About the Ingredients
The beneficial strains of this bacterium inhabit the intestines and vagina and protect against some unhealthy organisms. They make the environment hostile for undesired organisms and consume the nutrients many other microorganisms depend on, thereby depriving possibly harmful bacteria in the digestive tract of these nutrients. Acidophilus acts as a natural antibiotic against potentially damaging organisms. During digestion, L. acidophilus also assists in the production of niacin, folic acid, and pyridoxine.
There are several health benefits in taking acidophilus, such as the treatment and prevention of digestive disorders and problems, including diarrhea and flatulence. Acidophilus is commonly used to ease irritable bowel syndrome and may provide relief from indigestion. It may also aid people who suffer from lactose intolerance. It can be used to combat vaginal yeast and other vaginal bacterial infections, as well as urinary tract infections and cystitis (bladder inflammation). It can boost the immune system to help fight viral infections. It may also restrain the toxic effects of carcinogens, cancer-causing agents. Acidophilus can even help with bad breath. (Note: Taking L. acidophilus is not meant to be a replacement for antibiotics in most cases of viral and more serious bacterial infections. Never discontinue any antibiotic treatment without first consulting your physician.)
Bifidus longum is the most common strain of bifidobacteria. It has been shown to inhibit E.Coli, a nasty bacterium that many people these days have heard about, one that can cause serious conditions of the digestive system. Of particular interest to women, bifidus longum helps to counteract yeast and other vaginal infections. It plays a role in the biosynthesis of riboflavin, thiamine and other B vitamins in your intestines, as well as helping with the absorption and assimilation of these vitamins in your body. It is believed that bifidus longum might be helpful in reducing cholesterol levels. It is also believed to help in the treatment of colon cancer when taken with other probiotics.
Another thing bifidus longum does is remove the byproducts of our metabolism that are toxic or could become so if left in the body. That alone means that this bacterium is as useful to your body as any vitamin or mineral supplement, one that can make a significant difference not just to your digestion and the health of you intestinal tract, but also to the health and well-being of your body as a whole.
Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) is a prebiotic. As mentioned previously, prebiotics help the good bacteria in your intestinal tract thrive and grow, increasing overall gastrointestinal tract health. In addition, several studies have found that FOS promotes calcium absorption in the intestines of both humans and animals. The microflora in the lower intestines can ferment FOS, which results in a reduced pH. Because calcium is more soluble in acid, more of it comes out of food and is available to move from the gut into the bloodstream. Experimental studies with FOS suggest a possible benefit in lowering blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and in reducing elevated blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Directions & Warnings
A normal, healthy individual would benefit from just 1 capsule a day, whereas a less than healthy person should be taking 1 capsule three times per day. If you are currently taking an antibiotic, do not take Bugs Plus™ at the same time. The antibiotic will kill the probiotic bacteria, making them useless. Allow 2 to 3 hours between taking your antibiotic and taking Bugs Plus™. For example, if you take your antibiotic at 8 a.m., wait until 10 or 11 a.m. before taking Bugs Plus™. This will help prevent the antibiotic from completely destroying all the good bacteria that you just put in your intestinal tract.
Be aware that a sudden addition of substantial quantities of prebiotics to the diet may result in a temporary increase in gas, bloating or bowel movements. This may be especially true if your diet up until then was chronically low in foods that contain prebiotics, something that is quite common in the diet of the average American. Some people have a lower tolerance for oligosaccharides, including FOS, which can result in an increased problem with gas. If such a problem develops and persists, you may have to lower your daily dosage.
Very high doses of FOS and the other oligosaccharides, in excess of 40 grams per day (the equivalent of approximately 10 capsules of Bugs Plus™), may induce diarrhea. Do not exceed the recommended daily dosage unless directed to do so by a physician or other health care professional.
If you are currently being treated with Sulfasalazine, a medication used to treat ulcerative colitis, you should not use probiotics – L. acidophilus in particular – without first talking to your healthcare provider. A laboratory study suggests that L. acidophilus speeds up the metabolism of Sulfasalazine.
People with a confirmed sensitivity to inulin should probably avoid taking Bugs Plus™ and any other supplement with FOS because of the risk of an allergic reaction.
There is no known or suspected negative interaction with any other medication or treatment.
Bugs Plus is available in a 40 or 100 count bottle. It should be refrigerated when opened and should never be stored above 75 degrees for any length of time.