When it comes to pure numbers, bacteria are the dominant life form on this planet! And your body is full of them — some destructive to your health and some that can enhance health and protect you from destructive, or pathogenic microbes.
Most people know about antibiotics, pharmaceutical preparations to kill bacteria, especially to stop bacterial infections. Unfortunately treatment with antibiotics can also kill of good bacteria that maintain balance in your body. Probiotics are “microbially derived factors that stimulate the growth of other microorganisms”. In terms of probiotic dietary supplements that means that live microbes – like acidophilus bacteria – feed and establish populations of health enhancing bacteria to improve the microbial balance, primarily in the intestines, but also in the mouth and vagina. Eating fermented foods, like yogurt, kefir, and saurkraut for example, or supplementing with probiotics, can increase populations of the “good guys” and reduce populations of invasive, pathogenic microbes.
As mentioned above, friendly bacteria of the intestinal tract are referred to collectively as probiotic, meaning “for life” or “in support of life”, because they are the natural guardians of robust intestinal health and vitality. Friendly or probiotic bacteria toil 24 hours a day, holding at bay and dominating the many pathogenic bacteria, viruses, yeast, and other microorganisms that unavoidably inhabit the intestinal tract. Given opportunity, the pathogens succeed in colonizing by adhering to the intestinal tract, inflicting disruptions to our intestinal health and throughout the whole body.
The human intestinal tract contains trillions of bacteria in a natural but delicate state of balance between the beneficial probiotic bacteria and their good effects and the pathogenic microorganisms and their adverse effects. Under conditions of high stress or prolonged stress, antibiotic therapy, vacation or business travel, and encounters with food or water-borne pathogens, this natural protective balance can be disrupted, resulting in a decline in the number of beneficial or probiotic bacteria.
Women! A ONE-TWO Punch Against Infections
Women need probiotics for all the usual reasons — improved digestion and immunity — but probiotics are also an ally against painful, annoying urinary and vaginal infections, especially paired with cranberry extract!
Natural Factors Women’s Multi Probiotic with CranRich contains 12 billion active cells of ten especially cultured strains of probiotics for small intestine, large intestine, and vaginal health. This formula features L. fermentum and S. thermophillus, two strains of probiotics that are especially beneficial for the vaginal flora. It also contains an additional 250 mg of super strength CranRich cranberry 36:1 concentrate per capsule which stop bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and prevent infections.
Women’s Multi Probiotic with CranRich® from Natural Factors helps maintain normal intestinal and vaginal flora throughout every stage of a woman’s life.