BIOHM Probiotics Retain Viability in Low pH Environment
Probiotics in various combinations and in various forms have become popular supplements for establishing and maintaining gut health. However, commercial products vary in the effectiveness of their specific probiotic strains and the ability of these strains to survive the acidic environment of the stomach.
A novel probiotic, manufactured by BIOHM, LLC, has a unique formulation of Saccharomyces boulardii, Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, and Bifidobacterium breve, in combination with amylase, which has been developed to re-balance the bacterial and fungal population of the human gastrointestinal tract and combat digestive biofilms formed by pathogenic bacteria and fungi.
Variable acidic environments influence multiple aspects of the functioning of the human GI tract. For example, it is important to determine the effect of pH levels on therapeutics and supplements administered by the oral route. Extensive studies have been performed to determine the effects of pH on the absorption of nutrients from foods, as well as on therapeutic drugs such as cancer drugs and antifungal agents. Data from these studies have demonstrated that a highly acidic environment often has a negative effect upon absorption.
In light of conflicting reports on the effectiveness of physical means such as microencapsulation, it is important to determine which probiotic strains are not only effective in preventing or correcting dysbiosis in the gut but which are capable of surviving as free cells in the acidic environment of the stomach.
Journal of Probiotics and Health
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