NewLife Immuflora represents a technological breakthrough, which produces special strains of Bifidobacterium Longum and Lactobacillus Acidophilus. These large numbers of well-protected organisms are to make safe passage through the stomach acids and emerge intact in the small and large intestines.
Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus Acidophilus are compatible to each other and our natural inhabitants of the human intestines and vagina.
ImmuFlora also contains FructoOligosaccharides that helps to stimulate the growth of these friendly organisms in the gastrointestinal tract.
These unique blends synergically work together to provide the most conducive intestinal environment with healthy microflora for optimum immune function.
All natural ingredients containing no artificial colour, flavour, or preservatives.
As a dietary supplement, one sachet a day. Suitable for infants, children and adults. Best taken on an empty stomach, 1/2 – hour before mealtime.
Store in a cool, dry place.
Each sachet (2 gm) contains:
- Bifidobacterium Longum 10 billion viable cells
- Lactobacillus Acidophilus 1 billion viable cells
- Fructo-Oligosaccharides 200 mg
- Natural lemon flavour
Squatters In The Guts – Friends or Foes?
In the dark, damp world of the gastrointestinal tract, there live colonies of billions of microorganisms, some of which arrive within a few days after one’s birth. A vast number of bacterial creatures (the good guys’) live in healthy, helpful, cooperative symbiosis with their human hosts. There are also the bad guys’ – the pathogenic, or disease providing bacteria (as well as virus, fungi, etc.) which often invade certain recesses of our bodies. Our level of health depends to a large extent upon the condition of the friendly bacteria and the control which they are able to exert over their less friendly brethren.
Yes, deep in the unseen world of our gastrointestinal tract, the battles rages on, populations rise and fall, industry thrives and constant defense is exercised by these friendly bacteria against some dangerous aliens looking for a place to set foot and colonize. Unknown to us, these keepers of the guts take good care of their environment (the human body), which so generously provides them with shelter, warmth and food, in return for essential labor and a defense role. Not only do these friendly bacteria help to digest our food, manufacture essential vitamins and prevent cancer-causing chemicals from forming, they also act strongly to defend against undesirable micro-organisms which may appear.
Many illnesses have now been linked to the lack of friendly bacteria. Metchinkoff, in the late 19th century, postulated that toxic amines produced by bacterial putrefaction of food were the cause of degenerative diseases and that ingestion of fermented foods containing Lactobacilli could prolong life by decreasing gut putrefaction. Research has further pointed to 2 major health problems, Rheumatoid arthritis (Rh.A) and Ankylosis spondylitis (A.K.) that are associated with overgrowth in the intestines of particularly harmful bacteria, proteus and klebsiella respectively.
The Honoured Heroes-Probiotics
Because of the protective and therapeutic benefits which friendly bacteria give, they are also called Probiotics (pro-life), which indicates that they support and enhance life. The main probiotics in our guts that help us to fight and stay healthy are Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus: A natural inhabitant found in the small and large intestines, mouth and vagina. They are the most prominent residents in the small intestines.
Bifidobacteria: A natural inhabitant of the human intestine and vagina. They are a major component of the large intestine’s microflora in babies, adolescents, and adults.
Bifidobacteria play an important part in the development of a baby’s digestive function and immune system. When the intestinal flora counts are low and/or of poor quality, food sensitivity and malabsorption problems are more common, which are often characterized by allergies and susceptibility to infection. Bifidobacteria also help in healthy weight gain in infants.
What are the Beneficial Functions of Probiotics?
Their major beneficial functions are as follows: –
- Probiotics prevent the colonization of the intestine by invading pathogenic bacteria or yeast with which they compete for nutrients and attachment sites.
- Probiotics assist In liver health.
- Probiotics produce lactic acid and acetic acid from the sugars found in our food intake. This creates an acidic environment unfavourable for the growth of many harmful bacteria
- Probiotics produced acids also stimulate the intestines’ peristalsis that helps constipation problems and accelerate the elimination of the pathogenies from the intestines
- Probiotics manufacture essential B-vitamins for our use.
- Probiotics manufacture the milk-digesting enzyme lactase, which helps to digest calcium-rich dairy products. In general, they aid in the digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Probiotics produce antibiotic substances which destroy hostile invading bacteria, viruses and yeasts (Naturally enough they are doing this to preserve their territory, not because they love you!)
- Probiotics have been shown to have powerful anti-carcinogenic features which am active against certain tumours.
- Probiotics effectively help to restore cholesterol to healthy levels
- Probiotics help protect against radiation damage as well as deactivating many toxic pollutants
- Probiotics help to recycle estrogen (one of the female hormones), which reduces the likelihood of menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis.
- Therapeutically probiotics have been shown to be useful in treatment of acne, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, migraine, gout (by reducing uric add levels), rheumatic and arthritic conditions, cystitis, candidiasis, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as some forms of cancer!
What Are the Factors Affecting the Bacterial Flora Balance?
The presence of friendly bacteria also fills up the void in our guts, living in symbiosis with the human host that otherwise would be colonized by harmful bacteria. It is thus important to know that the bacterial flora balance is affected by the following:-
- Use of antibiotics and other drugs
- Disturbed gastric function
- Disorders of intestinal motility (constipation, spastic colitis, diarrhoea, etc)
- Altered acid production from the stomach (production commonly lowers as we age)
- Conditions such as pernicious anaemia (which is accompanied by altered stomach acidity)
- Excessive stress
- Smoking & alcohol
- Changes in the structure or function of the Gl tract such as diverticulosis or regional enteritis (Crohn’s disease)
- X-ray irradiation or other radiation exposure
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Immune system deficiency
- Bacterial flora levels decline with age and also in various conditions of ill-health.
- Most chronic disease states are accompanied by (many say they are preceded by) altered Gl tract flora.
- They are also affected to a large extent by the degree of infection due to yeasts and bacteria to which ’their’ territory (your bowels) are subjected.
- The population greatly decreases with a diet of meat, cows’ milk, food additives, fried food, refined sugars, and carbonated drink.
- They thrive in the presence of bacteria food, like live yogurt and cottage cheese. In particular, the presence of the prebiotics called Fructo Oligosaccharides are well known to greatly enhance the growth and strength of the friendly bacteria in the intestines.
What is Bacteria Food?
It is found that the activity and strength of the friendly bacteria are greatly enhanced by certain food constituents. In particular, the prebiotics called Fructo-Oligosaccharides are well known to stimulate the growth of the friendly bacteria. Fructo-Oligosaccharides are a group of indigestible food ingredients that are capable of modifying the environment of the intestines to enhance and protect the indigenous friendly bacteria.
Human studies have shown significant increases in bifidobacteria (beneficial bacteria in the gut) and decreases in pathogenic colonic bacteria from ingestion of the Fructo-Oligosaccharides.
Research has also shown Fructo-Oligosaccharides aid in the absorption of minerals like dietary calcium and magnesium.