How to choose the best probiotics for Nutraceutical Products?
- February 25, 2019
- Posted by: MahaChem
- Category: BLOG, Food LS, Living Science
How much do you know about "Probiotics"?
Probiotics are live microorganisms intended to provide gastrointestinal health when consumed. There are more than 100 trillion living microorganisms inhabited in our intestines, with both beneficial and harmful varieties in balance.
Due to aging, lifestyle and stress, good bacteria inside of us will decrease, and bad bacteria will increase. Consuming probiotics can help to maintain the number of beneficial bacteria inside our intestines to fight against pathogen and disease-causing bacteria.
Types of Probiotic Species and Bifidobacterium
Generally, there are two types of probiotic species in the market:
- Lactobacillus species – convert carbohydrates into lactic acid. Lactic acid has the capability of destroying disease-causing bacteria or pathogens.
- Bifidobacterium species – besides converting carbohydrates into lactic acid, bifidobacteria also produce acetic acid, a substance that has a strong bactericidal property and can speed up the contractions of the stomach that push pathogens out of the body system in stool.
Bifidobacteria which produce both lactic and acetic acid make them a superior probiotic with more functional health benefits.
Guideline to choose the best Bifidobacteria
There are many species and strains of Bifidobacteria but their source is important. Bifidobacteria can be found in both human and animals. But Bifidobacterium species that live inside human are not found in animal and vice versa.
Human body would respond best to bacteria naturally suited to human intestine. Therefore, Bifidobacterium longum BB536 are made exclusively from strains of human origin to be compatible with human body.
Below is the study indicate the effect of BB536-supplemented yogurt compared to consuming regular yogurt and no yogurt at all. Over the course of 2 weeks, the group that consumed BB536-supplemented yogurt demonstrated healthier digestion with increase defecation, decrease ammonia content in faeces and higher percentage of Bifidobacterium in gut flora.
Besides, Bifidobacterium longum BB536 demonstrated long term stability with a longer survival rate under different storage conditions over time. Under the mass production of probiotics supplement, there might not be any living bacteria left by the time consumer consume it due to bacteria instability. However, Chart below shown survival rate of BB536 over the course of 36 months, compared to two other probiotics supplements:
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