bacteria surround you on a daily basis. Your body is even made up of ninety percent bacteria cells and only ten percent human cells. However, there is no need to worry; many of these bacteria are beneficial to you and are necessary for your optimal health.

Probiotics, according to the World Health Organization, are “live organisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” Probiotics literally mean “for life” and are coming to the forefront of medicine as beneficial bacteria supplements to help restore our vital microbiota.

Which Natren product for me?

In order to accommodate all 9 to 11 metres (27 to 33 feet) of intestinal tract, Natren developed different products to target each individual area.

Trenev Trio Capsules: most potent probiotic available, small and large intestine, bowel, vaginal and urinary tract health
Superdophilus: small intestine, urinary and vaginal tract health
Bifidonate: large intestine (colon) health, supports liver
Bulgaricum: small and large intestine, bowel, vaginal and urinary tract health, digestive aid, scavenger that cleans up the GI tract
Life Start: babies to children up to 5 years, breastfeeding, pregnant
Yoghurt Starter: to make yoghurt at home.

For every day use, you can use all three of Natrens super strain Probiotics at one time or you can choose one bacteria for a month eg Step One, and when finished start on the next eg Step Two and so on, rotating between Step One , Step Two and Step Three. For
professional advice call us on 09 5283391 or email nicola@probiotics.co.nz.

Shall I take Capsules or powders?

The capsules contain the same freeze-dried probiotics as the powders. The powders allow you to use the amount you desire at any one time and there is no capsule to digest. Many customers love the powders- just add to liquid, preferably water. The capsules offer the convenience of a pre-measured serving, and can be handled easily when travelling. The difference between powders and capsules is that the powder starts to work in the mouth and down the oesophagus. The advantage of the powder is that it is instantaneous. It is especially useful for those with digestive problems, acid reflux, food poisoning episodes, and possibly other abdominal pains. See below dairy or dairy- free?

Or Trenev Trio?

Bacteria don’t play well together – they are competitive meaning they will compete for food and space if you put them together. So mixing bacteria’s together in a capsule will only work if they are kept separate. Natren created Trenev Trio capsules using an oil matrix delivery system which means the bacteria are enrobed by the matrix, so are kept separate, and pass safely through the stomach unscathed arriving to the small intestine ready to do their work. This is virtually 100% survivability for over an hour in a very corrosive environment. Once the bacteria are released they are ready to colonise along the intestinal wall to provide the ultimate digestive support. Trenev Trio is Natren’s most potent and popular product. Each non-dairy probiotic capsule contains a minimum of 30 billion colony forming units (cfu) of three potent, super strains of beneficial bacteria. One or more capsules taken once a day is convenient. Read more about what Trenev Trio can do for you here (put link to Trenev Trio capsules)

Dairy or Dairy- Free?

Capsules are dairy-free only; powders come in dairy free or dairy. This refers to the food the bacteria eat while they grow. Bacteria loves to grow on dairy so they make a great product, and the Natren blue label dairy powders are a long time loved favourite of customers. However Natren’s dairy-free products are designed for people who cannot tolerate milk protein and for those who choose a dairy-free lifestyle and are vegan. The dairy-free capsules contain certified organically grown chickpea extract, cellulose powder and dehydrated potato powder. The dairy free powder is chick pea only (no potato) and Trenev Trio is sunflower oil (no potato or chick pea). Goat’s milk is still considered a dairy product; however, some people with sensitive digestive systems find it easier to digest. (Life Start 2)

Trouble digesting dairy foods? Lactose Intolerant?

Lactose intolerance is the body’s inability to digest lactose – a sugar found in milk. Those with this condition are missing the enzyme lactase, which is needed to break down lactose into simple sugars that the body can use. When a person with this condition drinks milk or consumes a milk product, some or all of the product’s lactose remains undigested in the intestinal tract. Here, the undigested lactose ferments and commonly causes bloating, abdominal cramps, and diarrhoea. Lactose intolerance causes discomfort, and can be avoided by staying away from foods that contain lactose – primarily dairy products. Good news is that the wise use of Natren probiotics can help those who are lactose intolerant. You can choose Natren’s dairy free powder or capsules or try the following programme: It is best to start with dairy-based Natren probiotic products, as they produce the most lactase, which is necessary to help your body digest the lactose in milk and milk products. Use Superdophilus Dairy, Bifidonate Dairy, and Bulgaricum Dairy which produce lactase to help digest milk and milk products. It is best to start with very small amounts of probiotics and increase the amounts gradually. Start with 1/8 th teaspoon of Superdophilus, Bifidonate and Bulgaricum mixed in half a glass of water, taken once a day before any meal. Gradually increase the amount to 1⁄4 teaspoon of each powder, then to 1/2 a teaspoon of each powder. Slowly start to re-introduce a small amount of a dairy food into your diet. Then add another dairy product in a little amount. If symptoms of lactose intolerance start, stop the dairy products and re-introduce later after you have taken probiotics for a longer time.

For Babies and children?

Life Start is the preferred, specially formulated probiotic for infants and toddlers up to the age of four to five, breastfeeding and pregnant mothers. It can be used successfully by people of all ages or were born by Caesarean Section or were not breast-fed. If you want dairy free, use Life Start Vegan. If you want s goat milk version, use Life Start 2. Life Start can be used from birth. Natren has been manufacturing Life Start infant probiotics for over 20 years. This children’s probiotic powder was specifically formulated for a baby’s developing gastrointestinal tract. Older children can use the other Natren Probiotic powders and capsules if the can swallow them.