Probiotics – Busting myths

Do we know everything about probiotics?

To answer this question, the specialists at DEM4 Laboratory will bust some myths concerning these microcultures. To find out more, keep reading. 

Vision and DEM4 Laboratory are the creators of the probiotic BIO-In program, therefore it is important to make known the research results so that everyone would base their opinion on reliable first hard information rather than on myths.

Find out more about probiotics offered by Vision through Bio-In programs by clicking here. 

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Myth: All probiotic supplements are basically the same.

FACT: This is fundamentally wrong. Theoretically every single probiotic supplement available on the market is unique in itself. Some probiotics contain a single strain of good bacteria, while others contain multiple strains. Certain strains of the same species of intestinal bacteria have different roles. A more profound study of probiotic bacteria of different strains and species has found that their biological characteristics, functional state and relationship with the microorganism differ significantly, therefore a certain microorganism is able to occupy its niche at specific level. Thanks to the data collected in the study developed, designed and applied in practice by DEM4 Laboratory, the probiotics differentiate in pathogenic therapy for various diseases.

myths about probiotics and prebiotics

Myth: Supplement labels provide accurate bacteria counts.

FACT: Usually not. Labels don’t typically contain detailed information on live bacteria and concentration levels, but instead simply state the supplement has “live bacteria” or “live cultures”. High quality supplements from reputable manufacturers will indicate a reliable microbe count, while also listing the organisms’ genus, species and strain.

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Myth: Yoghurts are a good source of probiotics.

FACT: Firstly, not all yoghurts have probiotics in them. Secondly, yoghurts, like many functional foods that claim to contain probiotics, are ineffective in delivering those probiotics in the intestine and cannot ensure that the probiotic cultures survive stomach acid. In addition, very few yoghurts come close to providing even the minimum effective dose of 10 billion culture forming units (CFUs) recommended by microbiologists. And to make matters worse, most yoghurt servings contain sugar which suppresses bacteria.

myths about probiotics and prebiotics

Myth: Diet does not have any influence on probiotic effectiveness.

FACT: This illusion can destroy probiotic effectiveness. Diet is crucial in this issue. A balanced diet helps the probiotic cultures to establish themselves in the intestine. To do this, it must be rich in prebiotics which in turn are food for probiotics. The presence of prebiotic components digested by probiotics enhances the probability that probiotics colonize and inhabit the gut. Ordinary foods contain good amounts of prebiotics. Asparagus, onions, tomatoes, wheat and chicory are rich in fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Inulin is found in topinambur and chicory root; raffinose in beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and wholemeal grain; pectin in apples, plums, black currants, beetroot, carrots and parsley.

Myth: Low strength probiotic supplements taken over time are as effective as new generation probiotics.

FACT: This is not true. Probiotic effectiveness depends primarily on the state in which they reach the gut where they are supposed to form colonies. Stomach acid pH kills most probiotics. This means that “low strength” strains are ineffective even when taken over a long period of time because they simply don’t reach their destination. This is the reason old generation probiotics don’t work well. They don’t have any effect, even over weeks and months.

myths about probiotics and prebiotics

Only new generation probiotics have high potency. New technology makes probiotics stomach acid resistant. New methods applied during their manufacture protect each culture from stomach acid. The probiotics reach the gut and establish themselves effectively and people feel them working in just days. 

myths about probiotics and prebiotics

Myth: Single strain probiotics are as effective as multi strain products.

FACT: No, and the reason is simple. The gastrointestinal tract is a complex organ. Single strain probiotics cannot colonise all the various niches in the gastrointestinal tract, while multi-strain products can effectively restore the body’s microbial balance. For example, Enterobacteriaceae strains are effective in the small intestine while Bifidobacterium strains work best in the colon. Lactobacillus strains are effective in both small and large intestines.

myths about probiotics and prebiotics

Each species of these bacteria struggles for nutrition and therefore suppresses pathogenic and facultative pathogenic bacteria strains and also produces a complex of biologically active compounds (lysozyme, lactic acid etc) which have a facultative effect on pathogenic microbes. They create a barrier all along the gastrointestinal tract and therefore prevent the pathogenic microflora from inhabiting the gut. If a probiotic product contains one single bacteria strain, it is very unlikely that it will be as effective as a number of normal bacteria.

Interesting facts 

Probiotics play a fundamental role in 80% of our immune responses

The intestines have a surface about the size of a tennis court. More than 2 thirds of all immune cells are located in the gut tissues, where they line this huge surface and come into contact with bacterial compounds. Probiotics stimulate various immune cells which modulate their activity and coordinate the immune responses in the whole body. Therefore, a healthy digestive tract with a balanced microflora greatly contributes to improved immunity and overall health.

myths about probiotics and prebiotics

Probiotics are great for our skin

A large number of bacteria inhabit our skin. Together with sebum and other components they produce a natural protective layer which helps the skin to retain moisture and repel harmful substances. Good bacteria which live in skin produces substances which prevent the growth of pathogenic microorganisms. Alkaline cleansers like soap disturb the pH balance and wash out the protective layer. Minimize your use of alkaline cleansers to help retain a balanced skin microflora.

myths about probiotics and prebiotics

Most probiotic products on the market don’t work

Glenn Gibson, a Reading University professor of food microbiology, warns that most probiotic drinks, yoghurts, powders and capsules on the market do not work. According to Professor Gibson, there is research showing that a great part of products you can buy in the UK for example, don’t match up. Even if they do contain beneficial bacteria, it’s either the wrong proportion or the wrong numbers.

myths about probiotics and prebiotics

The total weight of probiotics is on our body is heavier than our brain

The human brain is about 1.4 kg and a healthy human body has about 1.5 – 1.6 kg of probiotic microorganisms. The fact that our heart weights about 300 gr and our liver weights around 1.5 kg means the probiotic bacteria in our body could be considered one of its largest organs.

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Probiotics are bacteria and fungi that make us healthy

The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. These probiotics can be probiotic bacteria of different strains but also other microorganisms like yeast (fungi).

The difference between pathogenic bacteria and probiotics is that probiotic cultures have symbiotic relationship with our bodies while pathogens are an aggressive destroying factor. Those who care about their health and are fearful of infections and fungi, will find probiotic strains highly beneficial for their health and for creating a defensive barrier against the pathogenic microflora.

There are more than 100 known benefits of taking probiotics

According to Casey Adam, a scientist of Natural Health Sciences, there are more than 100 benefits to using probiotics. Numerous studies have shown different species of probiotics have different health benefits. However, to be effective, these probiotics must be taken in the correct dosage and in the right combination. For example, almost every probiotic study requires the patient to take large, therapeutic doses for at least 2 months. Many of the studies reporting benefits were of users who took probiotics in large doses daily for an entire year.

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Probiotics live throughout our entire body, not only in our stomach

The largest numbers of probiotics cultures live in the colon, but billions also live in the mouth, the nasal cavity, the esophagus, on the lips and in the pockets of our pleural cavity (surrounding our lungs). They also dwell within the genital tract, aroung the rectum, within joints, under the armpits, under the toenails, between the toes, inside our urinary tract and in many other places.

myths about probiotics and prebiotics

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