bacteria from stomach acids and delivers them to the intestines safely
ACCORDING to the World Health
Organization, probiotics are "live microorganisms which when administered in
adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host".
Probiotics help intestinal bacteria perform their tasks more efficiently.
They take over when your intestinal bacteria have too much work, or are
weakened, or even destroyed by antibiotics, stress and poor nutrition.
There are as many as 100 trillion bacteria belonging to more than 400
species in the intestines. Probiotics aid digestion through the production
of enzymes, and help fortify the population of good bacteria in the
intestine, which promotes a healthy balance of microflora, allowing it to
assume its functions in the digestive and immune systems.
No two probiotics formulas produce the same results. The benefits observed
clinically among probiotics vary according to the manner in which those
bacteria are prepared and protected, and according to the strains used.
Nutriforte Lactoghurt uses a unique dual-coated system to ensure the
bacteria reach the intestines alive and in good condition to exert its
Probiotic bacteria are living organisms which are sensitive to environmental
exposure and their viability is easily affected during processing, storage
In traditional probiotic products, a large number of bacteria are killed
before they reach the intestines. The transition period in the stomach at pH
2-4, which can take up to two hours, often kill more than 90% of the live
bacteria, unless the bacteria is protected.
Nutriforte Lactoghurt uses a dual-coating technology called Duolac to ensure
the probiotics reach the intestines alive and in good condition to exert its
Duolac is the name given to lactic acid bacteria that are dual-coated with
proteins and polysaccharides to protect them against gastric acids and bile
salts. This dual-coating technology is patented in the European Union, Japan
The protein/peptide layer protects the bacteria throughout ingestion, so
they reach the intestines alive and in good condition to colonise and
proliferate. The polysaccharide layer increases stability during manufacture
and shelf life of the product.
First generation (non-coated) probiotics are unable to survive stomach acids
and thus not much effect is expected in the intestines.
Most second generation (enteric-coated) probiotics are treated with a
polymer of acrylic acid, a synthetic chemical. This coating agent is allowed
only for pharmaceutical products in many countries and is not suitable for
food-grade probiotics as it may cause side effects.
Third generation (micro-encapsulated) probiotics may protect bacteria from
gastric juice to a certain extent, but the coating is not fully dissolved,
especially for those with relatively short gastrointestinal tract (children)
or those with fast digestion.
Bacteria with this coating tend to pass through the intestines and are
excreted in the faeces, giving little or no benefits.