Vita Biosa isn't just your regular probiotic tonic... Here's why it's so special.

Vita Biosa isn't just your regular probiotic tonic... Here's why it's so special.

Written by Team Biosa

The digestive system is the gateway to the body for most of the chemicals and compounds that we either want to take in (to nourish us) or keep out (because they are pathogens of harmful chemicals). So, it’s fair to say that the health of the digestive system affects the health of the whole body and that, as a result, ‘gut-health’ is a hot topic for good reason.

Why Vita Biosa?

Vita Biosa is a unique combination of pre-, pro-, and post-biotics. That’s a fancy way of saying that it has beneficial bacteria to help your gut and overall health (probiotics), along with the foods that they feed on (prebiotics). It also has beneficial substrates (fuels) that these beneficial bacteria produce (post-biotics) such as short-chain fatty acids that help to improve your gut health, along with providing a readily usable fuel for your body (and brain!).

Unlike other probiotics that might contain a few strains of beneficial bacteria, and sometimes prebiotics to aid their efficacy, Vita Biosa provides a complex ecosystem of live, active probiotics.

Think of it this way, imagine parachuting into the desert with a few ration packs, versus taking an air-conditioned, fully serviced flight, direct to a self-sustaining resort…that’s the difference.

Vita Biosa contains:

  • Around 3 billion CFU of eight strains of live, active, lactic acid bacteria per serving (Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactococcus lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus)

  • Prebiotics to fuel the beneficial bacteria in Vita Biosa and in your gut!

  • Lactic acid and acetic acid which helps to preserve the best pH (acidity level) for the beneficial bacteria to thrive, while inhibiting pathogens (‘bad bugs’!)

  • These organic acids also provide a valuable fuel for other beneficial bacteria in the gut, as well as providing fuel to the cells of the gut lining and to your entire body and brain!

  • 19 organic herbs to help reduce inflammation and improve gut-health, as well as providing additional nutrients

Why probiotics?

The health of the gut is becoming recognised as one of the keys to health. Overall, probiotics can help to support the immune, gastrointestinal, and reproductive systems. Reviews of the scientific literature show many specific benefits from probiotic supplementation, including reduced body fat, improved insulin sensitivity, reduced blood glucose, improved blood lipid profiles and hypertension, reductions in inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, reduced eczema, reduced anxiety in chronic fatigue patients (L. casei), and reductions in depression and anxiety overall. Limited evidence suggests that probiotic therapy might also help reduce the effects of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Interestingly synbiotic therapies (combinations of pro-, pre-, and post-biotics, like those found in Vita Biosa) are thought to be the most effective treatment (when compared to pre- or probiotics alone) for reducing post-operative complications of surgery. And while probiotics are likely to be effective for the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis, synbiotics combining pre- and probiotics, are more likely to be effective in Crohn’s disease.

Why prebiotics?

Prebiotics are mainly ‘resistant’ starches and fibers. They are so-called because they resist digestion in the gastrointestinal tract and are instead used by the beneficial bacteria in the gut. This helps the ‘good’ bacteria to proliferate and colonise the gut. To put it simply, without food, the good bugs can’t survive! The use of these foods by beneficial bacteria in the gut results in the creation of ‘post biotic’ compounds too. These are short-chain fatty acids (SFAs) which can be used by cells of the gut, other beneficial bacteria…and if they escape being ‘eaten’ by those, can enter the body, and provide a clean-burning fuel that can be used effectively by almost all tissue in the body, and which is easily converted into beneficial ‘ketone’ body fuels. A great example of the effectiveness of these short-chain fats is that they provide most of the fuel for our closest relatives amongst the great apes. Gorillas, for example, derive the vast majority of their calories from these short chain fats which are produced in the gut, which in the case of these apes is a veritable power-house of voracious, fiber consuming bacteria!

Conclusion

Vita Biosa is more than just prebiotics and more than just probiotics! It’s a complete, living, active ecosystem of health-promoting herbs, cellular fuels, organic acids, and a range of the most beneficial bacteria for the gut and overall health.

 

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