Canine Probiotics. Do Dogs Need them?


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Canine Probiotics. Do Dogs Need them?

  1. 1. ==== ====It is easy peasy to purchase the only room temperature probiotic pill available world wide. ChooseUSA for world-wide access: ====Probiotics is a current buzzword in the health food industry, with numerous health studies citingtherapeutic benefits. The problem is that there are hundreds of probiotic supplements available.Pills, powders, liquids, freeze-dried and live cultures, single strain, multiple strains, the optionsseem endless. So how do you choose the right supplement? The one that is both safe andeffective for you?Guidelines for Choosing Probiotic SupplementsA set of guidelines entitled "The Ps and Qs of Probiotics", published by the International ScientificAssociation for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), recommends that consumers should consider5 criteria when comparing probiotic supplements:1. Probiotic Strain2. Clinical Proof3. Packaging4. Quality5. QuantityIn this article we will look at each of these criteria in detail.Probiotic StrainsProbiotics are bacteria that have a beneficial (symbiotic) relationship with our digestive andimmune systems. If you are new to probiotics, its important to understand a few facts about yourbody. There are billions of bacteria in your intestinal tract. These are a mixture of helpful bacteriaand harmful bacteria. Ensuring a healthy level of beneficial bacteria will keep your digestivesystem balanced and support its ability to function properly.There are many different strains of probiotic bacteria. Different strains play different roles in ourbodies. Some strains will be beneficial for general digestive health and some will be effective incombatting diseases.Some probiotic supplements contain single strain, others contain a combination of multiple strainstargeting a specific condition, or to provide more benefits for overall health.
  2. 2. The most commonly known strain of probiotic is Lactobacillus acidophilus. This strain is foundmostly in the small intestine, where it inhibits the growth of pathogens and also appears to have abeneficial influence on tumor growth and carcinogenic substances, also reported to lower bloodpressure.Here is a list of other probiotic strains that you may encounter, and researched benefits:Lactobacillus amylovorus - helps lower cholesterol and prevent cancersLactobacillus casei - beneficial for lactose intolerance, protects against listeria, stimulates healthycell functionLactobacillus plantarum - helpful for sufferers of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), reduces stomachbloatingLactobacillus fermentum - to prevent and treat urogenital infections in womenLactobacillus brevis - bolsters immunityLactobacillus bulgaricus - aid for digestive problemsBifidobacterium longum - Studies show benefits in liver, breast, colon cancer researchBifantis - a patented strain found in Align Probiotics, helpful for IBS and digestive disordersLactobacillus GG - patented strain found in Culturelle, helpful for a variety of digestive disordersBacillus Coagulans - brings control to digestive and stomach problemsBacillus Subtilis - rids the body of bad bacteria in the intestinesEnterococcus Faecalis - a recreation of the natural bacteria in our digestive systemLactobacillus Salivarius - helps to relieve chronic bowel syndromesLactobacillus Rhamnosus - stimulates the immune systemStreptococcus thermophilus - helps eliminate pathogens such as E. ColiClinical ProofYou should make sure that the probiotic supplement you choose has been through numerousscientific studies and is supported by clinical evidence to be beneficial. The correct amount andstrain of probiotic for a specific condition is paramount if you are seeking relief for a specificcondition. Reliable probiotic supplements will always be supported by clinical trials and these trailsand other research should be available for you to examine.
  3. 3. Packaging of ProbioticsIf not properly packaged, probiotics may lose their potency. These supplements come in manyforms:LiquidsPillsCapsulesPowdersPastesFood Products (incorporated into yogurts, fermented milks, miso, tempeh, some juices)Which form is best is an ongoing debate. The delivery mechanism of the probiotics to the digestivesystem is important. It`s important for the bacteria to survive the hostile environment that thestomach provides and make it all the way to the digestive system to get established and thereforebe effective. Different types of coatings are available which can withstand the harsh stomachacids.Quality and Quantity of ProbioticsProbiotic Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. It`s up to the manufacturer to make sure thatthey are safe and effective. To be truly therapeutic a single probiotic supplement should deliver atleast 1 billion viable bacteria per gram.For detailed comparisons of probiotic supplements, showing strains, form, and suggested usages,basic information on probiotics, how they work, what foods contain them, what health conditionsbenefit from probiotics, and much more about these "friendly bacteria" visit Source: ====
  4. 4. It is easy peasy to purchase the only room temperature probiotic pill available world wide. ChooseUSA for world-wide access: ====