The relationship between bacteria, digestive function and general health is complex, to say the least. One connection that is more apparent than others is the importance of the gut microbiome for a healthy and balanced immune system. Not only does the digestive tract lining act as the first line of defense against pathogenic microbes, but it is also home to many different types of immune cells and is an important regulator of these cells. Perhaps this is why certain probiotic strains have been proven to positively impact duration and intensity of cold and flu-like symptoms in adults. The key is that specific strains have unique properties and capabilities.
Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM (La-NCFM), Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis (Bi-07) and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis (BL-04) are three extremely well-studied probiotic strains with multiple human clinical trials individually, in combination together and with other unique probiotic strains.
One noteworthy trial compared the combination of La-NCFM and Bi-07 to a placebo intervention in children aged 3-5 years old for a period of 6 months to determine its effectiveness in preventing cold and flu symptoms. At the end of the study, it was found that the probiotic group had 73% reduced fever incidence, 62% reduced coughing incidence, 84% less use of antibiotics and 28% reduction in days absent from childcare. Another trial showed that Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 on its own has significantly improved the phagocytic activity of monocytes and granulocytes when compared to placebo after just 3 weeks. Finally, Bifido BL-04 has been shown independently to reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract infections in physically active adults by 27%, while also delaying the average time until illness by almost 1 month. Clearly, these probiotic strains offer some level of synergistic benefits when it comes to immune function in both children and adults.
Although these findings are significant, these strains are also capable of much more beyond their immune benefits. For example, La-NCFM has also been shown to reduce oral candida counts, increase bifidobacterium and lactobacillus counts, and improve irritable bowel syndrome markers on its own, while Bi-07 has effectively been shown to improve constipation and white blood cell function as a stand alone therapy.
Flora-Matrix Immune provides 7 billion CFU’s per capsule of the three evidence-based strains, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. Bi-07 and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. BL-04 with 100mg of additional vitamin C per capsule. Flora-Matrix Immune is designed to reduce the duration and the risk of developing upper respiratory tract illnesses in physically active adults and may improve the immune response time following oral vaccinations. Available in blister pack boxes containing 60 vegetable capsules per box. Flora-Matrix Immune is shelf-stable and free of gluten, soy and dairy.
Flora-Matrix Immune belongs to the family of Flora-Matrix probiotics, each containing specialized strains for targeted results. Each Flora-Matrix probiotic contains unique strains with distinct activity and health benefits. These strains are individually selected and they are well-studied at validated dosages, ensuring focused clinical results without the need for excessive colony-forming units.
|Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis Bi-07||2.5 billion CFU|
|Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis BL-04||2 billion CFU|
|Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM||2.5 billion CFU|
|Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)||100mg|
Unit of Measure above: Each capsule
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Acacia (Fibregum™), vegetable-grade magnesium stearate, monopotassium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, trehalose, sucrose. Capsule: hypromellose.
Indications: Source of probiotics. Helps support gastrointestinal health and promote favourable gut flora. Reduces the duration and the risk of developing upper-respiratory tract illness in physically active adults. May increase immune response time following oral vaccination.
Directions: Adults - Take one 1 capsule per day at least 2-3 hours before or after antibiotics or as directed by a healthcare professional. Children 4-9: Take 1 capsule, 2 times per day at least 2-3 hours before or after antibiotics or as directed by a healthcare professional. Adolescents 10-18: Take 1 capsule per day at least 2-3 hours before or after antibiotics or as directed by a healthcare professional.
Contraindications: Do not use this product if you have an immune-compromised condition (e.g. AIDS, lymphoma, patients undergoing long-term corticosteroid treatment). Do not use this product if you are taking Tetracycline.
Warnings: Do not use if safety seal is broken. Consult a healthcare professional prior to use especially if you have a fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhoea or severe abdominal pain. Stop use and consult a healthcare professional if symptoms of digestive upset (e.g. diarrhea) occur, worsen and/or persists beyond 3 days.