Kibow® Flora – Supports The Immune System and Promotes Intestinal Health

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Our body is host to trillions of microbes. We have them in and in our body including the skin, nose, and mouth with the highest number being in our gut or the large intestine/colon. The microbes in our gut are known as the gut flora. The majority of these microorganisms are bacteria, with a small percentage consisting of fungi and protozoa. The relation between the gut microbiota and human health is being increasingly recognized. Good health is associated with a healthy gut which, in turn, means having a good microbial population in our colon. The colon has about 80% of good bacteria which can be termed as the essential flora. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria are the two main groups which constitute the good bacteria in our gut. This essential flora is varied in nature and it controls the other types of less desirable microorganisms called pathogens which cause disease.

The essential gut flora has multiple functions to perform in the gut. They digest plant fibers, synthesize many different vitamins, and of late have been recognized in having a very important role to play in our immune health.

Several factors play a role in shaping a normal healthy gut flora. They include mode of delivery, diet during infancy and adulthood, and use of antibiotics and similar molecules.

A healthy gut is like a rich rainforest which is lush in its vegetation. A large number of reasons lead to a depreciation of this richness. The natural process of aging, usage of antibiotics, and the popular westernized diet leads to a havoc of this microbial balance. As a result, the richness decreases. The good bacterial population goes down in numbers and their space is taken up by the bad/ pathogenic bacteria. The gut now looks like an arid desert with thorny cacti. This imbalance is called gut dysbiosis. The immune system and our ability to ward off infections diminish and we become susceptible to various diseases.

How do we address this issue?

It has been estimated that approximately 80 – 85% of the immune system is located in the gut. So, if we can restore the gut balance by repopulating the good bacteria, the gut can become healthy again. These good or beneficial bacteria which can be supplemented are termed as probiotics.

Kibow Flora is a probiotic dietary supplement made up of six highly documented, and clinically studied strains of probiotic bacteria. The strains found in Kibow Flora restore a healthy gut microbial balance, and support healthy immune function.

Applications

  1. Healthy adults and elderly to strengthen the body’s natural defense
  2. Reduce risk of antibiotic associated Diarrhea
  3. Reduce symptoms of allergies
  4. Protect from cold/flu by boosting immunity.
  5. In children for immune modulation.
  6. Diarrhea due to infection from rotavirus and others
  7. Improve the composition of the intestinal microbiota

Kibow® Flora – Product Information Sheet

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Introduction to Kibow Flora

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If you’re looking for a probiotic supplement that offers the perfect combination of quality, efficacy, and price, look no further than Kibow Flora. Kibow Flora is Kibow Biotech’s spin on the “general health” probiotic supplement. We’ve spent years researching strains from around the globe to formulate one incredible supplement. Kibow Flora consists of 6 proprietary strains of common probiotic bacteria that have been selected due to their high performance in various laboratory tests. The strains are well documented and GRAS (generally regarded as safe) certified, the strains are Lactobacillus paracasei (KB-9), Lactobacillus plantarum (KB-71), Lactobacillus rhamnosus (KB-66), Lactobacillus acidophilus (KB-27), Bifidobacterium lactis (KB-63), and Streptococcus thermophilus (KB-19). Kibow Flora contains 30 Billion colony forming units (CFUs) in each capsule, and the recommended dosage is one capsule twice daily with a meal. So if you’re looking for natural ways to boost the immune system and digestive function, look no further than Kibow Flora. Our probiotic formulation is protected by acid resistant, vegetarian capsules, which ensure that our microbes make it into your gut and begin promoting intestinal health from the first dose!

Strain Breakdown

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Lactobacillus Casei (KB-9)

Lactobacillus Casei(L. casei)  is found naturally in dairy foods like “live yogurt.” L. casei’s claim to fame is its ability to modulate the immune system. An article written in Microbiology and Immunology showed L. casei was the most potent protective probiotic bacteria against Listeria bacteria¹. Listeria infections are potentially lethal with 30% of each infection ending in death. L. casei’s ability to modulate the immune system has been the subject of many papers and studies testing its efficacy in cancer. It is also featured in a probiotic drink which has been shown to reduce the severity of constipation.

¹ Sato, Katsumasa, Hajime Saito, Haruaki Tomioka, and Teruo Yokokura. “Enhancement of Host Resistance AgainstListeriaInfection ByLactobacillus Casei: Efficacy of Cell Wall Preparation OfLactobacillus Casei.” Microbiology and Immunology 32.12 (1988): 1189-200.

Lactobacillus Plantarum (KB-71),

Lactobacillus Plantarum(L.plantarum) is the most prevalent species in most naturally fermented foods. It is an important player in antimicrobial defense and is effective against both extra and intracellular pathogens. Its ability to digest semi-digestible fibers may serve to help digestive problems like gas and bloating. Recent research shows that L. plantarum has the ability to break down bile acids and lower cholesterol[1]. L. plantarum has also been studied. L. plantarum was put to the test to see how well it could reduce symptoms in those with IBD. In this particular study, the probiotic was found to reduce abdominal pain and bloating. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3419998/)

[1] J Biomed Biotechnol. 2004;2004(1):61-69. Microencapsulated Genetically Engineered Lactobacillus plantarum 80 (pCBH1) for Bile Acid Deconjugation and Its Implication in lowering cholesterol. Jones ML, Chen H, Ouyang W, Metz T, Prakash S.

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (KB-66)

Lactobacillus rhamnosus (KB-66), was originally believed that L. rhamnosus was a subspecies of L. casei, but after further genetic analysis scientists concluded it is its own species. L. rhamnosus is a probiotic bacterium that has been receiving a growing amount of attention and research backing for its use as a treatment for many illnesses in the form of the GG strain, particularly for infectious and allergic conditions. Many people use strains of L. rhamnosus for vaginal infections, more particularly bacterial vaginosis. This strain of bacteria is naturally found in the healthy female genito-urinary tract. It is also used in various yogurts, un-pasteurized milk, and semi-hard cheese.

Avlami A, Kordossis T, Vrizidis N, Sipsas NV (2001). “Lactobacillus rhamnosus endocarditis complicating colonoscopy”. J. Infect. 42 (4): 283–5. doi:10.1053/jinf.2001.0793PMID 11545575.

Lactobacillus acidophilus (KB-27)

Lactobacillus acidophilus (KB-27)  L. acidophilus is the most prevalent bacteria in the human intestine and also the most widely studied probiotic bacteria with research. The best researched single strain of acidophilus, the DDS-1 strain has been shown to stimulate the immune system, increasing levels of interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1 alpha) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) which suppress cancerous tumor growth[2].

[1] Appl Microbiol. 2004;97(1):29-37. Effect of Bifidobacterium longum ingestion on experimental salmonellosis in mice. Silva AM, Barbosa FH, Duarte R, Vieira LQ, Arantes RM, Nicoli JR. Departmento de Microbiologia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

[2] Nutr Cancer. 1997;28(2):130-4. Nonlipopolysaccharide component(s) of Lactobacilius acidophilus stimulate(s) the production of interleukin-1 alpha and tumor necrosis factor-alpha by murine macrophages. Rangavajhyala N, Shahani KM, Sridevi G, Srikumaran S. Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 68583, USA.

Streptococcus thermophilus (KB-19)

Streptococcus thermophilus (KB-19)S. thermophilus has been shown to aid recovery from malnutrition due to short-term fasting and reduce the associated intestinal atrophy in animal studies[1]. S. thermophilus is also known to have powerful antioxidant activity, protecting the body from dangerous free radicals which increase in the body due to aging, stress, sugar, antibiotics and other chemicals and toxins. It has also been shown to have anti-tumor activity which is especially effective against colon cancer cells.

[1] Nutrition. 2004 May;20(5):473-6. Probiotics enhance recovery from malnutrition and lessen colonic mucosal atrophy after short-term fasting in rats. Dock DB, Latorraca MQ, Aguilar-Nascimento JE, Gomes-da-Silva MH. Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Cuiaba, Brazil.

Bifidobacterium lactis(KB-63)

Bifidobacterium lactis(KB-63)

According to medlineplus.gov, bifidobacteria are possibly effective for relieving constipation, IBS symptoms, diarrhea, and some symptoms of Ulcerative colitis. In lung infections, there is some research that suggests taking bifidobacteria can decrease the amount of antibiotics needed in children. It also showed that it shortened how long children have symptoms of the infection, and decreased recovery time. Some studies have found that using bifidobacteria can relieve diarrhea caused by antibiotics, although more studies need to be conducted to confirm.

(https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/891.html)

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