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KIDS VITAMINS – NO KIDDING!

Fred Liers PhD kids mighty multi multivitamin chewableLooking for a high-quality, natural KIDS MULTIVITAMIN? Me, too. Do you look in vitamin stores, natural foods stores, and online marketplaces—in vain? I have.

A couple years ago, HPDI’s formulator, my father Hank Liers, PhD decided to reformulate our already excellent kids multivitamin—the Kids Mighty-Multi!—to make it better. His intentions were good: the world’s best designer of adult multivitamins would improve the best children’s vitamin.

My quandary? While Dr. Hank was busy at work reformulating our kids multi, the existing—and uber-excellent—original Kids Mighty-Multi! went out-of-stock, and never came back. Suddenly, my seven-year-old son’s “go-to” multivitamin was gone…indefinitely!

I took action—kids vitamins became my obsession—because I wanted the best multivitamin for my child. I searched everywhere for high-quality kids vitamins. Leaving no stone unturned, we tried them all—including organic, whole food, gluten-free, vegan-friendly brands with glossy labels. Did we find good ones? Not really.

What DID we find? Well, not much—and a lot. That is, not much in the way of high potency, high-purity, or advanced forms, like coenzyme vitamins. And a lot of false promises and junk ingredients. Like sugar and corn syrup and GMO ingredients—even from “reputable” brands.

Not to mention artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings, as well as toxic preservatives and fillers, which are the de facto standard in conventional products. Natural products are better—not always by as much as you’d expect.

chewable kids mighty-Multi! multivitamin

Looking for a good children’s multivitamin? Look no further than chewable Kids Mighty-Multi!

MY MULTIVITAMIN WISHLIST

Now in label-induced miasmic SHOCK…I proposed a reversal of terms. I simply wanted a lot of good things—like complete, balanced nutrients—and not much in the way of toxic additives.

Reeling, I scrawled a brief manifesto or “wishlist” for my ideal kids multivitamin:

“Great taste, high-purity, balanced nutrients at optimal levels, chewable; sugar free, non-GMO. No artificial ingredients, especially toxic sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose. No harmful additives or preservatives like sodium benzoate, BHT, or propylene glycol (no antifreeze please!); a few good-for-you functional ingredients.”

Was I asking *too* much? No way. Yet, I was giving up on finding a suitable kids multivitamin. My son instead began taking an HPDI adult multivitamin (Multi Two Caps) we scaled to his sixty five-pound weight. The taste wasn’t great—so we opened capsules directly into his juices and smoothies—because he’s not ready to swallow capsules or tablets whole. At best…a partial solution.

KIDS MIGHTY-MULTI! BACK — BETTER THAN EVER!

Then. It. Happened. Lighting struck—HPDI’s Kids Mighty-Multi! is BACK! Turns out my dad finished reformulating the world’s best kids multivitamin. He broke the news with a smile. Stunned and unbelieving…I took a breath. My heart skipped a beat. Then I grabbed a bottle!

Who knew it would take two years?—and now, who cares!? This month, HPDI proudly introduces a *new* Kids Mighty Multi!. Worth the wait? Yes. Because the new version is better than ever.

I’ve thrown away my wishlist. My search is over. Yours may be, too. Because no kids multivitamin comes *close* to Kids Mighty-Multi!. See the comparison chart and nutrient table (below).

A SERIOUS VITAMIN FOR KIDS – FINALLY!

What makes the new Kids Mighty-Multi! so good, and so much better? Let me count the ways. Here is a summary of benefits before I dive into discussing them in greater detail.

• Kids and adults love the taste!

• Full-spectrum of balanced, essential nutrients needed for creating, supporting, and maintaining excellent health for your child. Includes natural coenzyme form vitamins and Krebs’ cycle bionutrients that work with young bodies to provide energy for metabolic processes, healing, and optimal health.

• Bioavailable vitamin and mineral carriers the body recognizes and can assimilate rapidly. Plus, multiple carriers of individual nutrients ensure assimilation. Chewable form speeds uptake in the body.

Variety of well-known herbal ingredients, including quercetin, grape extract, turmeric, broccoli powder, and octacosanol

Complete, balanced supply of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein

Functional ingredients built into every aspect of the formula, including the taste-enhancing package, herbal ingredients, and cofactors. Functional ingredients serve multiple purposes in supporting health.

• Flavored using only healthy, natural sweeteners and taste enhancers, including mannitol, fructooligosaccharides (FOS) (from chicory root), organic beet root powder, natural fruit flavor, xylitol, and stevia leaf extract. Taste enhancers exhibiting additional positive benefits (i.e., prebiotic effects, cavity prevention, and antioxidant action).

• NO refined sugars, no corn syrup, and…NO GMOs!

• NO artificial colorings or flavorings, artificial sweeteners (like aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose), or hydrogenated vegetable oils

• Excludes common food source allergens like wheat, corn, soy, and dairy

• Excludes unnecessary excipients, including fillers, binders, and additives

• Foundational formula ideal for providing basic nutrients for health. A high-quality multivitamin is the first step toward a complete nutritional supplement regimen. Formulated to work well with other HPDI foundational formulas, such as vitamin C / antioxidant formulas (like PRO-C™) and essential fatty acids (like Essential Fats plus E).

Kids Multivitamin comparison chart

TASTE-ENHANCING COMPLEX: FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS

Kids Mighty-Multi! tastes GREAT! Kids and adults LOVE the taste. From the perspective of your child’s taste buds, that’s *all* that matters.

But I want to talk a bit about the importance of healthy sweeteners…and how the best sweeteners perform double duty as health promoters.

WHY does Kids Mighty-Multi! taste so good? (Did I mention it contains NO refined sugars—or any artificial sweeteners or flavorings?)

Because Dr. Liers created a natural taste-enhancing complex. This taste-enhancing package includes xylitol, mannitol, FOS (fructooligosaccharides), beet root juice powder, natural fruit flavors, and stevia leaf extract.

Dr. Hank selected healthy, functional ingredients—as much as possible—in order to enhance the taste. That means these taste enhancers are not only NOT unhealthy like the refined sugars, corn syrups, and artificial sweeteners I found in so many other kids vitamins. But they are GOOD for you!

Functional sweeteners and taste-enhancing ingredients in Kids Mighty-Multi! include:

Xylitol – Proven sweetener that is a polyol (sugar alcohol) known to fight cavities, improve bone health, and more! (see: http://xylitol.org/about-xylitol/)

Mannitol – Natural polyol sweetener with added benefits as an antioxidant. Mannitol surprisingly has a very powerful effect on the hydroxyl free-radical. (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9090754). Mannitol serves double duty as a healthy sweetener and important hydroxyl radical free-radical trapper.

• Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) (from chicory root) – Naturally sweet with no or low glycemic index. It is also a prebiotic that supports the growth of beneficial bacteria.

• Beet Root Powder (organic) – Naturally sweetens and colors Kids Mighty-Multi!. Beet is a functional ingredient providing methyl donors and easily assimilable iron. Moreover, Dr. Benjamin S. Frank found beets contain an amino acid the body uses to create its own dietary nucleic acids and a nutrient important to brain function (No-Aging Diet, 81).

• Berry & Fruit Extracts / Flavors – Mixed berry, strawberry, raspberry, and pomegranate. These berry extracts provide extremely good, fruity taste—bursting with berry flavors!

• Stevia Extract – Natural sweetens with little or no glycemic value. Kids Mighty-Multi! contains a newer, improved stevia extract which is de-bittered

• Malic Acid – Provides a naturally tart taste, supports the utilization of magnesium, and feeds into the Krebs’ cycle that makes cellular energy (ATP)

Why is choosing “good-for-you” functional sweeteners and taste enhancers important?

Because despite what adults might wish, sweeteners still comprise the largest percentage of kids multivitamins by weight. That means your child will be ingesting significant amounts (of whatever these sweeteners are) relative to the size of their multivitamin.

Who wants the bulk of their child’s multivitamin intake comprised of sugars, corn syrup, sucralose, or worse (think aspartame)? This is the reason natural sweeteners providing functional benefits make all the difference for health.

COMPLETENESS MATTERS – A LOT!

Kids Mighty-Multi! is nothing if not complete. As formulated by Dr. Hank Liers, it provides therapeutic levels of all essential vitamins, minerals, cofactors, and much more.

If you read labels (like I do), you’ll see most kids vitamins are “hit-or-miss.” They provide certain nutrients, but often completely miss others—usually with no rhyme or reason. (What was its formulator thinking?)

Missing important nutrients is bad for consumers—like you and your child—because all nutrients require other nutrients to “do a body good.” It’s called synergy, and it’s the way our cells are designed to work.

That means if you obtain sufficient amounts of a specific nutrient, but not enough of another, you may be unable to effectively utilize the nutrient you have—because utilization requires the nutrient you *don’t* have. Catch-22, huh? I’ll talk more about this later.

Do your child—and yourself—a favor: choose a complete multivitamin like Kids Mighty-Multi!.

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Kids Mighty-Multi! is nothing if not COMPLETE. (Tablets in photo appear larger than actual size.)

ADVANCED FORMS OF NUTRIENTS…LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN

Then, there are advanced forms of nutrients, like coenzyme B vitamins. Most kids vitamins (and adult multivitamins) offer you the B complex vitamins as synthetic forms. How can you tell? Well, coenzyme vitamin B1 in Kids Mighty-Multi! is from Thiamin Diphosphate and is very different from synthetic “thiamine HCl.” Vitamin B2 is from Riboflavin-5′-Phosphate is not synthetic “riboflavin.” The vitamin B6 is from Pyridoxal-5′-Phosphate is not “pyridoxine HCl.” And so on.

What about vitamin B12 as toxic “cyanocobalamin”? Never. Kids Mighty-Multi! provides coenzyme B12 as methylcobalamin. Other brands sometimes use this form, but then provide synthetic forms for other B vitamins. That makes sense—NOT.

Sure, coenzyme B vitamins cost more to source. But the truth is, your body requires far less coenzyme form vitamins because they are the natural forms found in foods—you easily assimilate and utilize them. Kids Mighty-Multi! doesn’t need large amounts of coenzyme vitamins to give you big benefits.

Meanwhile, synthetic forms are not as easily assimilated—most go through a complex enzymatic breakdown before the body can use them. In some cases (for example if your child lacks certain enzymes due to genetics), syntethic forms cannot be broken down—or used—at all!

Case in point: Folate. Most kids vitamins give you “folic acid,” which is synthetic vitamin B1. A large percentage of the population (including me) lacks the gene providing the enzyme required to process folic acid. If folic acid builds up in cells (because it can’t be broken down), then it can be toxic. Solution: we use coenzyme folate—or 5-MTHF (5-methyl tetrahydrofolate) in Kids Mighty-Multi!. Problem solved.

Recall I said Kids Mighty-Multi! is complete?—and the importance of completeness in a multivitamin? Well, for example, if your kids’ multivitamin only provides synthetic vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), it won’t be convertable into its biologically active (coenzyme) form without coenzyme vitamin B1 (Riboflavin-5′-Phosphate).

Did you catch that? To convert Pyridoxine HCl (synthetic vitamin B6) to its usable coenzyme form Pyridoxal-5′-Phosphate, you need coenzyme Riboflavin (Riboflavin-5′-Phosphate). You need a coenzyme form of one B vitamin in order to convert another B vitamin to its coenzyme form!

If you have only synthetic forms of these B vitamins, your body must go through multiple conversion processes in order to first convert synthetic Riboflavin into coenzyme Riboflavin so that you can convert synthetic vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) into its coenzyme B6 form (Pyridoxal-5′-Phosphate).

Yes, you can *survive* on synthetic forms of B vitamins. But why make your body work so hard? Why survive when you can *thrive* (with coenzyme vitamins)?

Why other kids vitamins don’t include coenzyme forms is BEYOND ME. If other brands go with conventional (and sometimes toxic) synthetic forms, so be it. Run, and go with Kids Mighty-Multi!.

Other advanced forms include vitamin D as D3 (cholecalciferol), vitamin K as K1 and K2 (Menaquinone-7), and minerals using Krebs’ cycle carriers (like citrates, malates, fumarates, succinates, and aspartates) that are best recognized and utilized in the body because they plug into the body’s energy (ATP) production system.

KIDS MIGHTY-MULTI!™ NUTRIENT TABLE

NUTRIENT

AMOUNT

% Daily Value

Vitamin A
(as beta-carotene from Dunaliella salinas)
470 IU 10
Vitamin C
(from potassium, magnesium, and calcium ascorbates)
16 mg 27
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 50 IU 13
Vitamin E (from d-alpha tocopheryl succinate and 5 mg natural mixed tocopherols) 13 IU 42
Vitamin K (10 mcg as phylloquinone (K1) and 5 mcg as MK-7 (K2)) 15 mcg 18
Vitamin B1 (from thiamin diphosphate) 1.6 mg 107
Vitamin B2 (from riboflavin-5′-phosphate) 1.6 mg 94
Vitamin B3 (80% from niacinamide and 20% from niacin) 12 mg 60
Pantothenic Acid (from calcium pantothenate) 5 mg 50
Vitamin B6 (from pyridoxal-5′-phosphate) 2.5 mg 125
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 15 mcg 250
Folate (from 5-MTHF – Quatrefolic®†) 50 mcg 13
Biotin (pure crystalline) 30 mcg 10
Magnesium (from malate) 6 mg 1.5
Calcium (from Krebs cycle bionutrients) 6 mg 0.6
Potassium (from citrate) 4.7 mg <1
Zinc (from citrate) 1.25 mg 8.3
Iron (from fumarate) 0.3 mg 1.7
Manganese (from citrate) 0.3 mg 15
Copper (from aspartate) 0.125 mg 6.3
Chromium (from polynicotinate) 13 mcg 11
Molybdenum (from citrate) 6 mcg 8
Selenium (from l-selenomethionine) 5 mcg 7
Choline (from bitartrate) 6 mg *
Inositol (pure crystalline) 15 mg *
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) 5 mg *
L-Taurine 5 mg *
Betaine HCl 3 mg *
Quercetin (as dihydrate) 3 mg *
Turmeric (from Curcuma longa) (root) 3 mg *
Broccoli Sprouts Powder 2 mg *
Grape Extract (Vitis vinifera) (from seed, skin, and stem) 1 mg *
Lycopene (tomato extract) (fruit) 200 mcg *
Boron (from glycinate and aspartate) 125 mcg *
Lutein (from Calendula officinalis) (flower) 70 mcg *
Octacosanol (from policosanol) 15 mcg *
Vanadium (from BGOV – bis glycinato oxo vanadium) 6 mcg *

* No established Daily Value
† Quatrefolic® is a registered trademark of Gnosis SPD

SCALABLE DOSING – CALLING ALL KIDS – AND ADULTS!

Maybe the best feature of Kids Mighty-Multi! is scalable dosing. Scalability makes it suitable for children and youth of all sizes—and adults, too!

Glancing at Kids Mighty-Multi!‘s label, you might assume it’s as low potency as the most kids’ vitamins available in stores. Not so fast.

Because Dr. Hank designed this multivitamin for everyone, including adults. How do I know? Because he told me: he takes these chewables himself!

How does it work? You simply take two (2) tablets per 20 pounds of body weight—up to six tablets—for kids. But since most older kids and adults weigh more than 60 pounds, you can take 8–10+ tablets and approximate the nutrition you would get from your regular adult vitamin. How cool is that!

Scalable dosing works well for people who don’t like swallowing capsules or tablets, or who prefer a good-tasting chewable. And who doesn’t, sometimes? It is especially useful for traveling because the entire family can use it.

In my case, I usually take four capsules per day of Hank & Brian’s Mighty Multi-Vite! , which my favorite adult multivitamin, and the inspiration for creating the Kids Mighty-Multi!. Yet, there are many days when I thrill to the taste of the new chewable kids multivitamin—knowing I get a significant amount of nutritional value. That means a lot. A lot of goodness. And not much to worry about.

Chewable Kids Mighty-Multi! multivitamin

Dr. Hank Liers pulled out the stops in formulating Kids Mighty-Multi!

CHOOSE KIDS MIGHTY-MULTI!

You’ve got choices. You can go online or to your local natural market, pharmacy, or big box store and fill up on whatever kids vitamins you find. Take your chances. Or you can try Kids Mighty-Multi! to discover how good a children’s multivitamin can (and should) be—a truly superior formula.

Choose our awesome kids multivitamin. Dr. Hank did his job. We’re 110% confident it meets—or exceeds—the needs and expectations of your child, and likely you, too. And definitely those of your clients, if you’re a health professional.

Of course, you’ve got a brain. But this choice is a “no-brainer.” Go for Kids Mighty Multi!. Your kids will never go back to their old multivitamin. And they’ll be healthier for it.

 

SOURCES & RESOURCES

Products

Kids Mighty-Multi! Multivitamin

HPDI Multivitamins

References

Coenzyme Vitamins (HPDI)

Fructooligosaccharides Abstracts (HPDI)

Statement on Additives (Excipients) (HPDI)

The HPDI Difference: Four Pillars of Excellence

Percent Daily Values (DV) Calculation Table (FDA)

Xylitol.org

Dr. Frank’s No-Aging Diet
by Benjamin S. Frank, MD, PhD

Studies

Oxygen free radical scavenging abilities of vitamins C and E, and a grape seed proanthocyanidin extract in vitro.” Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 95(2):179-89.
(Study includes mannitol benefits)

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Microbiome, Diet, and Prescript-Assist Probiotic & Prebiotic

Fred Liers PhD microbiome health probiotics prebioticsGut health is paramount to overall health. This was known in ancient times. According to the 4th-century (BCE) Greek physician Hippocrates, “All disease begins in the gut.” And since our founding in 1988, we at Health Products Distributors, Inc. (HPDI) have recognized the importance of supporting a healthy microbiome through diet, lifestyle, and the use of probiotic supplements.

We have written blog articles on developments regarding the microbiome, including “The Advantages of Soil Based Organisms for Health” (2014) and Dr. Hank’s short piece “A New View of the Role of Bacteria for Health” (2012).

However, the scientific understanding of the microbiome continues making quantum leaps. Every month it seems there is another groundbreaking study reported, or fresh information about the human microbiome highlighting specific aspects of its fundamental role in human health.

Gut health is paramount for good health.

Gut health is paramount for good health.

For example, studies showing the microbiome’s significance for brain function, digestive tract health, leaky gut, immune system function, and lifelong health. And even more, studies revealing potential connections between microbiome status and conditions involving the gut-brain axis, such as gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, ADHD, autism, depression, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

As exciting as the studies are on a theoretical level, one of the main benefits is that many of them point to practical applications and suggestions that can be implemented on a daily basis by individuals wishing to improve microbiome health and vitality.

Information about means you can take to improve microbiome health is increasingly available not only in the scientific literature (which can be searched for in places like PubMed), but also in the popular media. For example, books like Dr. David Perlmutter’s Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life (2015) include dietary recommendations and recipes. In addition, there are numerous books and online resources for making your own cultured foods (everything from kombucha tea to fermented condiments), as I will talk about more below.

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Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and yogurt provide beneficial bacteria.

Increasingly, individuals are speaking with their nutritionist or doctor on this topic, as knowledge of the important role of foods and nutrition in supporting a healthy microbiome.

While at the ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine) annual meeting in Las Vegas in November, I attended a presentation by Raphael Kellman, MD. He discussed the importance of the microbiome for supporting health, and the positive effects related to maintaining populations of beneficial flora, including the fact that probiotics can support positive emotions.

I present a few recommendations for supporting and improving microbiome health through lifestyle, dietary choices, and the use of probiotic supplements.

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MICROBIOME HEALTH

Dietary choices are among the simplest, yet most effective means for effecting improvement  in the human microbiome. Here are some dietary recommendations that are known to work.

Consume Foods High in Probiotics, including Fermented Foods. Foods high in probiotics include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kim chee, tempeh, pickles and other pickled vegetables, and kombucha tea.

Probiotic foods provide you directly with good-for-you bacteria that help keep your microbiome diverse and well balanced.

Historically, many of the most important bacteria for gut health are lactobacteria and bifidobacteria. Some of the most well-recognized strains of these types include L. acidophilus, B. longum, B. bifidum, L. fermentum, and L. rhamnosus.

Notably, studies indicate reduced levels of lactobacteria and bifidobacteria in depressed individuals. While these two types of bacteria are perhaps the most studied and well-known, there are hundreds or thousands of different types of beneficial bacteria in the human microbiome. I will talk more about some of them when I discuss soil-based organisms.

Source probiotic foods that are organic, biodynamic, garden grown, and free-range / pasture-raised (e.g., dairy products). For pickles and relishes should preferably be unpasteurized and fermented in brine.

Consume Prebiotic Foods. It is important to consume foods that provide non-digestible short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) that support a flourishing good-for-you microbial community. Prebiotic foods include onions, garlic, asparagus, radishes, beans, oats.

Many prebiotic foods contain relatively high amounts of inulin, which is a soluble dietary fiber and a naturally occurring oligosaccharide. Inulin belongs to a class of carbohydrates called fructans.

Inulin selectively feeds beneficial bacteria. Major inulin-containing foods include Jersusalem artichoke (sunchokes), bananas, leeks, beets, and certain herbs. Chicory root, elecampane root, and dandelion root are especially high in inulin.

The fermentation of indigestible complex carbohydrates like inulin (and other natural dietary fibers) in the digestive tract results in the production of short-chain fatty acids that feed beneficial microbiota.

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Asparagus contains the prebiotic inulin.

The three primary short chain fatty acids created by gut bacteria are acetic, butryic, and propionic acids. These fatty acids are excreted or absorbed by the colon and used for energy by cells. For example, butyric acid provides fuel for cells lining the colon and is associated with positive benefits.

Because different bacterial species produce different fatty acids, the ratio of the different species is important for health. In particular, butyric acid is associated with positive health benefits.

In contrast, clostridial species produce proprionic acid (PPA), which is too high quantities is known to exert adverse effects in the body, including the brain. Interestingly, studies show that autistic individuals harbor more clostridial species some of which are remarkably absent in normal populations.

At least one comparative study showed the the microbiomes of urban, Western populations (consuming more refined foods) produce relatively high levels of proprionic acid whereas the microbiomes found in rural, non-western populations (consuming more dietary fiber) produce more butyric acid.

Other studies indicate that the microbiome of rural populations predominantly contains bacteroides type flora (associated with lean body mass) and urban populations contain primarily firmicutes (associated with obesity when predominant).

Consume vegetables, including leafy green vegetables: Diets that include relatively high amounts of greens are beneficial for feeding a diverse and healthy microbial community. This is not only because of high-nutrient density and dietary fiber, but also due to the beneficial bacteria naturally present in these foods.

Reduce intake of sugars, especially refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup. Natural sugars in fruits and vegetables are generally better to consume because they are ingested along with dietary fiber as part of the whole food. Refined sugars and especially high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) test the body’s capacity for dealing with sugar, stress the body, prematurely age cells (via glycation processes), and promote adverse changes that can ultimately lead to diabetes.

Avoid foods containing antibiotics. Antibiotics in foods damage the microbiome by killing bacteria (including beneficial bacteria), reducing microbial diversity, and leaving the microbiome vulnerable to hostile takeover. Thus, consume only free-range, antiobiotic-free meats, eggs, and poultry. Avoid factory farmed meats and farmed fish.

Avoid simple carbohydrates. Like refined sugars, refined carbohydrates and grain products are notorious culprits for producing an imbalanced microbiome. So, avoid overconsuming processed grains, especially those containing wheat.

Avoid gluten. Wheat and the gluten it contains has been implicated in adverse conditions for the microbiome. Yet, wheat isn’t the only food containing gluten. While this may sound like advice given only for celiacs or IBS patients, the picture emerging regarding gluten is that it is associated with adverse changes in the microbiome. Similarly, adverse changes in the microbiome are associated with the development of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.

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Organic and biodynamic foods support a healthy microbiome.

Avoid genetically modified foods (GMOs). The consensus is emerging that genetically modified (or genetically engineered) foods contribute to problems in the microbiome. Herbicides used on GMO crops, such as glyphosate, harm the microbiome and contribute to states of depleted nutrition.

Avoid artificial sweeteners. As bad as refined sugars are for the microbiome, artificial sweeteners can be just as bad or worse. Beyond the fact that artificial sweeteners tend to be toxic, they are known to produce adverse changes in the microbiome.

Choose organic, biodynamic, pesticide-free, and garden-raised. Regarding food choices, do your best to obtain naturally grown foods and to avoid agricultural chemicals.

LIFESTYLE CHOICES SUPPORTING THE MICROBIOME

Avoid Antibiotics. Whenever possible, avoid taking antibiotics. These can destroy the balance in your microbiome.

Avoid antimicrobial products. These include soaps (containing triclosan and other chemicals), antimicrobial coatings (like Microban), and antibacterial substances.

Avoid chemicals that affect your microbiome. For example, avoid products and foods with synthetic, toxic preservatives. Drink filtered water (i.e., non-chlorinated water).

Get Dirty. Try gardening, spend time outdoors, or just be in nature more often. Unpolluted soils are an excellent source of natural microbes needed to keep you microbiome in balance.

PROBIOTIC & PREBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTATION

In addition to consuming probiotic and prebiotic foods, it can be helpful to take a probiotic supplement. Many of the probiotic supplements on the market provide a full complement of lactobacteria and/or bifidobacteria (often in the same formula).

It is especially useful to take probiotic supplements after exposure to antibiotics. However, probiotic supplements can offer be an effective adjunct to a probiotic (and prebiotic) friendly diet.

More recently, soil based organisms have garnered attention as important constituents of a healthy microbiome. These differ from lactobacteria, and in many ways are hardier and easier to get into the gut where they can thrive. It is also known that fulvic and humic acids act as prebiotics feeding microbes found in soils (soil based organisms) that support human health.

WHAT ARE SOIL BASED ORGANISMS (SBO)?

There are thousands of different types of bacteria found naturally in soils. These bacteria in soil and dirt historically performed many beneficial functions for us. It appears they help our bodies regulate immunity, and protect us from bacterial and fungal overgrowths in our intestinal tracts.

Up until 100 years ago (or less for some people), soil based organisms were an everyday part of the diet. Not that long ago, our country was comprised mostly of farmers. Agriculture was more about getting dirty than about efficient machinery and chemicals inputs (i.e., industrial agriculture). At that time, almost everyone would have consumed soil based organisms on vegetables and other foods from the fields, gardens, and orchards.

Today due to lack of exposure to soil based organisms resulting from modern food processing systems and the extensive use of pesticides that destroy the organisms, the average person has a very different composition of intestinal flora from their ancestors. There are far fewer soil based organisms, and more lactic acid bacteria. In addition, the use of antibiotics for young children has further swayed the balance away from these beneficial bacteria.

soil based organisms carrots

Healthy soils host soil based organisms. Foods grown traditionally without the use of synthetic herbicides and fertilizer provide high levels of SBOs naturally.

With a dramatic rise in research into the benefits of soil based organisms, new products have been developed that help us reintroduce them into our intestinal tracts. There they offer many benefits, including improving digestion, boosting immunity, and supporting overall good health in the intestines (with such benefits as reduced bloating, flatulence, and constipation).

And for example, certain soil based organisms are known to secrete proteins activating the immune system, as well as stimulating the production of white blood cells and antibodies.

BENEFITS OF SOIL BASED ORGANISMS

Increasing evidence supports the idea that soil based organisms are essential for human health. Here are a few of the reported benefits:

  • Improved Gastrointestinal Health
  • Prevention of Gut Colonization by Harmful Bacteria and Fungi
  • Support for Intestinal Regeneration
  • Support for Balancing Gut Microbiota
  • Help Balance Colon pH
  • Increase Resistance to Harmful Bacteria and Fungi
  • Increase Absorption of Nutrients in the Intestines
  • Help Replenish Friendly Microflora in the Colon
  • Support Overall Health and Well Being
  • Enhance Metabolism in the Gut
  • Promote and Normalize Bowel Function
  • Help Reduce Gas and Bloating
  • Improve Immune System Function
  • Improve GI Tract Barrier Function
  • Many Other Benefits

SOIL BASED ORGANISMS ARE DIFFERENT THAN LACTOBACTERIA

Most people today either take or are aware of the benefits of probiotics containing lactic acid-based bacteria. These include commonly known strains of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. Lactic-acid bacteria certainly are beneficial. There is a large body of research showing their high value for supporting digestion, immunity, and many other benefits. But they do have certain limitations.

Many of the lactic acid bacteria in probiotic formulas have difficulty making it through the stomach’s acidic environment. Thus, the bacteria arrive in the small intestine in vastly reduced numbers compared to the amount that must be consumed. Nutritionists therefore usually recommend taking probiotics with a large number of “colony forming units” (CFU) in order to ensure viability of the bacteria.

In addition, the benefits conferred by taking lactic acid bacteria may depend upon continuing usage. That is, certain studies indicate the benefits of these bacteria are greatly reduced after usage ends.

Soil based organisms offer several advantages compared to lactic-acid bacteria. First, they are extremely hardy and better able to withstand the acidic environment in the stomach. They are in fact, “endospore-forming” bacteria that surround themselves in a hard exterior that travels more effectively through the intestinal tract.

This means soil based organisms are far more likely to arrive intact in the small intestines (where they need to be) than lactobacteria. It also means that products containing soil-based organisms can provide fewer colony forming units and still be effective. That is, probiotic supplements with soil based organisms are more efficient at getting CFUs into the small intestines. It also eliminates or reduces the need for special coatings,  manufacturing processes, or “delivery systems” that must be created as a means to improve delivery rates of lactic acid bacteria.

Soil based organisms have also been shown to colonize the gut more effectively than lactic-acid bacteria. This may partially relate to the fact that they are hardier and make it to the small intestines in greater numbers. A major benefit is that this characteristic of SBOs may allow a reduction is dosage onto a “maintenance” level sooner without concerns that benefits of probiotic supplementation will disappear.

PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ BROAD-SPECTRUM PROBIOTIC & PREBIOTIC

We at Health Products Distributors, Inc. researched various products containing soil based organisms. We choose to carry Prescript-Assist™, which is an effective and well-regarded broad spectrum probiotic and prebiotic formula.

Prescript-Assist™ provides 29 naturally resilient strains that support your body’s natural intestinal balance. Having so many strains means that this formula better reflects the great microbial diversity of the intestines versus typical probiotic products. In fact, more than 1,000 different species of microbes inhabit the human gut. Prescript-Assist™ includes Bacillus subtilis, which is a well-proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.

Below is a complete list of the strains of soil based organisms provided by Prescript-Assist. One 600 mg capsule of Prescript-Assist includes the following microorganisms (as well as the prebiotic Leonardite):

Arthrobacter agilis, Arthrobacter citreus, Arthrobacter globiformis, Arthrobacter luteus, Arthrobacter simplex, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter paspali, Azospirillum brasiliense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus marcerans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteroides lipolyticum, Bacteriodes succinogenes, Brevibacterium lipolyticum, Brevibacterium stationis, Kurthia zopfii, Myrothecium verrucaria, Pseudomonas calcis, Pseudomonas dentrificans, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas glathei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Streptomyces fradiae, Streptomyces cellulosae, Streptomyces griseoflavus.

The number and types of species found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract can be a major difference between a well functioning digestive system and immune system, and those less than optimally functional. In scientific studies, individuals exhibiting higher levels of gastrointestinal distress and gut irregularities have been found to have a correspondingly lower variety of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

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Benefits of probiotics, including SBO formulas like Prescript-Assist

INHERENT VIABILITY

Prescript-Assist™ is a clinically proven probiotic supplement designed to ensure maximum viability of the many organisms it provides. The formula offers inherent viability because the species it provides are naturally adapted for survival in the human gastrointestinal tract. That is, these 29 species are environmentally based (SBO) species drawn from the terrestrial microbiome where they have prospered and adapted for millenia to beneficially coexist with humans.

Unlike conventional Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics, the strains in Prescript-Assist are a balanced formulation of a new generation of probiotics, capable of forming a protective shield until reaching the probiotic-friendly environment of the intestines. These organisms are resistant to acid, bile, and heat. In fact, routine testing of Prescript-Assist confirms it has a 95% viability two years after date of manufacture.

The inherent viability of the soil based organisms in Prescript-Assist means there are no requirements for nano-encapsulation or hard-shelled enteric-coated capsules, which both are essentially attempts to force viability of probiotic species rather than utilizing hardy strains naturally preadapted to our bodies.

Typical probiotic formulas therefore contain the relatively low-viability lactic acid bacteria that must be protected by technologies (e.g., microencapsulation) due to their inherent fragility. These fragile bacteria have a difficult time surviving because they are readily destroyed within the acidic environment of the stomach. Although patented enteric coatings can help survival rates, the provision of high-viabiltiy organisms that reach the intestines intact due to the inherent strength of their natural spore structure makes more sense as a means to protect against degradation in the stomach and intestinal tract.

Prescript-Assist™ provides bacteria that reach the intestines intact due to the fact that the spore structure protects against degradation or destruction by stomach acids.

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Benefits of soil based organisms in Prescript-Assist versus lactic acid bacteria formulas

29 SYMBIOTIC SPECIES FOUND IN ORGANIC, FERTILE SOILS

Science has shown that a baby’s exposure to maternal bacterial cultures during natural birth help it to form a healthy, disease-resistant bacterial defense. Likewise, the environmental and soil-based bacteria commonly found in foods grown in fertile organic soils assist in growing and maintaining a healthy makeup of internal flora in humans.

This is the basis of SBO (soil based organism) probiotics like Prescript-Assist.™ SBO probiotics have risen in recognition recently as clinical evidence grows to support their effectiveness. Species from the Bacillus genus, a gut-adapted spore-forming bacteria found in Prescript-Assist, have been demonstrated safe and effective in in vitro and in vivo studies (see Resources section below).

Dr. Mehmet Oz of the Dr. Oz Show says, “Spore form probiotics are the Chuck Norris of probiotics: total tough guys. They have to be to survive splashing around in your stomach’s acid bath. Wimpier types—including live cultures in yogurt—often throw in the towel.”

Among brands of SBO probiotics, Prescript-Assist offers the greatest diversity of species. It is the diversity and the resilience of the Prescript-Assist formulation that accounts for its proven success in peer-reviewed, published clinical trials.

BROAD SPECTRUM DIVERSITY

The Human Microbiome Project (NIH-funded five-years research study by a consortium of nearly 80 universities and institutions) confirmed that the number of microbial species found in the human intestines numbers in the thousands rather than hundreds.

Just as importantly, the project results showed that the distribution of a variety of strains capable of performing similar tasks is more important than the individual species themselves. This information underscores the importance of broad spectrum diversity, and therefore the role that can be played by multi-strain probiotic complexes, such as Prescript-Assist.

microbes over time soil based organisms

Soil based organisms in the human microbiome change during the life cycle.

A review article in Cell refers to the gut as a “natural laboratory for studying the ‘microevolution’ of humans.” The authors write: “In this view, we are seen as superorganisms composed of an amalgam of both microbial and H. sapiens cells, where the survival of microbe and human is interdependent.”

With its balanced formulation of 29 beneficial strains selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and paleolithic diets, Prescript-Assist is the only professional-grade probiotic to contain 29 species, 12 different genera, and all four of the most common phyla found in the human digestive tract, including Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, and Proteobacteria.

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Prevalence on skin sites of different types of bacteria, including soil based organisms.

ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES OF PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™ PROBIOTIC FORMULA

SHELF STABILITY (NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED)

Prescript-Assist offers exceptional shelf stability. It is well known that conventional probiotics (i.e., lactic acid bacteria) are readily damaged, degraded, and destroyed by heat and pressure during the manufacturing process. They are also degraded by exposure to light and by temperature changes. Because they lack shelf stability, if they are not kept refrigerated, they often cannot provide a sufficient quantity of organisms by the time of ingestion.

In contrast, Prescript-Assist features probiotic bacteria protected by a durable seed-like structure, so that they are better safeguarded against environmental factors, including heat, pressure, light, or temperature variability. Indeed, testing confirms that the probiotic bacteria in Prescript-Assist remain 95% viable two years after their date of manufacture without any need for refrigeration.

PREBIOTIC SUPPORT – LEONARDITE (FULVIC & HUMIC ACIDS)

Most probiotic formulas do not contain any prebiotics, which are a food source for bacteria, and help accelerate their growth. Prescript-Assist uniquely contains Leonardite, which is a prebiotic mixture of humic and fulvic acids, which allows the beneficial bacteria to proliferate and thrive.

Fulvic and humic acids belong to a group of organic substances called humic substances. These are dark brown constituents of humus found in soil that contribute to the character of soil, and are precursors to fossil fuels. They are also found in peat, coal upland streams, dystrophic lakes, and ocean water. Both humic acid and fulvic acid are excellent chelators and powerful antioxidants.

Humic acid is normally found in the form of “humate” (the salt of humic acid), i.e., humic acid bound to a nutritional mineral element. Fulvic acid is normally found in the form of ‘fulvate’ (the salt of fulvic acid), i.e., fulvic acid bound to a nutritional mineral element.

A substantial fraction of the mass of the humic acids is in carboxylic acid functional groups, which endow these molecules with the ability to chelate (bind) positively charged multivalent ions (Mg2+, Ca2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, most other “trace elements” of value to plants, as well as other ions that have no positive biological role, such as Cd2+ and Pb2+).

This chelation of ions is probably the most important role of humic acids with respect to living systems. By chelating the ions, they facilitate the uptake of these ions by several mechanisms, one of which is preventing their precipitation, another appears to be a direct and positive influence on their bioavailability.

Humic acid and fulvic acid have been the subject of many years of scientific study not only because of their role in soil and plant biology, but also with respect to their chelation capabilities. That is, for their proven capacities in removing heavy metals from the human body.

Humic and fulvic acids bind only with double valency positive cations, i.e., nutritional elements and/or heavy metal ions. It is likely that a heavy metal ion will displace a lighter, nutritional metal ion and bind with the humate or fulvate.

Many health care practitioners recommend fulvic acid as an electrolyte (to increase cellular electrical efficiency) and supplement to take in combination with trace mineral supplements in order to assist in their uptake by the body. Fulvic acid bonds with these minerals. Because it is a small molecule and therefore easily able to pass through cell membranes, it allows delivery of the minerals efficiently into cells.

Most products are based on processed humate, taken from high quality soil sources, containing large amounts of nutritional cations already bound into the matrix. They are therefore not likely to deplete an individual’s mineral levels. As fulvic acid/fulvate is the smaller molecule, it is more easily absorbed into the cells. It is regarded as an excellent method of delivery for trace elements and nutrients into the body, as well as being an excellent chelator.

Observed Effects of Humic Acids on Animals

Our focus in this article is upon the effects of soil based organisms and prebiotics (e.g., humic and fulvic acids) in humans. However, it is worth noting that various animal studies show a large number of benefits. These studies show the following benefits:

Covering mucous membrane and adstringent effects

Humic acids can form a protective film on the mucuous epithelium of the gastrointestinal tract against infections and toxins. The macrocolloidal structure of humic acids ensures a good shielding on the mucous membrane of the stomach and gut, the peripheral capillaries, and damaged mucosal cells. As a result of this process, the resorption of toxic metabolites is reduced or fully prevented, especially after infections, in case of residues of harmful substances in foods. Furthermore, humic acids help to prevent excessive loss of water via the intestine.

Antibacterial and virucidal effects

Humic acids can influence the metabolism of proteins and carbonhydrates of microbes by catalytic means. This leads to a directly damaging effect against bacteria or viruses. A second mechanism is related to the interionic bonds of high-molecular protein fractions (toxins) of infectious microbes. Their toxic impact on physiological processes of mucous membrane cells can be weakened considerably or even completely blocked.

Antiphlogical effects

Dermal, oral, or subcutaneous application of humic acids leads to inhibitory effects on inflammation. The ability to inhibit inflammation is considered to be related with the flavonoid groups contained in humic acids.

Antiresorptive and adsorptive effects

As high-molecular humic acids remain in the gastrointestinal tract almost entirely following the enteral application (there is no self-resorption), antiresorptive and adsorptive effects take place where they are needed—in the digestive tract. Primarily cationoid noxes (protein toxins, toxic substances) are fixed, their resorption is reduced considerably or even prevented completely and their elimination through the bowel is promoted. As adsorption by humic acids includes not only physical and chemical reactions, but also complex-formation and ion-exchange, it is more intensive and dynamic compared to purely physical adsorbents.

Effects on the immune system

Humic acids stimulate the resistance forces of the body and lead to an increase in the phagocytosis activity. The inducer effect of phenolic components (groups) of humic acids is believed to be responsible for the immunological effects and is the basis for the success of the treatment of the so-called “factor” diseases in young animals.

Ergotropic effects

Humic acids stabilize the intestinal flora, thereby ensuring improved utilization of nutrients in foods. This leads to an increase in liveweight of the animal without increasing the amount of feed given to the animal.

 

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Prescript-Assist provides 29 strains of beneficial soil based organisms.

BACKED BY SCIENCE

Probiotic supplement formulas typically do not offer product-specific clinical studies validating their effectiveness. Prescript-Assist™ is different. It is supported by a peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled human clinical trial, and a one-year follow-up study that verifies its long-term efficacy.

Below is a summary of major features and benefits provided by Prescript-Assist™.

SUMMARY OF KEY BENEFITS

  • No Need for Refrigeration.
  • Backed by Sound Science: Supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
  • Inherent Organism Viability: A matrix of superior, highly resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines.
  • Contains Bacillus subtilis:  A proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.
  • 29 Symbiotic Organisms: A balanced formulation specially selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and paleolithic diets.
  • Proven Shelf Stable:  With variations of less than 5% over two years from date of manufacture when stored at 98°F / 37°C
  • Supported By Prebiotics. Includes Leonardite, a prebiotic mixture of humic and fulvic acids, which allows beneficial bacteria to proliferate and thrive.
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

As a dietary supplement for adults, take 1–2 capsules per day, or as directed by your health care professional. May be taken with or without food.

Storage:

No refrigeration necessary. Store under normal conditions.

Shelf Life:

Routine viability testing confirms greater than 95% viability two years after date of manufacture — without refrigeration. See individual package for expiration dates.

A VIABLE PROBIOTIC FORMULA WITH SOIL BASED ORGANISMS

We at HPDI always strive to bring our customers the best products and formulas available whether or not we ourselves design and produce them.

When the opportunity to carry Prescript-Assist™ arose, we were quick to recognize its many benefits and advantages. We offer this unique formula knowing that it is safe, effective, and can help improve the health of our customers and their patients.

We also know that Prescript-Assist can be used effectively in combination with our other supplements (i.e., HPDI foundational supplements and superfoods), including formulas we design specifically for GI health like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula.

We take Prescript-Assist™ and experience major health benefits. In addition, we personally witness and hear from many individuals (including health care professionals) who have experienced the benefits of the formula. The results reported are excellent.

It is more important than ever to utilize our current (and rapidly expanding) knowledge about the human microbiome and its constituents to support optimal health and wellness. Science tells us that the human microbiome historically has been populated by a broad range of soil based organisms.

Where we have moved away from nature and traditional agriculture, individuals’ microbiomes can become less vibrant, diverse, and robust. Supplements like Prescript-Assist providing soil based organisms can help bring us closer to having a microbiome more closely resembling our healthy ancestors.

SOURCES AND RESOURCES

BOOKS, ARTICLES & INFORMATION

The Advantages of Soil Based Organisms for Health (from the HPDI blog)

A New View of the Role of Bacteria in Health (from the HPDI blog)

Prescript-Assist™ Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic (from the HPDI blog)

Spore Form Probiotics Keep Your Digestive Tract Happy

Body’s Hardworking Microbes Get Some Overdue Respect (Science)

NIH Human Microbiome Project Defines Normal Bacterial Makeup of the Body (NIH)

Ecological and Evolutionary Forces Shaping Microbial Diversity in the Human Intestine (Cell)

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain –for LifeDavid Perlmutter, MD.

SELECTED ABSTRACTS

The Safety of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus indicus as Food Probiotics (J. Applied Microbiology)

The Safety of Two Bacillus Probiotic Strains for Human Use (Digestive Diseases and Sciences)

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Prescript-Assist™ Probiotic Formula (HPDI website)

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula (HPDI website)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

Contact Us:

You can reach HPDI by calling 1-800-228-4265, email support(at)IntegratedHealth.com, or visit the retail website: www.IntegratedHealth.com

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Prescript-Assist™ Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic

Fred Liers PhD prescript-assist probiotic prebioticHPDI has always offered high-quality probiotic formulas, such as Polydophilus. We are now very pleased to offer Prescript-Assist™, one of the very best broad spectrum probiotic and prebiotic formulas available.

Probiotics are valued for their capacities to improve health. They boost intestinal health by increasing populations of beneficial bacteria, counterbalance the adverse effects of antibiotics on gut flora, help fight yeast infections, and much more.

Current research shows that increasing population of “good-for-you” bacteria can exert beneficial effects beyond what anyone believed or predicted less than a decade ago. Some of these benefits are truly remarkable and the list of benefits seems to grow every year.

BENEFITS OF PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS & CULTURED FOODS

Benefits reported from probiotics include 1) relief of stress, anxiety, and depression, 2) mood improvement via gut-brain signaling, 3) protection against free radicals, 4) anti-inflammatory properties, 5) improvement of glucose tolerance, 6) reduction of upper respiratory tract infections, 7) allergy prevention, 8) cholesterol reduction, 9) beneficial effects in liver disease, and 10) many other health benefits.

It appears that the range of benefits of probiotics (including probiotic supplements) is so great and that more benefits (and their mechanisms) have yet to be discovered.

Benefits of Probiotics

People recognize that probiotics are found in a variety of foods with live or active bacteria cultures (often found in cultured or fermented foods), which include yogurt, sauerkraut, miso soup, buttermilk, and gouda cheese. Many traditional cultures emphasize the consumption of cultured foods.

Consuming cultured foods is a great way to obtain probiotics naturally from your diet. However, taking a probiotic supplement offers additional benefits beyond the benefits obtained from dietary sources. These benefits can include a wider range and greater number of beneficial bacteria, ease of use, standardized amounts to assess intake, and ensuring high intake of probiotics when dietary sources like cultured foods are not readily available or desirable.

Given the very broad range of benefits relating to use or consumption of probiotics, it is little wonder that they are so widely used, and so commonly recommended. Indeed, we recommend regular use of probiotic for a variety of health-related reasons. Our health recommendations often include the probiotic supplements we offer either as an “enhancement” supplement or sometimes as a “condition specific” formula depending on the health status of the individual and the conditions s/he seeks to address.

While cultured foods are often simply part of a traditional diet, people also consume these foods or take probiotics for specific reasons, such as when their gastrointestinal tract is not functioning well. Other times are when individuals experience GI related symptoms, including abdominal bloating or discomfort, indigestion, nausea, bowel irregularity, flatulence, as well as general malaise, fatigue, or weakness.

Because imbalances in the makeup of healthy bacteria found in the intestines can be the cause of health issues related to the digestive tract, it is important that if an individual decides to take a probiotic supplement that the supplement be of the highest quality and the greatest effectiveness.

INTRODUCING PRESCRIPT-ASSIST™: A BROAD SPECTRUM PROBIOTIC & PREBIOTIC

Not long ago, HPDI decided to make Prescript-Assist™ available to our customers. We did this because we believe Prescript-Assist is hands down one of the best probiotic formulas available. Here are reasons that anyone who takes (or considers taking) probiotic supplements would benefit greatly from taking Prescript-Assist.

29 STRAINS OF SYMBIOTIC MICROFLORA IN ONE PROBIOTIC FORMULA

Prescript-Assist™ is a proprietary, broad spectrum formula providing 29 naturally resilient strains that support your body’s natural intestinal balance. Having so many strains means that this formula better reflects the great microbial diversity of the intestines vs typical probiotic products. In fact, more than 1,000 different species of microbes inhabit the human gut. Also of note: Prescript-Assist™ contains Bacillus subtilis, which is a well-proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.

Most probiotic formulas provide only lactic-acid based bacteria. Lactic-acid bacteria are important, but they are hardly the only or the most important probiotic for humans. They are also quite fragile, and must be refrigerated if they are to remain viable.

Here (below) is a complete list of the strains provided by Prescript-Assist. That is, each 600 mg capsule of Prescript-Assist includes the following microorganisms (and leonardite, a prebiotic):

Arthrobacter agilis, Arthrobacter citreus, Arthrobacter globiformis, Arthrobacter luteus, Arthrobacter simplex, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter paspali, Azospirillum brasiliense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus marcerans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteroides lipolyticum, Bacteriodes succinogenes, Brevibacterium lipolyticum, Brevibacterium stationis, Kurthia zopfii, Myrothecium verrucaria, Pseudomonas calcis, Pseudomonas dentrificans, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas glathei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Streptomyces fradiae, Streptomyces cellulosae, Streptomyces griseoflavus.

It is notable that science has discovered that the number of bacterial cells in our bodies is more than ten times the number of human cells. This collection of living cells is essentially an extension of our own bodies, and has been labeled the “human microbiome.”

It is clear that the number and types of species found in the gut can be a primary difference between an optimal digestive system and immune system, and those less than optimally functional. In scientific studies, individuals exhibiting higher levels of gastrointestinal distress and gut irregularities have been found to have a correspondingly lower variety of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

HIGH VIABILITY

Prescript-Assist™ is a next-generation, clinically proven probiotic supplement designed to to ensure maximum viability of the many organisms it provides. The formula offers inherent viability because the species it provides naturally adapted for survival in the human GI tract. That is, these 29 species are environmentally based (SBO) species drawn from the terrestrial microbiome where they have prospered and adapted for millenia to beneficially coexist with humans.

This inherent viability avoids the need for nano-encapsulation or hard-shelled enteric-coated capsules, which both are essentially attempts to force viability of probiotic species rather than utilizing hardy strains that are naturally pre-adapted to our bodies.

Thus, typical probiotic formulas contain low viability lactic acid bacteria that must be protected by technologies such as micro-encapsulation due to their inherent fragility. These fragile bacteria have a difficult time surviving because they are readily destroyed within the acidic environment of the stomach. While patented enteric coatings can help survival rates, the provision of high-viabiltiy organisms that reach the intestines intact due to the inherent strength of their natural spore structure makes more sense as a means to protect against degradation in the stomach and intestinal tract.

Bottom line: Prescript-Assist™ provides bacteria that reach the intestines intact due to the fact that the spore structure protects against degradation or destruction by stomach acids.

SHELF STABILITY (NO REFRIGERATION NEEDED)

Prescript-Assist offers unparalleled shelf stability. It is well known that conventional probiotics (i.e., lactic acid bacteria) are readily damaged, degraded, and destroyed by the heat and pressure of the manufacturing process. They are also degraded by exposure to light and by temperature changes. Because they lack shelf stability, if they are not kept refrigerated, they often cannot provide a sufficient quantity of organisms by the time of ingestion.

In contrast, Prescript-Assist features probiotic bacteria protected by a durable seed-like structure, so that they are better safeguarded against environmental factors, including heat, pressure, light, or temperature variability. Indeed, testing confirms that the probiotic bacteria in Prescript-Assist remain 95% viable two years after their date of manufacture without any need for refrigeration.

PREBIOTIC SUPPORT

Most probiotic formulas do not contain any prebiotics, which are a food source for bacteria, and help accelerate their growth. Prescript-Assist uniquely contains leonardite, which is a prebiotic mixture of humic and fulvic acids, which allows the beneficial bacteria to proliferate and thrive.

SOUND SCIENCE

Probiotic supplement formulas typically do not offer product-specific clinical studies validating their effectiveness. Prescript-Assist™ is different. It is supported by a peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled human clinical trial, and a one-year follow-up study that verifies its long-term efficacy.

Below is a summary of major features and benefits provided by Prescript-Assist™.

Why is Prescript-Assist a better choice?

  • No Need for Refrigeration.
  • Backed by Sound Science: Supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
  • Inherent Organism Viability: A matrix of superior, highly resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines.
  • Contains Bacillus subtilis:  A proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.
  • 29 Symbiotic Organisms: A balanced formulation specially selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and paleolithic diets.
  • Proven Shelf Stable:  With variations of less than 5% over two years from date of manufacture when stored at 98°F / 37°C .
  • Supported By Prebiotics. 
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

As a dietary supplement for adults, take 1–2 capsules per day, or as directed by your health care professional. May be taken with or without food.

Storage:

No refrigeration necessary. Store under normal conditions.

Shelf Life:

Routine viability testing confirms greater than 95% viability two years after date of manufacture — without refrigeration. See individual package for expiry.

CONCLUSION: A VIABLE PROBIOTIC FOR ALL SEASONS

We at HPDI have always striven to bring our customers the best products and formulas available whether or not we ourselves design and produce them.

When a formula like Prescript-Assist™ comes along (which is not every day), we are often quick to recognize its benefits, which in this case are many. We offer this unique formula knowing that it is safe, effective, and can help improve the health of our customers.

We also know that Prescript-Assist can be used effectively in combination with our other supplements (i.e., foundational supplements and superfoods), including formulas we design specifically for GI health like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula.

Indeed, we ourselves take Prescript-Assist™ and experience major health benefits. In addition, we personally witness and hear from many individuals who take the formula based on our recommendations. The results reported are excellent.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula

SELECTED ARTICLES

“A New View of the Role of Bacteria in Health” – by Dr. Hank Liers – from the HPDI Blog

“Probiotics Shown to Improve Mood Naturally, Alleviate Stress”

“2 More Reasons You Should be Taking Probiotics”

“Prescript-Assist Probiotic-Prebiotic Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Methodologically Oriented, 2-Week, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Study”

“Prescript-Assist Probiotic-Prebiotic Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: An Open-label, Partially Controlled, 1-year Extension of a Previously Published Controlled Clinical Trial”

Messaoudi, M, et al. Beneficial psychological effects of a probiotic formulation (Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum R0175) in healthy human volunteers. Gut MicrobesJuly/August 2011; 2:4, 256-261.

Sudo N, Chida Y, Aiba Y, Sonoda J, Oyama N, Yu XN, et al. Postnatal microbial colonization programs the hypothalamic-pitutary-adrenal system for stress response in mice. J Physiol 2004; 558:263-75.

Sudo N. Stress and gut microbiota: does postnatal microbial colonization programs the hypothalamicpituitary- adrenal system for stress response? Int Congr Ser 2006; 1,287:350-4.

Messaoudi M, et al. Assessment of psychotropic-like properties of a probiotic formulation (Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum R0175) in rats and human subjects. Br J Nutr 2011; 105:755–64.

Martarelli, D et al. Effect of a probiotics intake on oxidant and antioxidant parameters in plasma of athletes during intense exercise training. Curr Microbiol. 2011 June; 62(6): 1689–96.

Gleeson, M et al. Daily probiotic’s (Lactobacillus casei Shirota) reduction of infection incidence in athletes. Int J Sport Nutr Exercise Metab. 2011;21:55–64.

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A New View of the Role of Bacteria in Health

Bacteria

I recently watched a talk by Dr. Bonnie Bassler concerning how bacteria communicate with each other ("Discovering Bacteria's Amazing Communication System") on TED.com. I came away from her talk with a