What are Probiotics?
In Two Words: Good Bacteria.
The root of the word probiotic originates from the Greek words pro (for) and bios (life), or ‘for life’. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO, 2001), probiotics are ‘live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer health benefits on the [human] host’.
A Few More Details
Probiotics are live microscopic organisms which help balance gastrointestinal microbiota. Simply put, they are the supplement necessary to ensure victory of good bacteria over bad bacteria. When good bacteria rule over bad bacteria, we are able to clense ourselves from toxins, boost our immune system, and even have fresh, beautiful, radient skin.
Up to 70% of the world’s population today needs improvement of the microbiota in their intestinal tracts.
Why Take Probiotics?
Our digestive system hosts over 500 different types of bacteria,
which are part of the normal gastrointestinal microbiota. They
belong to three main groups of microorganisms:
1. Pathogenes—which cause harm.
2. Conditional pathogens—which under normal conditions are not able to cause a disease but become pathogenic when immune protection is impaired.
3. Beneficial—which have beneficial effects on the body.
The ratio of these groups of microorganisms conditions the normal
functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and immune system and,
consequently, human health.
In addition to being abundant, intestinal flora is extremely susceptive to external stimuli. Worsening environmental conditions and changes in the resilience of our bodies virtually kill good bacteria in the body, due stress, inappropriate diet, intake of antibiotics and immunosuppressants, sleep deficiency, and bacterial infections.
Let’s face it probiotics cannot fully replace intestinal flora. But they can facilitate the development of good bacteria, which maintain the balance of intestinal flora. And they can help people to feel healther, more beautiful, and happier.
Lactoflor offers the first range of probiotics which contain natural, beneficial bacteria isolated from Bulgarian nature in combination with prebiotics, intended for easier absorption into the total intestinal flora.
Probiotic? Prebiotic? Synbiotic!
Bulgarian yoghurt is the oldest probiotic known to humankind. Since ancient times, yoghurt has been used as food to strengthen health and contribute to longevity. Its nutritional value and health properties have been shrouded in myth and legend.
This ancient, renowned probiotic forms the basis of the entire product range of probiotics with the trademark Lactoflor. Lactoflor’s secret lies in the symbiosis between Lactobacullus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, which is the only synergy that, during fermentation, results in obtaining the valued properties of Bulgarian yoghurt.
Probiotics are good bacteria which help restore the balance of gastrointestinal microbiota and consequently improve our immune system and health.
(contained in Lactoflor is inulin.)
Prebiotics are the food of good bacteria and include fibers which help develop the beneficial effect of probiotics and their survival in the human intestinal tract. In Lactoflor, we use inulin—a bio prebiotic extracted from chicory roots. It is proven that inulin can increase good bacteria over tenfold.
Lactoflor is a synbiotic. Synbiotics are a combination of probiotics (good bacteria) and prebiotics (the food in order for probiotics to work), which we combine into one chewable tablet, capsule, or sachet
How Do They Work?
In Lactoflor, we believe that happiness is hidden where it is least expected—in the millions of
bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tract, which contribute to a stronger immune protection, more
beautiful skin, and even body weight regulation.
Here is how good bacteria work:
Probiotics restore the balance of gastrointestinal microbiota and help boost our immune system and health. This is especially true after the intake of antibiotics, which literally destroy the population of good bacteria in the body.
helps strengthen our immune system. In other words- Probiotics contribute to improving our health.
Regulate Body Weight
When balanced, our microbiota works considerably better. Taking probiotics aids in protecting against digestion disorders and intestinal discomfort.
The intake of probiotics results in quicker elimination of harmful substances from the body and, therefore, helps reduce toxins that the body is struggling to remove, in case they stay longer in the digestive system.
Lactoflor offers a full range of combined synbiotic products (prebiotics and probiotics) that contain selected strains of lactic acid bacteria, including Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus (Lactobacillus bulgaricus) and Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium ssp. Lactoflor is available in chewable tablets, capsules, or soluble sachets for children.