Children are particularly susceptible to disruptions to the delicate balance of the good and bad bacteria in their tummies.Gut-Buddies Infantis Complex is a unique children’s probiotic powder, which comes in easy-to-administer sachets.
The formula contains 7 strains of naturally-occurring beneficial organisms (including the child-specific Bifidobacterium infantis strain), providing 1 billion good bacteria per sachet. It also includes the prebiotic FOS.
It is designed to support healthy levels of intestinal flora after a course of antibiotics or following a digestive upset. It can also offer immunity support when babies, toddlers or young children return to playgroups or pre-school, and germs and viruses are particularly prevalent.
- Healthy levels of intestinal flora
- The immune system
- Replenishing a disrupted gut
- Efficient digestion
Ingredients: Live bacteria mix:
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus
- Streptococcus thermophilus
- Bifidobacterium breve
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Bifidobacterium infantis
- Lactobacillus bulgaricus (milk, soya)
ALLERGY ADVICE: for allergens, see ingredients in bold. Contains traces of soya and milk (these are used in the bacterium growth medium) at levels which should not affect lactose intolerance sufferers.
Suggested usage: Give 1 sachet daily with or after food for a period of at least 15 days, or as advised. Can be mixed into food, water, milk, juice or other liquids.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help to maintain the natural balance of organisms (gut flora) in the intestines. They do this by competing for space and food with harmful organisms that would otherwise make people sick, particularly if allowed to flourish and grow in large numbers.
Maintaining healthy gut flora helps us to digest food, absorb proteins, produce B vitamins and support the immune system. It also helps to protect the gut wall and prevents more harmful organisms from establishing themselves.
Each person’s mix of bacteria varies, but interactions between a person and the micro-organisms in their body, and among the micro-organisms themselves, can be crucial to their health and well-being. The delicate balance of healthy gut flora can be disrupted by a wide range of factors, including illness and the use of antibiotics (which indiscriminately destroy both good and bad bacteria in the body). Children are particularly susceptible to such disruptions.
Most probiotics are live micro-organisms that are similar to those naturally found in the gut, especially in those of breastfed infants (who have natural protection against many diseases). Gut-Buddies Infantis Complex is a high potency, multi-strain probiotic supplement, designed specially for children. Not only does it contain the child-specific Bifidobacterium infantis strain, it comes in an easy-to-administer tasteless powder form – it can be added to any liquid.
Providing 1 billion bacteria per sachet, the 7 strains help to ensure that parents can replenish their children’s vulnerable tummies with a diversity of beneficial flora. The friendly bacteria contained in Gut-Buddies Infantis Complex occur naturally in the digestive tracts of children.
Benefits of probiotics:
Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD):Antibiotics kill friendly bacteria in the gut, along with harmful bacteria. Probiotics are therefore often used to offset some of the digestion-related side effects of using antibiotics (such as constipation, wind, cramping and diarrhoea). AAD, in particular, results from an imbalance in the colonic microbiota caused by antibiotic therapy. Probiotic treatment can reduce the incidence and severity of AAD.
Improving immune function and preventing infections:
There are antibody-producing cells (Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue or GALT) in the digestive tract, which are connected with the immune system. One theory is that if you alter the micro-organisms in a person’s intestinal tract (e.g. by introducing probiotic bacteria), you can affect the immune system’s defences. A 2010 study suggested that the anecdotal benefits of probiotic therapies as beneficial for preventing secondary infections, a common complication of antibiotic therapy, may be because keeping the immune system primed by eating foods enhanced with “good” bacteria may help counteract the negative effects of sickness and antibiotics. It was thought that antibiotics may turn the immune system “off” while probiotics turns it back on “idle”, and make it more able to quickly react to new infections. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) foods and supplements have been shown to aid in the treatment and prevention of acute diarrhoea and in decreasing the severity and duration of rotavirus infections in children and travellers’ diarrhea in adults.
Improving mineral absorption:
Probiotic lactobacilli can help to correct malabsorption of trace minerals, found particularly in those individuals with diets high in phytate content from whole grains, nuts and legumes.
LAB supplements have been found to modulate inflammatory and hypersensitivity responses. Clinical studies suggest that they can prevent recurrences of inflammatory bowel disease in adults, as well as help to improve milk allergies.
Preventing harmful bacterial growth under stress:
In a study done to understand the effects of stress on intestinal flora, rats that were fed probiotics experienced a lower occurrence of harmful bacteria in their intestines than those that were fed sterile water.
Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of a range of LAB in lowering serum cholesterol levels, presumably by breaking down bile in the gut, thereby inhibiting its re-absorption (which enters the blood as cholesterol).
Lowering blood pressure:
Clinical trials have indicated that consumption of milk fermented with various strains of LAB may result in reductions in blood pressure. It is thought that this is due to the ACE inhibitor-like peptides produced during fermentation.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and colitis:
Certain probiotics have been found to improve symptoms of IBS and to be safe in treating ulcerative colitis.