9th January 2020
Wellboost – having a positive influence on the microbiome
Keeping a delicate balance in the immune system by eliminating invading pathogens whilst encouraging the growth of healthy bacteria is critical for the body’s health. The gut microbiota that lives harmoniously in the gastrointestinal tract provides essential health benefits to its host. Moreover, it has recently become obvious that alterations of these gut microbial communities can cause immune dysregulation, leading to autoimmune disorders. Further studies have suggested that the intestinal flora plays an important role in influencing the risk of several chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Research has shown that diet and lifestyle choices in particular including some key nutrients in the diet can have a significant affect in shaping the microbiome, improving its effectiveness in protecting the host.
Wellboost Immuno plus is a new supplement in the market containing a healthy source of protein, carbohydrate and fat, including 25 vitamin and minerals along with the addition of 3 key nutrients helping to maintain gut homeostasis. These include Lactoferrin, ‘Lactospore’TM , a commercially prepared probiotic preparation from Bacillus Coagulans and a prebiotic fibre, Inulin
Lactoferrin has been shown in recent studies to promote the growth of selected probiotic or beneficial strains of bacteria. Two of these strains include Bifidobacterium and lactobacilli, important gram positive anaerobic bacterial strains that naturally and symbiotically colonise parts of the human intestine.
Whilst Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are the most commonly used bacteria in probiotic foods, they are not resistant to heat treatment. ‘Lactospore’ Bacillus Coagulans (B. Coagulans) has recently attracted the attention of researchers and food manufacturers, as it exhibits characteristics of both the Bacillus and Lactobacillus genera with the addition of being a spore-forming bacterium that may lie dormant in harsh digestive conditions. It is resistant to high temperatures with its probiotic activity making it particularly robust and able to withstand extreme environments, such as low pH levels of in the stomach. This may make B. Coagulans particularly effective at alleviating stomach distress and other ailments.
Inulin is a fructans, a type of prebiotic that resists digestion and is used as a food source by the millions of microorganisms in the digestive tract and positively influences health. Inulin is found in small amounts in thousands of plants however excellent sources occur in foods such as chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, asparagus, onion, wheat and barley.
Using naturally produced ingredients such as Lactoferrin, ‘Lactospore’ and Inulin to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria may enhance the medical management and treatment of diseases in the future.