What does Jarro-Dophilus® Original do?
Probiotic bacteria in Jarro-Dophilus® are selected from two genera, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. Jarro-Dophilus® survives stomach acid and colonizes the intestines. Bidobacteria longum BB536 (morinaga strain) has been shown to colonize, stimulate immune response and suppress intestinal putrefactive bacteria. Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0011 is a unique, high producer of polysaccharides that facilitate colonization and stimulate intestinal immune response. Lactobacillus acidophilus R0052 assists in breaking down lactose (milk sugar) which may improve digestion of dairy products by those individuals who are lactose intolerant.* At time of manufacture, each capsule contains approximately 3.4 billion probiotic organisms in the following percentages and amounts:
What are the main ingredients of Jarro-Dolphilus?
The key component of Jarro-Dolphilus is Lactobacillus Acidophilus (Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria).
Lactobacillus: is a genus of Gram-positive facultative anaerobic or microaerophilic bacteria. They are a major part of the lactic acid bacteria group, named as such because most of its members convert lactose and other sugars to lactic acid. They are common and usually benign. In humans they are present in the vagina and the gastrointestinal tract, where they are symbiotic and make up a small portion of the gut flora. Many species are prominent in decaying plant material. The production of lactic acid makes its environment acidic which inhibits the growth of some harmful bacteria. Several members of the genus have had their genome sequenced.
Bifidobacteria: is a genus of Gram-positive, non-motile, often branched anaerobic bacteria. Bifidobacteria are one of the major genera of bacteria that make up the gut flora, the bacteria that reside in the colon. Bifidobacteria aid in digestion, are associated with a lower incidence of allergies (Björkstén et al., 2001) and also prevent some forms of tumor growth (Guarner and Malagelada, 2003). Some bifidobacteria are being used as probiotics.
What are Lactobacillus Acidophilus sources?
The primary dietary sources of Lactobacillus Acidophilus (Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria) are fermented dairy foods, and milk products enriched with acidophilus. Foods providing adequate amounts of acidophilus include live yogurt cultures, miso, and tempeh. These products vary greatly concerning the type of bacteria used and their individual potencies. Another source of probiotics include dried or liquid cultures of living bacteria made available in a variety of nutritional supplements. These cultures are often marketed as freeze-dried powders, granules, or capsules. Supplemental Lactobacillus Acidophilus is also offered in the form of a liquid, or included in probiotic extracts.
What are the Lactobacillus Acidophilus uses?
Adequate levels of probiotics, like Lactobacillus Acidophilus, may assist in the elimination of infectious, disease-causing bacteria and various viral induced conditions by increasing the amount of intestinal flora in the digestive tract. Intestinal flora, or microflora, is responsible for the development of immune system and its accompanying inflammatory response properties. These microflora are also equally vital in inhibiting attachments of pathogenic organisms by producing intestinal mucosa; thereby increasing the body's natural defense mechanisms.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus also increases immune system function by producing a substance called bacteriocin, which acts as a natural antibiotic in the eradication of potentially harmful organisms. Probiotics are equally imperative in recolonizing beneficial bacteria to the intestines during, and after, synthetic antibiotic treatments.
Certain gastrointestinal disorders like antibiotic-associated diarrhea, viral diarrheas, rotavirus-induced diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease, may derive benefit from Lactobacillus supplementation. Intestinal bacteria levels are rapidly depleted by the fluid loss caused by diarrhea, resulting in an increased risk for the development of opportunistic infections. Lactobacillus Acidophilus and other probiotics assist in the replenishment of these beneficial bacteria and decrease the risk for the onset of new infections. Probiotics may also reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disorders, which are common in persons who are lactose intolerant. Lactobacillus Acidophilus provides a source of lactase, the enzyme responsible for the digestion of milk sugars.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus has been used as an alternative treatment for vaginitis. This specific probiotic has been effective in preventing candida overgrowth caused by yeast infections. In an auxiliary study, women with recurrent candidal vaginitis were treated with yogurt over a six-month period. Eight ounces of yogurt consumed daily over this time period resulted in a dramatic decrease of both candidal colonization, and the occurrence of vaginal infection.
Preliminary study suggests that Lactobacillus Acidophilus may yield antioxidant and cholesterol lowering properties. Study has also been conducted to determine the effectiveness of probiotics in reducing the incidence of specific forms of colon cancers. An initial result into these uses of Lactobacillus remains promising, but more long-term study is warranted to validate these claims.
What is the Lactobacillus Acidophilus recommended dosage?
Various strains of probiotics are available for nutritional supplementation. There are no established or recommended dosages for probiotics, including Lactobacillus. The amount needed varies from individual to individual, and is often determined on the basis of prevention, microbial depletion (from antibiotic use), or due to the presence of harmful bacteria. Typical dosages range from one to ten billion colony-forming units (CFU) per week.
Although some mild gastrointestinal disturbances have been reported in individuals supplementing with more than 1- 2 billion Lactobacillus Acidophilus cells per day, probiotics are considered safe and are generally well tolerated. The most common adverse effects include flatulence and constipation.
What are the Deficiencies of Lactobacillus Acidophilus?
Lactobacillus Acidophilus, and other probiotics, may increase one's susceptibility to certain bacterial infections and viruses. Low levels of these beneficial bacteria may also cause a decrease in the absorption efficiency of the digestive tract. This declination may lead to possible nutrient deficiencies.