Can probiotics help to fend of yeast infections or are they a scam?

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probioticsEverybody is different and may react differently to probiotics. However, to answer this question lets first look at the definition of probiotics: “Live microorganisms that when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host” (World Health Organization 2001).

Next let’s look at the cause of yeast infection. Yeast infections occur when pathogenic yeast cells, called Candida, take hold. Candida Albicans are normally present in small amounts in the vaginal area. It is not until these bacteria begin to multiply at a rapid pace that they cause what is known as a yeast infection. These bad bacteria are usually off set by good or friendly bacteria in your system. It is when the amount of good bacteria in your system drops that you begin to have issues.

So why are probiotics becoming a popular natural home remedy for yeast infections?

That is because probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in your digestive tract and vagina. And these are the same exact good bacteria that suppress the growth of the bad bacteria responsible for yeast infections. Probiotics can be found as oral supplements or as vaginal suppositories. We are all different and may respond differently to each probiotic. So here are some probiotics you may want to consider when looking for a home remedy for your yeast infection:

Threelac

Threelac was developed in Japan and is a lemon-flavored, nutritional-food supplement that, true to its name, contains three living probiotics: Bacillus Coagulans, Bacillus Subtilis, and Enterococcus Faecalis. Threelac has been available in Japan since 1992 and in the US and Canada since 2002. It is claimed that the Threelac probiotics exist only to find and eat Candida. Some people may experience cleansing or die-off reactions when taking Threelac

Syntol

Syntol AMD claims to be one of a kind in that it contains prebiotics, probiotics and an enzyme blend all in one capsule. Inulin is the periodic. Syntol also contains:

  • Bacillus subtilis (kills disease causing yeast)
  • Lactobacillus helvecticus (boosts your immune system )
  • Saccharomyces boulardii (maintains a balance between good and bad bacteria )
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus (helps to eliminate bad bacteria),
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus (resistant to acidic environment in stomach)
  • Lactobacillus plantarum (eliminates food that bad organisms need for survival)
  • Lactobacillus lactis(adds synergistic support to the probiotic blend)
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum (maintains good bacteria levels)
  • In addition Syntol also has a Digestive Yeast Cleanse consisting of: Cellulase, Blucoamylase, Hemicellulase, Amylase, Protease, and Serrapeptase.

Custom Probiotics

Also known as CP-1 for short. Custom Probiotics is a 5 strain probiotic that will not grow molds in the body and is very heat stable. CP-1 contains five superior strains of freeze-dried probiotics microorganisms with a total bacterial count of 50 billion per capsule guaranteed at date of expiry. CP-1 contains:

  • L. Acidophilus
  • L.Rhamnosus
  • L. Plantarum
  • B. Lactis
  • B. Bifidum

CP-1 test results indicate about 80 billion total bacterial count per capsule at the time of manufacture.

Theralac
Theralac claims it is the number one probiotic. Theralac was introduced in 2003. Here is what’s inside Theralac:

Five Probiotic Species:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus – 10 billion CFU
    (Strain LA-1)
  • Lactobacillus paracasei – 5 billion CFU
    (Strain F-19)
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus – 2 billion CFU
    (Strain LR-44)
  • Bifidobacterium lactis – 10 billion CFU
    (Strain BL-34)
  • Bifidobacterium lactis – 3 billion CFU
    (Strain Bi-07)

Formulated at 40 Billion Colony Forming Units – Guaranteed at 30 Billion Colony Forming Units (CFU) through expiration.

2 prebiotics that stimulate probiotics – LactoStim® (patent pending) and Lactoferrin.

Natural acid-proof gel formulation utilizing sodium alginate and grape skin extract protected by US patents 7,122,370 and 7,229,818

Truflora

Truflora contains:

  • Bacillus coagulans or Lactobacillus sporogenes
  • Lactobacillus salivarius
  • Lactobacillus plantarum.

Just after being manufactured, TruFlora contains twenty-four billion colony forming units, but at least twelve billion are guaranteed through the expiration date

Iflora

Iflora features a specialized blend of 6 probiotic strains at 30 billion active cells per serving

Synbiotic Blend 580mg

  • Short Chain Fructooligosaccharide
  • (NutraFlora® scFOS®)
  • Bifidobacterium lactis
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus
  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Streptococcus thermophilus

Total Immune Booster

TIB contains 7 species of beneficial bacteria at a dose of 15 billion bacteria. TIB may not have a high bacteria count, but it contains other things that are beneficial. One is Allimax, which is the trade name for the active ingredient in garlic. And as stated in our post on garlic, garlic can be used as a home remedy for yeast infections. Total Immune Booster also contains Beta Glucan, which is a great immune system stimulator.

Probio5

Probio5 contains:

  • Lactobacillus Sporogenes
  • L. acidophilus,
  • L. Planterum,
  • B. Longum,
  • Saccharomyces boulardii.

Probio5 also contains the enzymes protease, peptizyme, cellulase, and chitosinase from bacillus sp. This is almost the exact enzyme profile of Candex although I am unsure of the dosage comparison.

Culturelle

Lactobacillus GG (10 Billion cells), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Gelatin (capsule), Contains Milk Proteins

Warnings

When it comes to probiotics, ask a health professional before use. Keep this out of the reach of children. If symptoms persist, contact your physician.

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