LACTOBACILLUS & BIFIDOBACTERIA SPECIES
Lactobacillus & Bifidobacteria species are referred to as beneficial bacteria or “probiotics.” They produce important nutrients & enzymes that contribute to an optimal intestinal environment. In addition, Lactobacillus & Bifidobacteria species have individual functions that collectively produce beneficial effects in the body. Bifidobacteria represents approximately one-fourth of the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract.
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) help to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. They are composed of carbohydrates that cannot be broken down by enzymes. Because they are indigestible, they pass through the intestinal tract intact until they reach the colon. In the colon, the beneficial bacteria use FOS as a growth nutrient. Potentially harmful bacteria & yeast such as Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, E. Coli, & Candida do not use FOS.