Why S. Boulardii is one of the best probiotics for gut health?
by Jimmy Fu
Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii or SB for short), is a
microorganism which differs greatly from the well-known probiotic
species such as bifidobacterium or lactobacillus. S. boulardii is actually a natural yeast, originally extracted from the lychee fruit. It is a safe microorganism with vast scientific research and documentation. This strain has been internationally acclaimed as a well-researched and unique microorganism, and has been safely used for the last 50 years. S. boulardii is a natural food supplement.
S. boulardii is a unique microorganism which is sold widely in the US, Scandinavia, Germany & France. This microorganism is more robust to environmental stressors than more common bacterial live cultures, and shows strong resistance to heat, humidity and stomach acidity levels.
S. boulardii is understood to be a transient; meaning that it passes through the system without binding to the gut wall lining (a sought-after feature in high quality probiotic bacteria). S. boulardii has undergone years of rigorous clinical research demonstrating not only its safety, but also its ability to support digestive health and intestinal flora balance.
The 4th Triennial Yale/Harvard Workshop on Probiotic Recommendations in 2015*
Form the consensus opinion of the participants in the 4th Triennial Yale/Harvard Workshop on Probiotic Recommendations in 2015, S.boulardii was recommended for probiotic use for all kinds of diarrhea related clinical conditions and IBD of Crohn's Ulcerative colitis.
* Recommendations for Probiotic Use--2015 Update: Proceedings and Consensus Opinion.J Clin Gastroenterol. 2015; 49 Suppl 1:S69-73
250mg/capsule, each capsule guarantees 5 billion live cultures.
Live cultures: Saccharomyces boulardii (250mg); vegetarian capsule: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose; filler: potato starch; lubricant: magnesium stearate; antiadherant: silicon dioxide.
Each capsule guarantees 5 billion live cultures.
Suitable for vegans & vegetarians.
S. boulardii can be given to adults and children (from 1 year and over) with the following recommendations, or as professionally directed.
Take one to four capsules depending on severity of symptoms and up to six capsules daily, or as professionally directed.
If taking anti-fungals, take separately (at least 2 hours apart).
For infants and children the dose should be lowered
Drink plenty of water with your course of live cultures.
For anyone unable to swallow capsules, capsule can be opened and contents mixed with a cold meal or beverage.
Store in a cool dry place.
Most successful probiotics in clinical trials
Among the results of meta-analysis of 273 clinical trials for various probiotics, S.Boulardii is in the top 3 clinical trials, the success rate of clinical trials of other probiotics is around 50%, while S.Boulardii has a high success rate of 80%. S. Boulardii is also one of the most researched probiotics in the world.
Clinical Research on Saccharomyces boulardii and diarrhoea
How does it work?
S. Boulardii has a sticky outer membrane which attaches to harmful bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella and naturally removes them from the system.
Acts as fast and effectively as Ioperamide-based anti-diarrhoeal medicines.
The strain crowds out harmful yeasts such as Candida albicans as well as producing capric acids, caprylic acids and caproic acids.
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Clinical Research on Saccharomyces boulardii and Candida
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Berg, R. et al. (1993) Inhibition of Candida albicans translocation from the gastrointestinal tract of mice by oral administration of Saccharomcyes boulardii. J Infect Dis. 1993,Nov;168(5):1314-8.
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Clinical Research on Saccharomyces boulardii and Clostridium difficile disease
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Buts, J. et al. (1993) Saccharomyces boulardii for Clostridium difficile-Associated Enteropathies in Infants. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Vol. 16 pp. 419 – 425
Surawicz, C.M. et al. (1989) Treatment of Recurrent Clostridium difficile Colitis with Vancomycin and Saccharomyces boulardii. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Vol. 85 (10)
Surawicz, C.M. (2003) Probiotics, antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and Clostridium difficile diarrhoea in humans. Best Practice & Research Clinical Gastroenterology. Vol. 17 (5) pp. 775 – 783
Castagliuolo, I. et al. (1999) Saccharomyces boulardii protease inhibits the effects of Clostridium difficile toxins A and B in human colonic mucosa. Infect Immun. 67(I): 302 - 307.
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Clinical Research on Saccharomyces boulardii and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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Guslandi, M. et al. (2003) A pilot trial of Saccharomyces boulardii in ulcerative colitis. European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. Vol. 15 pp. 697 – 698.
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