Probiotics- the right strain for the job.
Dr. Andrew Arnold from Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre believes Pro-biotics are a very helpful supplement for a range of conditions:
Novel uses of probiotics include:
- Cervical dysplasia
- Prevention of gestational diabetes
- Prevention of postpartum obesity
- Prevention and treatment of atopic eczema
- Anxiety & depression
- Low immunity
- Gastrooesophageal reflux
- Prevention of urinary tract infections
It is important to note strains of bacteria within the same species may vary in regards to:
- shelf stability
- resistance to gastric acid and bile salts
- adherence capacity & method of adherence
- colonisation capacity
- ability to produce anti-microbial Compounds
What many people are unware of are actions & qualities are fundamentally strain specific!!!!!
The same way we use different breeds of dogs for different jobs, we use different strains of bacteria for different therapeutic applications. The most important facet in probiotic prescribing is administering the right strain for the job.
Naturopaths are well positioned to assess your Probiotics needs.
When assessing probiotic supplements it is also important to be aware Lactobacillus Bifidus was renamed bifidobacterium bifidum over 30 years ago, yet the improper nomenclature continues to be widely used, this should be a red flag that the company has not done their research or a good job to source the therapeutic strain for their product. Similarly, lactobacillus sporogenes has been named Bacillus coagulants many years ago so if a company or product is claiming to have theses strains chances are that’s a good reason not to use it.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor from Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.