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Bacillus

If the digesting of food is a job assignment, then the microflora that lives in the human gut is like a toolbox to achieve this task. When the human body is weakened by digestive problems, it is quite possible that your "toolbox" needs encouragement via a probiotic supplement. The genus bacillus, which is more specific than the broad class known as bacilli, contains several specific species of bacteria that can be useful in breaking down digestive toxins. The natural layer of mucus in the lower digestive system is sometimes prone to weakness, which can create digestive discomfort. Some species of bacillus are helpful in maintaining the health of this important mucus layer. Think of bacillus as a friendly bacteria that acts as a guardian against interlopers, and you will have a good parallel in picturing your body's interactions; these internal interactions help to preserve a healthy intestinal system.

According to a study produced by Ilse J. Broekaert and W. Allan Walker in Mar 2006, several findings on the potency of the genus bacillus were found. The majority of probiotics naturally inhabit the human intestinal microflora, or bacteria that normally occur in the digestive system. Clinical research has proven that probiotics offer preventive and curative features. To quote this study directly, "Positive, strain-specific effects of probiotics have been shown in diarrheal diseases, inflammatory bowel diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and Helicobacter pylori-induced gastritis, and in atopic diseases and in the prevention of cancer." Although they suggest that additional study is necessary on the effectiveness of specific bacterial strains, they cite many foods that already contain beneficial bacillus probiotics, such as yogurt and infant formula.

A 2006 article on probiotics and neonatal intestinal infection by Hammerman and Kaplan revealed that the use of bacillus probiotics was simpler and less invasive than drugs in helping to normalize the microflora in the gut. Because bacillus helped to bolster natural host defenses, it was considered a safer course of treatment. As a food supplement, bacillus was considered less aggressive, more natural, and effective as a prophylactic or "disease prevention" measure. These are powerful statements that show how legitimate medical uses of the probiotic bacillus have expanded in the past decade.

In the June 2006 publication, "Journal of Applied Microbiology," Parvez and Malik revealed the following findings:

"Most probiotics fall into the group of organisms known as lactic acid-producing bacteria and are normally consumed in the form of yogurt, fermented milks or other fermented foods. Some of the beneficial effect of lactic acid bacteria consumption include: (i) improving intestinal tract health; (ii) enhancing the immune system, synthesizing and enhancing the bioavailability of nutrients; (iii) reducing symptoms of lactose intolerance, decreasing the prevalence of allergy in susceptible individuals; and (iv) reducing risk of certain cancers."

Bacillus is one of the primary bacteria associated with fermented milk products. As the article continues, the mechanisms by which probiotics exert their effects are described. They may involve modifying gut pH, antagonizing pathogens through production of antimicrobial compounds, competing for pathogen-binding and receptor sites, as well as for available nutrients and growth factors, stimulating immunomodulatory cells, and producing lactase. The article reviews health maintenance and disease prevention aspects of several strains in the probiotic array of helpful bacteria, and praises the cost-effectiveness of this food supplement. A bacillus supplement is described as one of the possible helpful products in creating a barrier against microbial infection. This description fits our earlier parallel of bacillus as a useful tool or guardian of the proper-functioning intestine.

Sylvia Santosa, Edward Farnworth, and Peter Jones produced a study on probiotics in 2006 with the following conclusion:

"The strongest evidence is related to the use of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG in the prevention and treatment of rotavirus-associated diarrhea. Further examination of the literature also shows promise in the treatment of some forms of irritative bowel syndrome (IBS) with probiotics." Although the article makes very general claims, it does recommend more studies of bacillus so that specific strains which might be beneficial to particular diseases can be fully explored. The article draws on a variety of human and animal studies that have shown how bacillus supplements were effective in benefitting digestive health.

In their 2006 article entitled "Recommendations for probiotic use," Martin Floch and Karen Madsen made the following recommendation: "[Probiotics] may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of acute diarrhea in adults and children and the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in adults and children....early results indicate that probiotics may also be useful in immunologic modulation to prevent atrophy, treatment of radiation intestinal disease, vaginosis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome..." Comparative and dose-ranging trials are recommended as further studies in this article. It is reassuring for users of our bacillus supplement that our company has gone further into such dose-ranging trials and laboratory studies in order to better define the efficacy of certain bacillus strains, especially those which are human-derived.

In a dramatic 2005 study, mice with colitis who were fed Lactobacillus showed a better reaction than those without it, according to Peter Lange Moller and Anders Paerregaard. The mice in the study who were fed the Lactobacillus in their water supply had a tendency to produce higher interferon-gamma, indicating a significant boost to the immune system, perhaps due to the microbial "guardian" function of bacillus that was discussed above. The harmful microbial interactions that typify colitis discomfort, such as interleukin-4 secretion, were found at lower levels in the mice that received bacillus supplements.

Bacillus has been held up as a useful therapeutic strain in other studies: De Luis and Santamaria studied the influence of dietary yogurt with positive results in 2005. This was a Spanish study of 44 allergic patients who were affected in a beneficial manner by the microbial aspects of bacillus. By comparison, the human-derived bacillus in our own company's supplements has similar benefits as yogurt bacillus. Our own studies have indicated superior performance of the human-derived over the dairy-derived probiotics. For customers with dairy allergies, a totally non-dairy form of bacillus may offer greater comfort than the risk of trusting a very generalized food label.

Since yogurt labeling can be misleading in the claims of how many grams of "live probiotic cultures" are present, we believe that a completely non-dairy source of bacillus may be safer than asking a lactose-intolerant individual to assess the scientific merits of a yogurt label. Many people exhibit varying levels of lactose intolerance, sometimes with occasional mild symptoms, and sometimes in the form of an extreme allergy. Yogurt with a low level of active cultures is prevalent in grocery stores, and those products can cause stomach irritation when their significant lactose levels are unmitigated by real probiotic cultures. The human-derived bacillus in our supplements can legitimately boast the dietary and therapeutic benefits shown in multiple studies cited above. For lactose intolerant individuals, non-dairy sources can even more compatible with human digestion, in comparison to dairy sources of bacillus. Your digestive toolbox will thank you for the addition of bacillus in the form of a probiotic supplement.

SOURCES:
1. Ilse J. Broekaert and W. Allan Walker. "Probiotics and Chronic Disease." Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Vol. 40, No. 3, Mar 2006, pp. 270-274.

2. Cathy Hammerman and Michael Kaplan. "Probiotics and Neonatal Intestinal Infection." Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases, Vol. 19, No. 3, Jun 2006, pp. 277-282.

3. S. Parvez, K. A. Malik, S. Ah Kang and H.Y. Kim. "Probiotics and their fermented food products are beneficial for health." Journal of Applied Microbiology, Vol. 100, No. 6, Jun 2006, pp. 1171-1185.

4. Sylvia Santosa, Edward Farnworth and Peter J. H. Jones. "Probiotics and their potential health claims." Nutrition Reviews, Vol. 64, No. 6, Jun 2006, pp. 265-274.

5. Martin H. Floch, Karen K. Madsen and David J. A. Jenkins, et al. "Recommendations for probiotic use." Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Vol. 40, No. 3, Mar 2006, pp. 275-278.

6. D. A. de Luis, A. R. Santamaría, M. González Sagrado, O. Izaola, A. Armentía and R. Aller. "Study of the influence of dietary yogurt in an allergic population." Anales de Medicina Interna. (Madrid, Spain : 1984), Vol. 22, No. 2, Feb 2005, pp. 55-58.

7. Osamu Kanauchi, Yoshiaki Matsumoto, Masae Matsumura, Masamichi Fukuoka and Tadao Bamba. "The beneficial effects of microflora, especially obligate anaerobes, and their products on the colonic environment in inflammatory bowel disease." Current Pharmaceutical Design, Vol. 11, No. 8, 2005, pp. 1047-1053.

8. Peter Lange Moller, Anders Paerregaard, Monika Gad, Nanna Ny Kristensen and Mogens Helweg Claesson. "Colitic scid mice fed Lactobacillus spp. show an ameliorated gut histopathology and an altered cytokine profile by local T cells." Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Vol. 11, No. 9, Sep 2005, pp. 814-819.
 

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