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Study of the microbiome—those bacteria and microorganisms that live in and on the human body—is the newest frontier in human health research, prompted largely by results of the Human Genome Project. In 2008, when the Human Genome Project was completed, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Human Microbiome Project with the goal of identifying and characterizing the microorganisms that are found in association with both healthy and unhealthy humans.
Much of the current research regarding the “microbiome” is centered on the gut, where the vast majority of microbes reside. The gut is an important source of tributaries to other parts of the body that control our health, like our immune system and our central nervous system. When the gut is healthy with beneficial microbiota, the immune system is strengthened so that it can fight off pathogenic microorganisms before they develop into illness or serious health conditions.
Scientists also know that chemicals produced by gut microbiota communicate with the central nervous system and may affect cognitive functions, but exactly to what extent is still unclear to researchers. What most scientists agree on is that the proper microbial symbiosis is required for good health.
The most important bacteria for gastrointestinal health are members of one of two genera: lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Of the two, lactobacillus is the more commonly available commercially. It occurs naturally in yogurt and various fermented foods such as sauerkraut. There are more than 50 known species of lactobacillus. Lactobacilli predominantly reside in the small intestine.
Bifidobacterium, though also important to adult gastrointestinal health, is particularly important in children. Like lactobacillus, it also naturally occurs in certain dairy products—several species having been found in various raw milk cheeses. So far, there are more than 30 species that have been discovered. Bifidobacteria predominantly reside in the large intestine.
The bacterial strains in Microbiome Probiotic 8-Strain Blend include:
· Lactobacillus acidophilus
· Lactobacillus rhamnosus
· Lactobacillus plantarum
· Bifidobacterium longum
· Bifidobacterium breve
· Bifidobacterium bifidum/lactis*
· Bifidobacterium lactis*
* Contains two different forms of Bifidobacterium lactis