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Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria are the most abundant microorganisms in Probiotic containing food products and supplements. The three live ingredients of Symbion™ (Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus subtilis and Enterococcus faecium) are Lactobacilli, which promote health. They turn lactose (milk sugar) into lactic acid, lowering the pH of the colon and inhibiting overgrowth of harmful bacteria (e.g., Clostridium, Salmonella, Shigella and E.coli).
Lactobacillus species, have been used in promoting health benefits throughout the world, for a variety of conditions supported by scientific studies (see Refs).

These include:
Improving health of the digestive tract
Increasing immune function
Decreasing cholesterol and lipid levels
Decreasing prevalence of vaginal infections.

Refs.
Rolfe R.D. The role of probiotic cultures in the control of gastrointestinal health.J.Nutr, 2000;130(2S);396S-402S
Hatakka K. et al. Effect of longterm consumption of probiotic milk on infection in children attending daycare centers; double blind randomised trial.BMJ.2001;332:1-5
Meydani S.et al. Immunologic effect of yogurt. Am J.Clin Nutr.2000;7:861-872.
Anderson et al. Effect of fermented milk(yogurt) containing Lactobacillus acidophilis L1 on serum cholesterol in hyper cholesterolemia in humans.

J Am.College of Nutr.1999;18:43-50
Hove et al. Lactic acid bacteria and the human gastrointestinal tract.Euro,JClin.Nutr.1999;53:339-350
Reid G. Probiotic agents to protect the urogenital tract against infection. Am.J.Clin.Nutr.200173(S);437S-443S
A role of Probiotics in defense against enteric pathogens, treatment of contaminated bowel syndrome, or re-constituting the intestinal flora after antibiotic use is conceptually sound (Gabriella et al 2001,Intestinal Microbiology,2001,2(1):27-42
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