Fermentation is a process of biotransformation in which lactic acid bacteria and beneficial yeasts digest the sugars available in the food and produce beneficial bacteria and acids. This results in a food that is more acidic (sour) than the original ingredients, such as yogurt and sour cream, sour dough breads, vinegar, sauerkraut, and pickles, to name a few. The acids that are produced serve a number of functions: preventing food spoilage by inhibition of pathogenic microbes, mineral liberation from the food matrix making them more absorbable and thereby improving the nutritional value of the food, and improving the digestion and absorption of amino acids in the foods. Fermented foods are also a naturally rich source of digestive enzymes that are produced by the microbes to break down the food. Whereas today we get digestive enzymes in capsule form, fermented foods are the original digestive enzyme supplements that were traditionally served as condiments alongside the main menu.
The microbes that ferment foods also have a direct value to human health. Beneficial bacteria and other microbes form a protective shield around us that lines our digestive tracts, covers our skin, and occupies all nooks and crannies of the body including the eyes, ears, nose and throat, as well as urinary tracts and reproductive areas. Probiotic strains support digestion by providing additional enzymes, and adding bulk to the stool allowing for the regular removal of waste from our systems. They also support immune function by neutralizing invading threats directly while simultaneously alerting our immune system to the presence of dangerous microbes.
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics by Botanica are made via a traditional fermentation technique in which 12 beneficial strains of lactic acid bacteria biotransform a nutrient-dense growth medium made of 92 different fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and seaweeds over a period of three years at natural temperatures. The lengthy fermentation period taking place over hot summers and cold winters makes Dr. Ohhira’s a naturally heat stable, living probiotic supplement to support both digestion and immune function. The beneficial bacteria are delivered along with the naturally occurring prebiotics found in the foods – nothing is added and nothing is taken away. Due to the unique way in which Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics are created their efficacy in supporting digestive and immune health exceeds that of freeze dried bacteria with higher CFU count.
The benefits of probiotics are well documented; by using a unique fermentation process to formulate its probiotic strains, Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics by Botanica combine the therapeutic benefits of probiotics with the bioavailability and digestive benefits of fermentation, resulting in a potent superfood that is much more than just an ordinary probiotic.