BioMaintenance™ Shelf Stable Probiotic 50 Billion / 12 Strains
Our robust probiotic provides powerful dosing and offers diversity with 12 strains to rapidly replenish beneficial bacteria. Probiotics encourage bowel motility, balanced immune function and resistance to infection. These 12 strains were carefully researched and tested for resistance to digestion, adherence to intestinal cells and stability. Our product is formulated to have 50 billion viable CFU at the end of its two-year shelf life when left unrefrigerated.
- Aids in the healthy digestion of lactose*
- Supports a balanced immune response*
- Positively shifts microbial balance in the gut*
- Offers support during times of travel, medication use, or stress*
What is BioMaintenance™ Shelf Stable Probiotic?
The Latin-derived term “probiotic” translates to “for life”. It was first used by Lilly and Stillwell in 1965 to describe “substances secreted by one microorganism which stimulates the growth of another” and was coined to contrast the term antibiotic (“against life”) . Our probiotic provides powerful dosing and offers increased therapeutic diversity with 12 strains to rapidly replenish beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal system. Just by inhabiting the human gut, probiotics encourage bowel motility, balanced immune function, and resistance to infection. These 12 strains were carefully researched and chosen for therapeutic benefit, resistance to digestion, adherence to intestinal cells, and stability. Unlike many probiotic supplements, BioMaintenance™ Shelf Stable Probiotic does not require refrigeration to maintain its potency.
How does BioMaintenance™ Shelf Stable Probiotic Work?
The gastrointestinal system contains the largest population of bacteria in any organ system. Beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract interact and communicate with immune cells, intestinal cells, and neurons in the body to influence digestive health, immune health, and overall well-being . For the gastrointestinal system to function properly, however, gut flora must be in balance. The gut microbiome can become unbalanced for a wide variety of reasons, but some of the most common are changes in diet, age, stress, travel, and sleep.
The intestine is lined with sites to which bacteria can adhere. If the sites are populated with good microbes, there is nowhere for harmful bacteria to latch on. Antibiotics often cause digestive side effects (such as diarrhea) as antibiotics kill off bacteria arbitrarily, wiping out both good and bad bacteria. Balance can be restored, however, through the introduction of probiotics to a patient's health regimen [1,2,3]. Probiotic supplementation can change the composition of a patient’s intestinal micro-flora from a potentially harmful composition towards a population of microflora that benefits the host. Generally, this means reducing the number of, e.g. coliforms and clostridia, replacing them with diverse species of lactobacilli and/or bifidobacteria .
As an aid to the immune system, the gastrointestinal tract functions as a barrier against antigens from ingested microorganisms and food . Probiotics may also function by improving the intestine’s immunologic barrier through intestinal immunoglobulin A responses and controlling inflammation, thereby stabilizing the gut . Many probiotic effects are mediated through immune regulation, particularly through balance control of inflammatory cytokines.
Lactobacillus strains make up a significant portion of healthy microflora. Species in this genus all create lactic acid by metabolizing sugar. This increase in acidity creates an inhospitable environment for harmful organisms and helps to cleanse the digestive system of toxins and waste. Lactobacillus acidophilus metabolizes sugar by making the enzyme lactase, which is responsible for breaking down lactose. Insufficient production of lactase by the body is the root cause of lactose intolerance. Therefore, Lactobacillus acidophilus may reduce digestion-associated discomfort in people who typically suffer from lactose intolerance .
Lactobacillus acidophilus exists naturally in the body, primarily in the intestines and the vagina. The DDS®-1 strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus contained in Metabolic Maintenance Products’ proprietary probiotic blend, BioMaintenance®, is a unique strain of L. acidophilus known to have a high tolerance to acidity, giving it strong survivability for passage through the stomach and into the bowel where it can colonize .
Lactobacillus plantarum is another species of Lactobacillus that also makes up a high proportion of BioMaintenance®. Lactobacillus plantarum has been documented to synthesize some essential nutrients, such as L-lysine . L. plantarum has significant antioxidant activities and also helps to maintain and control intestinal permeability. It has been shown to suppress the growth of gas-producing bacterium in the intestines and may, therefore, be beneficial in the reduction of painful symptoms in patients suffering from IBS. In the gut, L. plantarum helps to create microbe balance and stabilize digestive enzyme patterns, but it has also been found to increase hippocampal, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, suggesting L. plantarum may also help to improve your mood . The ability of L. plantarum to survive in the gastrointestinal tract also makes it a great candidate for oral supplementation.
Bifidobacterium strains are found in the mouth, throughout the digestive tract, and make up the largest proportion of the bacterial flora in the colon . Bifidobacterium species and strains play a vital role in breaking down and utilizing carbohydrates. Bifidobacterium lactis, the strain making up the highest proportion of Bifidobacterium in BioMaintenance®, is a very powerful transient probiotic bacteria. Scientific studies have shown B. lactis to enhance immunity, improve digestion, and aid in the healthful management of cholesterol levels more significantly than any other probiotic species yet identified .
Bifidobacterium lactis is an integral factor in supporting the overall digestion of sugars, fibers, and macronutrients, and it is partially responsible for the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the gut . In the mouth, healthy B. lactis colonies can reduce the amount of cavity-causing bacteria . B. lactis can also help to reduce the frequency and severity of respiratory diseases [6,7]. B. lactis supports the integrity of the gut lining and makes it more difficult for foreign materials to pass through the gut wall into the rest of the body [2,6]. It is through this effect that B. lactis has been shown to decrease the toxic effects of gluten on the intestinal lining.
What are the Suggested Uses for BioMaintenance™ Shelf Stable Probiotic?
- Can aid in the healthy digestion of lactose by promoting lactase-secreting microflora.
- Supports a balanced immune response.
- Positively shifts microbial balance in the gut by replenishing populations of beneficial species and discouraging survival of harmful species of bacteria
- Offers digestive and immune support during times of travel, medication use, or stress.
Allergens: According to information provided by our suppliers, these capsules are free of the eight major allergens as identified by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA): Wheat (gluten), eggs, milk, soybeans, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts.
Recommendations: Use as directed by a healthcare professional.
Precautions: Pregnant or lactating women and individuals taking prescription medications should consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplement.