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Transformation Enzymes – Featured Brand

TransformationEnzymesSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Since 1991, Transformation Enzyme Corporation, has been dedicated to developing and manufacturing high quality digestive enzyme and probiotic supplements in support of optimal health and vitality. Essential for life, enzymes are energy-rich protein molecules that catalyze and regulate chemical reactions and are a necessary component of all bodily processes. Digestive enzymes support the body’s ability to recognize, transport, absorb, and utilize nutrients from foods for energy production, cell growth and repair, and overall healthy function.

Transformation Enzymes’ innovative products are designed by nutritionists, biochemists, microbiologists, physicians, and dieticians who monitor and select the highest quality enzymes, herbs, and nutritional ingredients, and ensure formulas are based on up-to-date peer-reviewed scientific data. To assure maximum product quality, raw materials provide a high level of activity and a wide range of pH stability, while manufacturing processes exceed cGMP standards for excellence, safety and reliability. All products include proprietary enzymes for optimal bioavailability and contain no fillers or excipients. Product containers are BPA-free.

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Adrenal ComplexAdrenal Complex: Designed to nourish and support the adrenal glands, this formula provides specific vitamins and minerals essential for adrenal energy and hormone production, as well as concentrated adrenal suprarenal substance, and a proprietary enzyme blend for effective utilization. Non-allergenic formulation.

DigestDigest: This very concentrated enzyme formula provides digestive support for proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Digest is designed to help promote the bioavailability and absorption of nutrients, the health and vitality of cells, and improved overall digestive and immune health. Non-allergenic formulation.

PureZymePureZyme™: Designed to promote systemic balance, as well as healthy circulation, immunity and elimination, this gentle, well-tolerated GI and pH stable protease enzyme supplement provides natural support for maximum digestion of nutrients with additional support for protein digestion. Non-allergenic formulation.

ProbioticProbiotic: This proprietary probiotic blend is designed to enhance the ecological balance of friendly bacteria to help promote gastrointestinal health, assist with regularity, and support a healthy immune system. Each comprehensive capsule provides 5 billion cfu of six probiotic strands, plus prebiotic fiber, and lactoferrin for immune support. Non-allergenic formulation.

Is a Healthy Microbiome the Link to a Healthy Weight?

HealthMicrobiomeJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Established early in life, a healthy, balanced microbiome is associated with a strong immune system, a well-functioning digestive tract and properly regulated metabolism. Influenced by age, genetics, and medications, as well as dietary, environmental and geographic factors, disruptions in the body’s ecology contributes to dysbiosis, disease and, quite possibly, obesity. As the study of the microbiome continues to evolve, researchers are working to determine the precise roles of gut microflora, as it relates to leanness and obesity. It appears that the diversity of the microbiome may be the key to a healthy weight, as well as overall health.

Perhaps, along with a fiber-filled nutritious diet and proper amounts of exercise, enlisting or manipulating our “inner microbial army” may be the key to winning the fight against obesity. In response to the obesity epidemic, researchers have established a link between gut microbiota and body weight. While research is still in its early stages, studies have shown that the microbiota of obese individuals tends to be less diverse than those who are lean. Science has also shown that the composition of microbiota shifts with weight loss or weight gain, the significance of which may be considerable. Studies have found that when an obese person loses weight, their gut flora changes to a composition similar to the microbiome of leaner people.

Recent studies have focused on the link between gut microbes and conditions associated with obesity, such as inflammation and insulin resistance. This may lead to identification of the precise strains of bacteria associated with leanness, and a better understanding of which microbes may be targeted for interventions intended to aid weight loss or prevent weight gain. No easy task to be sure, however, we do know that administering antibiotics, which greatly disrupt microbial balance, can cause weight gain and increase appetite, as witnessed by the hefty amounts of antibiotics administered to farm animals to promote growth. The idea that this may have a similar and substantial effect on humans appears highly significant.

While beneficial bacteria alone may not win the battle against obesity, enriching the diet with pre- and probiotics aids colonization of beneficial organisms, which may create a healthy synergy between wellness and weight. A fundamental role of gut microbes is maintaining symbiosis to support immunity, physiological health, and the digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Additionally, probiotic support for a healthy, balanced microbiome may have implications for healthy aging, as bacteria in the gut decrease with age, negatively affecting immune strength and overall wellness. Certain neurochemicals produced in the gut affect not only digestion and elimination, but mood, anxiety, behavior, and emotions. Probiotics that support the microbiome, may positively influence psychological health and brain function, as well as physiological functions.

  • As there are many different strains of bacteria, it makes good sense to take a multi-species probiotic.
  • Some probiotics need refrigeration to maintain viability, others do not. Probiotics that do not need refrigeration are perfect for traveling or keeping on hand at work or school, or even by the bedside table. Taking probiotics in the evening is recommended.
  • Look for an acid protected probiotic to ensure bacteria survive the harsh stomach environment, as they make their way to colonize in the intestines.
  • Some probiotic supplements include a prebiotic that nourishes the bacteria and helps them survive.
  • Check labels for the list of all the strains included with the probiotic supplement and the number of colony forming units (cfu) they contain.
  • Check for storage requirements and a suggested use by date.
  • If you are having serious digestive health issues, speak with a healthcare provider before starting any supplement program.

Professional Supplement Center carries and many other high quality probiotic supplements to support your health and wellness goals:

ProBio SAP-90 (HEAT...ProBio SAP-90 by Nutritional Fundamentals for Health – ProBio SAP provides a compatible and complementary blend of 10 probiotic strains to address a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal health benefits. The enteric coated vegetable capsule is acid and bile resistant to ensure delivery of live flora to the intestines. One capsule supplies science-based, high dose multi-strain probiotics, plus prebiotics, to support a good balance of beneficial bacteria. Gluten, yeast and preservative free, Non-GMO formulation. Third party tested for impurities. Refrigeration required.

Broad Spectrum...Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript-Assist™ – This broad spectrum professional grade pre- and probiotic delivers a proprietary blend of 29 separate strains of beneficial bacteria in support of optimal gut health and normal microflora balance. No refrigeration necessary. Gluten and dairy free, vegan formulation.

Colon Support...Colon Support Probiotic by Probulin® – This shelf stable probiotic and prebiotic supplement provides 20 billion cfu of 12 highly concentrated probiotic strains, plus the prebiotic inulin, in support of microbial balance along with optimized digestive and colon health. Gluten, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Just Thrive...Just Thrive® Probiotic & Antioxidant by Just Thrive® – This one-of-a-kind proprietary probiotic blend provides strains naturally designed to survive the stomach and colonize the digestive tract, supporting favorable microbial balance. Additionally, the strain Bacillus indicus (HU36), has the ability to produce antioxidants, including CoQ10, alpha and beta carotenes, astaxanthin and zeaxanthin, upon colonization in the intestines. Gluten, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
How Gut Bacteria Help Make Us Fat and Thin. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-help-make-us-fat-and-thin/
Obesity and the Human Microbiome. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/714569_3
Are Antibiotics Making People Larger? http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/12/obesity-antibiotics-microbiome/421344/
Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/
Shekhar K. Challa, MD. Probiotics for Dummies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012.
When Gut Bacteria Changes Brain Function. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/06/gut-bacteria-on-the-brain/395918/

 

 

The Health Benefits of Probiotics

ProbioticBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

The root of the word probiotic comes from the Greek word pro, meaning “promoting” and biotic, meaning “life.”  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, provide a health benefit to the host,” by contributing to its intestinal microbial balance.  An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species of microflora inhabit every healthy bowel.  The majority of these are found in the colon and in smaller amounts in the stomach and small intestine.  Most of these are helpful in keeping pathogens in check, aiding digestion and nutrient absorption, and contributing to immune function.  However, harmful bacteria such as e. Coli and H. pylori can wreak havoc with digestive and immune health, sowing the seeds for inflammation and disease.  Maintaining  the correct balance of both healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the digestive system is necessary for optimal health.  Illness, medications, emotional stress, poor food choices and environmental influences can all upset that balance.

Our gastrointestinal tracts are colonized by our mothers during birth and by the surrounding environment immediately after birth.  Bifidobacteria, which make up approximately 90% of the healthy bacteria in the colon, appear in the intestinal tract within days of birth especially in breastfed infants.  It takes up to one month for babies born vaginally to establish their intestinal microflora.  By contrast, babies born by caesarean section may take up to six months to populate their own unique strains.  As it turns out, babies attract microbes much as magnets attract metal.  Over the first two to three years of life, babies’ microbes grow in concert with immune system development, learning to recognize and tolerate friendly bacteria and to respond to pathogens in defense of disease.

Each adult carries two to five pounds of bacteria.  Scientists have discovered that each person’s collection of microbes is different from the next person’s.  This may help to explain why some individuals are susceptible to certain infectious diseases and while others are not.  Imbalances of intestinal flora are thought to contribute to chronic diseases and conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, allergies and asthma, autoimmune disorders and possibly obesity.

When the digestive tract is healthy and balanced, it filters and eliminates toxins, harmful pathogens, and chemicals.  It absorbs the nutrients from food and water and delivers them to our cells.  Intestinal bacteria require nourishment.  Evidence indicates that beneficial bugs prefer nutrients called prebiotics, found primarily in high-fiber foods including greens, onions, and garlic.   Harmful bacteria, on the other hand, prefer the sugars and fats found in processed foods.  There are strong indications that a low-fiber, high-fat diet results in more harmful gut microbes and that an unhealthy balance of microflora is increasingly associated with a range of health problems including cancer, colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Broad-spectrum antibiotics that we take to destroy pathogens also kill good bacteria, disrupting the overall balance in our systems.  Antibiotics can cause associated diarrhea by directly irritating the bowel, changing the levels of gut microbes and allowing pathogenic bacteria to flourish.   In addition to digestive problems, a reduction of beneficial bacteria can lead to yeast and urinary tract infections.  The overuse of antibiotics can have a harmful effect by increasing the amount of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can make illnesses difficult to treat.   It’s not helpful to your digestive or immune systems to take antibiotics for viral infections.  It’s best to avoid antibiotics unless really necessary to combat bacterial infections.

By eating certain foods and taking supplements that contain live probiotic cultures, you can help tip the balance of good intestinal flora.  The many types of probiotics all have different functions.  If you have a specific health goal in mind, you’ll need to ingest the correct strain.  For example:

  • Bacillus coagulans may improve abdominal pain and bloating associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Lactobaccillus acidophilus is thought to reduce the side effects of antibiotic therapy and may reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance.
  • Saccharomyces boulardi shows good evidence in treatment and prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
  • Lactobacillus reuteri is believed to be helpful in reducing abdominal pain in children and decreasing distress associated with infantile colic.
  • Lactobaccillus johnsonii may reduce incidence of H. pylori-caused gastritis and may reduce inflammation.
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum shows evidence for reduced C. difficile-associated disease, the most serious cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

Probiotics, such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, can be found in dietary supplements, yogurt and other cultured daily products such as buttermilk and kefir, and fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi (fermented vegetables) and tempeh (fermented soybeans).  Prebiotics containing inulin, fructooligosaccarides, and arabinogalactan can be found in whole grain breads and cereals, bananas, honey, artichokes, fortified foods and beverages in addition to  dietary supplements.  Although benefits vary, depending on the type and amount of a pre- or probiotic consumed, experts agree that daily consumption of these functional components is beneficial to good health and well being.

Top selling Pre- and Probiotics: 

UltraFlora Balance by Metagenics  –  This nutraceutical product is formulated to promote gastrointestinal and immune health.  In addition to supporting intestinal integrity and healthy digestive function, this formula provides prebiotic food to support the growth of helpful bacteria.  Contains a 50:50 blend of 15 billion live organisms, lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium.  Heat sensitive product.  Gluten and dairy free.

Ortho Biotic by Ortho Molecular  –  Contains carefully assembled strains of probiotic organisms to maximize the environment for strains already in the intestinal tract including lactobacillus, bifidobacterium and saccaromyces boulardi.  Refrigeration not necessary.

Pre-Flora Concentrate Probiotic Pearls by Integrative Therapeutics  –  Active live cultures supply relief from occasional gas, bloating, constipation, sensitive stomach and lactose intolerance.  Provides strains of lactobaccillus and bifobacterium in a proprietary blend of 1 billion CFU.  No artificial coloring or flavoring, corn, preservatives, sugar, wheat or yeast.  Refrigeration not necessary.

Probiotic Extra Strength – 10 billion by Metabolic Maintenance  –  Probiotic ES combines five strains of active probiotic cultures (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei rhamnosus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium longum, and Bifobacterium bifidum).  This product is fortified with fructooligosaccharides, designed to further enhance its beneficial effects in the lower bowel.  This superior formula provides 10 billion live units per capsule, designed for more advanced probiotic requriements.  This product is a guaranteed active probiotic.  Heat sensitive product.  Refrigeration necessary.

Multi-Probiotic 15 Billion by Douglas Laboratories  –  Contains over 15 billion beneficial organisms from lactobacillus and bifidobacterium genera with additional benefits of prebiotic fructooligosaccharides.  Multi-Probiotic 15 Billion capsules may be a useful dietary supplement for those who wish to support their intestinal microflora with potent amounts of beneficial microorganisms.  No yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, corn, sodium, starch, artificial coloring, preservatives or flavoring.  Refrigerate after opening.

Buddy Bear Probiotic by Advanced Naturals  –  Buddy Bear Probiotic is a natural probiotic supplement formulated for children aged 2 and older.  Each easy-to-chew bear tablet contains bifidobacteria and lactobacillus acidophilus cultures to help support digestive and immune health,  and fructooligosaccharide (FOS) to nourish the beneficial flora.  Natural orange flavor.  May contains traces of milk protein.