NASA Interested in Probiotics?… And You Should Be, Too!
Inside your gut, live billions upon billions of bacteria. Some are dangerous… others are friendly. “Health nuts” pay a lot of attention to these tiny passengers. You know who else does?
That’s right: NASA has a keen interest in the friendly bacteria living in your intestinal tract. Why? Because these microscopic passengers could be a key to astronauts’ health on long space journeys.
Just last year, a NASA scientist and his colleague published a review of probiotic benefits. The goal was to identify the strains with the best chance of helping boost astronaut health in deep space.
Because there’s no emergency room between here and Mars.
If NASA thinks probiotics can help boost your health… maybe you should discover just what these tiny powerhouses can do. It turns out the answer is “a lot.”
In the next few moments, you’ll discover 10 powerful reasons to take a probiotic supplement… and how Best Life Herbals’ Super Flora Plus meets the key criteria for potent probiotics.
Reason #1: Probiotics promote tight junctions.
Scientists estimate a trip to Mars will take about 9 months or so. Imagine if an astronaut falls ill 4 or 5 months into the trip. What will they do? There’s no family doctor… no urgent care center… no ER.
But there is refrigeration and room for a few bottles of pills.
That’s why NASA is so interested in probiotics. Because the right mix of probiotic bacteria can help fight off all sorts of health issues. One of the most important is “leaky gut.”
Your digestive system is lined with a thin layer of very important cells. These cells are tasked with letting nutrients though into your blood stream… and keeping harmful toxins out. The “gateways” in this layer of cells are called tight junctions.
When your gut flora are out of balance, your tight junctions “loosen up.” They begin to allow toxins out into your bloodstream… and they’ll eventually reach your major organs. And that can make you very, very sick.
But when these junctions stay “tight,” only the nutrients get through. Toxins move on and eventually pass safely out of your system.
Studies show probiotics can strengthen tight junctions and block factors that might otherwise damage the intestinal barrier.1
This makes taking a probiotic a simple way to defend against many potential health problems.
Reason #2: Probiotics crowd out unhealthy bacteria.
Here’s an excellent reason for taking a probiotic supplement. If you do, there’s a good chance these “friendly” bacteria will crowd out bacteria that make you sick.
Your gut is a little like a garden.
If you neglect your garden, weeds will begin to overtake the garden. And – pretty soon – many of your flowers and vegetables will get choked out. But if you till the soil and tend to the weeding, you’ll grow a garden full of beautiful, health-giving plants.
With so many demands on your time, it’s easy to let your diet slip. Maybe you grab a donut and coffee on the way to work. You miss lunch and grab a candy bar and energy drink in the afternoon. Or get take-out for supper, because you’re just plain exhausted.
Whatever the reason, poor eating habits are an open invitation to pathogenic bacteria. With your “friendly” bacteria starving, it’s easy for these nasty germs to take over. And when they do, they start pumping out toxins like crazy.
Of course, the ideal answer is to always eat a healthy diet. But you know you can’t always eat well. The answer is to eat as well as you can… and to provide friendly gut bacteria with reinforcements.
Studies show taking a probiotic supplement – especially strains of Lactobacillus – can help keep pathogens at bay… and promote a healthy gut environment.2, 3
And, for the record, Super Flora Plus delivers 15.4 billion “colony forming units” (CFU) of Lactobacillus per serving.
Reason #3: Probiotics provide key vitamins.
You probably didn’t know you have a little “vitamin factory” operating in your gut. But you do.
You see, so-called “friendly” bacteria perform many helpful functions. And one of them is to manufacture key vitamins.
Your body uses B vitamins to fight the effects of stress, ease systemic irritation, and produce energy (among other things). Vitamin K helps promote bone strength and normalize blood clotting.
And friendly bacteria manufacture both B vitamins and vitamin K in your gut.4 Which helps ensure you get enough of these key health-promoting vitamins.
Probiotic bacteria can’t make all of these vitamins you need… but they can help tip the balance in your favor. Which is especially important when you can’t always eat right.
Reason #4: Probiotics help boost mood.
“The blues” may be in your head… but the solution may be in your gut. The latest research suggests a healthy balance of probiotic bacteria in your gut can actually boost your mood!
For example, Dutch scientists found taking a mix of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics eased a negative mood and aggressive thoughts.
Volunteers with mood problems taking the probiotic mix fared much better after 4 weeks then a similar group who took a placebo.5
Volunteers in the probiotic group had fewer negative thoughts. Which, in these stressful times, is a big plus.
For the record, Super Flora Plus features probiotics from the same families as those used in this study.
Reason #5: Probiotics aid digestion.
You may be surprised to learn that digestion is one of the least established benefits of probiotics. After all, they live in your digestive tract.
But larger health issues have overshadowed this basic function. But not enough that we don’t have good evidence probiotics boost digestion, too.
For example, a 2010 review found probiotics can improve metabolism of lactic acid – a common source of gastro-intestinal distress – and cholesterol. Probiotics appear to assist in the breakdown of carbohydrates you body can’t digest. And current evidence shows they can help your body deal with ammonia.6
All of this adds up to better digestion, less discomfort, and less worry for you.
Reason #6: Probiotics may improve oral health.
It turns out “brush and floss” may not be the best advice for oral health. Because it leaves out “take a good probiotic.”
Studies suggest probiotics may benefit your digestive system from start to finish. And we mean that literally. Probiotics may help prevent problems even in your mouth.
A 2016 Japanese study suggests combining probiotics with prebiotics – indigestible fibers that serve as food for probiotic bacteria – may help defend your teeth from decay.
Combining prebiotics – fiber probiotics use as food – with five strains of Lactobacillus lowered levels of compounds that normally lead to breakdown of tooth material.7
So brushing and flossing may not be your best defense against tooth decay. You may have to add a good probiotic – with the fiber it eats – to get the best results.
A 2017 Spanish review also shows strains of friendly bacteria can block significant numbers of damaging bacteria from your mouth.8
Reason #7: Probiotics fight “female problems.”
Women are susceptible to yeast and bacteria getting a foothold in their urinary tract. This is a largely anatomical problem… but it’s not beyond hope.
In fact, taking an oral probiotic may be the easiest way to ward off bacterial and yeast attacks “down there.”
In a 2001 study doctors gave probiotics to10 women with recurring bacterial or yeast problems. In just a week, the oral probiotics had colonized the women’s urinary tracts. And 6 of the women showed complete recovery!9
(And, yes, you’ll find one of the two strains doctors used in this study in Super Flora Plus.)
Reason #8: Cholesterol regulation.
High levels of LDL – “bad” – cholesterol have been linked to a higher risk of heart trouble. Studies show probiotic bacteria promote lower LDL levels through at least three pathways.
Some strains of Lactobacillus assimilate LDL – essentially taking it out of circulation. They also effect bile salts, which are natural cholesterol regulators. And they block enzymes that can raise cholesterol levels.
In one model, a strain of Lactobacillus assimilated 67% of LDL.10 Each strain has different effects, but the net result is a healthier level of “bad” cholesterol. And a lower risk of heart problems.
Reason #9: Probiotics Battle Obesity.
Modern life is tailor-made to pack on extra pounds…
- Much more of the world’s workforce has a desk job than ever before.
- High-energy foods are more available than at any time in the past.
- Our leisure pursuits are now more likely to revolve around computers or TV.
Add it all together, and you have a higher energy intake and lower energy output. Any way you parse it, that’s a formula for packing on extra pounds.
Probiotics can’t reverse all the effects of burning less energy while taking in more… but they can have an effect.
According to a 2016 article in Nutrition & Metabolism, probiotics can help ease the trend towards obesity in modern life. According to the study’s authors, probiotics may help control appetite, metabolism, body composition, and overall weight.11
The trick is to promote the right balance of gut bacteria.
Putting Your Gut Bacteria to Work for You – at No Risk
Why face the battle against poor health alone, when you can face it with billions of allies?
That’s the power behind Super Flora Plus. Our unique probiotic formula recruits billions of allies to defend your health.
With Super Flora Plus, you’re not alone. Instead, you have billions of the most effective, proven “soldiers” in your battle for good health.
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That gives you plenty of time to enjoy the health-promoting benefits of our Super Flora Plus formula. Plenty of time to prove to yourself that this is the real deal.
NASA thinks probiotics deserve special consideration. And we couldn’t agree more. Even if you don’t plan to go to Mars any time soon. Because Super Flora Plus may offer the simplest, most direct route to better heath.
If you’re ready to enjoy the fastest, easiest way to better health, check out Super Flora Plus now. There’s no risk… and it could be your path to boundless benefits today.
Yours in continued good health,
The Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the US food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease.
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