How probiotics are named

How probiotics are named

The Bioxyne Team

Alona Kraft

There are over 120 different species of Lactobacillus. The most famous ones are Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus fermentum. (We italicise their names as a scientific convention, for some reason).

In each species there are thousands of individual members referred to as “strains”. A bacterial strain has its strain name after the species name. So, Bioxyne’s probiotic is a strain of the Lactobacillus fermentum species. The strain is VRI-003, so its full name is Lactobacillus fermentum VRI-003.

To understand the relationship between a species and its strains, think about us humans. All seven billion of us on Earth are members of the Homo sapiens species. But we are all individually different, and are good at different things. The same is true with Lactobacillus acidophilus, and all the other Lactobacillus species. Some are really good for our health, and some aren’t. Just because you are a human doesn’t mean you can paint like Vincent van Gogh, or sing like Adele, or dance like Fred Astaire, right? Individual members of the human species have different talents and abilities. So it is with probiotics.

You can’t tell what the talents of a probiotic bacterial strain are by looking at it (under a microscope). Scientists have to test them in the lab and in people, before they can know whether they are going to be useful for health, or not. Many are useless. However, some are very useful.

Can it do the job? Checking the resume of a probiotic

In applying for a job, people prepare a resume. You wouldn’t employ someone who just walked in off the street without interviewing them or looking at their resume to see if they had the right qualifications or experience first, would you? Similarly, you shouldn’t buy a probiotic product without checking out the resume of the bacteria first.

Here are the things you should look for on a probiotic’s resume:

  • Name: What is the species and strain name? If it doesn’t have a strain name, you don’t know which of the thousands of possible members of that species are in the bottle
  • Where it comes from: For human health you want to have a probiotic that comes from a human (rather than from a cow or a plant) 
  • How it performs under stress: Look for evidence that it can get through the stomach acid and bile,and remain alive and kicking
  • It doesn’t have a criminal record: Check that it doesn’t cause disease when consumed
  • Has a track record and list of achievements:
    • Sticks to the walls of the intestinal tract
    • Is able to get rid of“bad” bacteria in the GI tract
    • Is able to demonstrate its health benefit credentials in clinical trials

Bioxyne’s patented probiotic Lactobacillus fermentum VRI-003 (or PCC® for short – PCC® stands for patented clinical culture) meets all these criteria – see the resume below.

That’s why we have selected PCC® as the key ingredient in our range of PCC® products for gastrointestinal and immune health.

This was part two of a four-part series about what probiotics are and why they’re good for you. Next up is ‘How probiotics work’, followed by ‘How to take your probiotics’.

Read part one: What are probiotics?

Resume´ 

Name: Lactobacillus fermentum VRI-003

Nickname: PCC®

Origin: A human with robust gastrointestinal health

Career Objective: To boost gut and immune health of adults and infants through daily dosing of clinically trialled doses of PCC®.

Qualifications:

University of New South Wales:

  • Certificate of High Survival in Stomach Acid and Bile
  • Certificate of Inhibition of Gastrointestinal Pathogens
  • Certificate of Binding to the Intestinal tract

Previous Experience in Humans:

2005: Clinical trial of PCC® showing improvement in symptoms of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in infants

2008: Clinical trial of PCC® showing reduction in symptoms of respiratory tract infections in elite male athletes

2009: Clinical trial of PCC® showing boost in the immune response to the flu vaccine

2011: Clinical trial of PCC® showing reduction in symptoms of respiratory tract infections in elite male athletes

All of these trials confirmed that PCC® is safe for children and adults

Current Experience in Humans:

2016- present: Clinical trial of effect of PCC® on the gut microbiome of healthy adults

Current Employment:

  • Bioxyne Limited. Active ingredient in:
    • proTract® for Atopic Dermatitis
    • Progastrim® for gut health, and
    • Progastrim® + Vitamin C for colds
  • Pharmanex (NuSkin). Active ingredient in:
    • ProBioPCC

Contact details:

www.bioxyne.com

Referee

Dr Peter French, Director of Science, Bioxyne Limited, Sydney

 

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Hay fever and PCC®

Hay fever and PCC®

The Bioxyne Team


Olia Gozha

With Spring on the way, while most of us look forward to warmer weather and longer days, those of us who suffer from severe symptoms of hay fever are less excited. Many dread the onset of itchy eyes, runny noses and constant sneezing. Some turn to over the counter drugs to dry up their symptoms. But there may be a better way.

With the increased knowledge that out gut microbiome is critical for a range of health conditions, including our immune system, researchers have focused on the use of probiotics – good bacteria – to assist with our gut and immune health. And now there is evidence that probiotics could alleviate the symptoms of hay fever. There are at least 18 studies that show that some probiotics can produce a significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life in hay fever sufferers. How they do this appears to be by boosting what is called the Th1 immune response.

A clinical study on babies with moderate to severe eczema, which, like hay fever is a response to an environmental allergen, showed that Bioxyne’s probiotic, called PCC® (A Lactobacillus strain) boosted the Th1 immune response and significantly improved the symptoms of eczema in comparison to a placebo control.

PCC® therefore is likely to have a similar effect on hay fever symptoms. And it has been shown to boost gut health as well! You don’t get that benefit with the OTC hay fever drugs!

 

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How to take your probiotics

How to take your probiotics

The Bioxyne Team

Dominik Martin

It’s simple. The PCC® in Bioxyne’s products is freeze dried – which means that all you need to do to bring it back to life is to swallow it with plenty of water. 

For proTract for infants with atopic dermatitis, just open a capsule and sprinkle it onto your infant’s drink (if it’s a warm drink, add the probiotic after you have warmed it up).

For adults, you can take one Progastrim® or Progastrim®+Vitamin C capsule with a glass of water every day.

If you are taking antibiotics, wait at least two hours after your antibiotic dose before consuming PCC® in either Progastrim® or proTract products.

This was part four of a four-part series about what probiotics are and why they’re good for you.

Part one: What are probiotics?

Part two: How probiotics are named

Part three: How probiotics work and why they’re good for you

 

 

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How probiotics work and why they’re good for us

How probiotics work and why they’re good for us

The Bioxyne Team

Christopher Campbell

Scientists now understand that the health of our gastrointestinal (GI) tract is vital to our health generally. Scientific studies have demonstrated that probiotics can directly influence our health primarily through their effects on the GI tract. These effects include:

  • helping to maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microbes,
  • preventing pathogenic microbes from inhabiting the intestinal tract,
  • boosting the general immune response through stimulating important immune areas located in the intestinal tract,
  • maintaining the health of the intestinal wall to stop bacteria getting through it and causing disease,
  • inhibiting cancer-associated enzymatic activity, and
  • nurturing the intestine’s ability to absorb healthy nutrients.

The health benefits of probiotics

Foods fermented by probiotic bacteria (think kimchee, yoghurt, sauerkraut) have for centuries been revered as health-giving, but it’s only in the last few decades that scientists have begun to compile solid scientific data that supports the association between probiotics and good health.

Have a look at the graph below to see the growth in scientific research on probiotics in the past 20 years.

(Source: NCBI PubMed)

While the association between gastrointestinal health and probiotics has been widely accepted, more recently we’re seeing a clear association between probiotics and immune health.

It’s important to note that unless a probiotic strain has been tested, we don’t really know if it has any health benefits.

Bioxyne’s probiotic PCC® has been scientifically and clinically tested in Australia. Through double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, PCC® has demonstrated clinical efficacy in:

  • reducing the incidence and severity of respiratory infections (colds) in infants and adults
  • reducing the symptoms of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (eczema) in infants
  • boosting the effectiveness of the FluVax (flu vaccinations)
  • improving bowel function in adults.

This was part three of a four-part series about what probiotics are and why they’re good for you. Next up is ‘How to take your probiotics’.

Part one: What are probiotics

Part two: How probiotics are named

Resume´

Name: Lactobacillus fermentum VRI-003

Nickname: PCC®

Origin: A human with robust gastrointestinal health

Career Objective: To boost gut and immune health of adults and infants through daily dosing of clinically trialled doses of PCC®.

Qualifications:

University of New South Wales:

  • Certificate of High Survival in Stomach Acid and Bile
  • Certificate of Inhibition of Gastrointestinal Pathogens
  • Certificate of Binding to the Intestinal tract

Previous Experience in Humans:

2005: Clinical trial of PCC® showing improvement in symptoms of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in infants

2008: Clinical trial of PCC® showing reduction in symptoms of respiratory tract infections in elite male athletes

2009: Clinical trial of PCC® showing boost in the immune response to the flu vaccine

2011: Clinical trial of PCC® showing reduction in symptoms of respiratory tract infections in elite male athletes

All of these trials confirmed that PCC® is safe for children and adults

Current Experience in Humans:

2016- present: Clinical trial of effect of PCC® on the gut microbiome of healthy adults

Current Employment:

  • Bioxyne Limited. Active ingredient in:
    • proTract® for Atopic Dermatitis
    • Progastrim® for gut health, and
    • Progastrim® + Vitamin C for colds
  • Pharmanex (NuSkin). Active ingredient in:
    • ProBioPCC

Contact details:

www.bioxyne.com

Referee

Dr Peter French, Director of Science, Bioxyne Limited, Sydney

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