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what are human strains of beneficial bacteria?

By Anonymous May 2, 2009 - 6:11pm
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I just finished with antibiotics and was told to take probiotics. I am planning to take a non dairy product sind I am lactose intolerant. It says its formulated with human strains of beneficial bacteria. Please tell me what "human strains means", where is it derived from?

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question!

"Human strains" just means "Human types". There are good microbes and harmful ones everywhere - in foods (like raw fruits and veggies) and those naturally occurring in the human body - mostly in the gut. This is why we need to eat whole foods and not processed ones - we gain those healthy bacteria from whole foods. These probiotics in our gut are the human strains. This good bacteria and bad bacteria, meaning the good can be healthy and beneficial for our health and the bad can cause illness of disease, usually maintain a good balance in our bodies. We have tended to always think of bacteria as being a bad thing (similar to how we think of "fat" and "carbohydrates" as bad) and this is not the case (for any of the above).

The good bacteria found in our gut is often called Probiotics. They help with our immune systems in order for us to fight off viruses and bad bacteria that can make us ill.

It's thought that human strains can adhere to our intestines better than non human forms. These come from intestinal samples or even human milk (made with lactic acid). But remember, you are not consuming a human! Simply the healthy probiotics.

Find out what kind of strain it is - it should say on the bottle. Is it derived from the gut? Probiotics can actually help someone who is lactose intolerant by promoting lactese in the body. People who are lactose intolerant lack the enzyme lactese).

Antibiotics can often kill both the 'bad' and 'good' bacteria in a person which is probably why you were advised to take probiotics afterwards, in order to restore a natural balance in your body.

Here is some more information on probiotics : http://www.empowher.com/community/share/why-do-we-need-probiotics

I hope this helps!

May 3, 2009 - 5:02am
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