What Is Saccharomyces Boulardii?
Saccharomyces boulardii (pronounced sack-row-my-as-ees bull-ar-dee) is a probiotic yeast first isolated from lychee and mangosteen fruit in 1923. The fruit was reportedly eaten by the natives of south easy Asia as a treatment for cholera.
Saccharomyces boulardii has been repeatedly studied and has been shown to be non pathogenic, non systemic (it remains in the gut rather than going into circulation) and grows well at a temperature of 37C -the human body temperature.
Saccharomyces boulardii appears to be able to prevent certain kinds of pathogenic bacteria from being able to bind to cells the gut and allowing them to cause symptoms of illness. Saccharomyces boulardii is able to bind to certain strains of bacteria though it's sticky mannose receptors on its surface. The bound bacteria and Saccharomyces boulardii is then passed in the next bowel movement.
Numerous clinical trials have shown that Saccharomyces boulardii can assist with acute diarrhoea, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In addition Saccharomyces boulardii can provide anti inflammatory, anti toxin and antimicrobial effects in the gut. Saccharomyces boulardii may also increase IGA secretion in the intestine, leading to increased immunity to invading microbes.
How much Saccharomyces Boulardii should I Take?
The recommended serving size is 2 capsules per day, which provides 10 billion CFU. For increased synergy we recommend taking NOW Foods GR8Dophilus. Please note Saccharomyces boulardii does not require refrigeration due growth at higher temperatures than most probiotics.