Culturelle Digestive Health

What are enzymes and what do they do?

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Here is another bit of information about Pro EM•1® Probiotic that you may find interesting. Enzymes are specialized proteins that speed up the reaction times of various reactions. Many companies sell enzyme products to help with digestion such as caseinase to break down a milk sugar known as casein. Other products may be sold for increased absorption of protein (proteinase) or fats (lipase). Enzymes are crucial in the process for breaking down sugars for your body to be able to use the sugars for energy.Do you know where enzymes come from? You guessed it, they are ALL produced by microbes. The average number of...

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What makes Pro EM-1 different than other Probiotics On The Market

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Pro EM•1® Probiotic is unique, not only in its formulation, but also in how it can be consumed and how it works. Most other probiotics on the market consist of freeze dried microbes that are selected because they are “found in the human gut”, put into a capsule, and bottled. Let’s look at why there are issues with some of these ideas. 1. High colony counts are important for freeze dried because 85-90% of the freeze dried microbes do NOT survive the freeze drying process. This is why so many companies stress how many cultures they have in their product.  Pro EM•1® is not freeze dried...

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Is Yogurt A Good Probiotic?

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People often say, "I take a probiotic, I eat yogurt every day." Is yogurt really a probiotic? It depends if you are eating real yogurt or not. Heating milk to make yogurt* How do you know if the yogurt has been fermented or not? Well, if it is sweet it is likely not fermented. If it is really thick, it likely hasn't been fermented. If it has some fake coloring in it, it is likely not fermented either. What does all this mean? Let's look at how yogurt is made.Commercially-produced yogurt is often made from dried milk and milk proteins...

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How do Probiotics and Prebiotics work together?

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How do Probiotics and Prebiotics work together?

The concept is pretty simple as to how prebiotics and probiotics work together. Basically, a prebiotic feeds a probiotic. The prebiotic is food and the probiotic is the living organism that eats it.In our previous posts we went into some detail about how prebiotics work. The image on the right show that not only do prebiotics feed probiotics, they also have a direct affect on the immune system... stimulating it. The prebiotics help the probiotics establish themselves faster so they can help their host (us, or animals) sooner than if they had to do it all on their own. Imagine you...

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What is the difference between a Probiotic and a Prebiotic?

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Prebiotics/Probiotic Extracts A collection of metabolites produced by beneficial bacteria during fermentation/co-culturing (do not contain live microbes) Maintain a healthy gut environment by regulating the growth and development of beneficial bacteria Not affected by the gut environment and stimulate immune system directly Probiotics There are more than 100 trillion microbes in the human gut (approx. 2.2lbs/1kg).   Gut microbes will produce enzymes for the body to digest certain foods that the stomach and small intestine have not been able to digest and produce some vitamins that are necessary for the body. They also play an important role in the immune...

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