Bluebonnet Nutrition Milk-Free Probiotic Acidophilus Plus FOS - 100 Vcaps
Bluebonnet’s Milk-Free Probiotic Acidophilus Plus FOS Vcaps provide over three billion viable, healthy microorganisms per capsule. Bluebonnet Nutrition's Milk-Free Probiotic Acidophilus Plus FOS formula is specially formulated with lactobacillus acidophilus (1 billion), lactobacillus bulgaricus (1 billion), and bifidobacterium (bifidum & longum, 1 billion) in a unique 100 mg base of FOS (fructooligosaccharides). FOS is a unique carbohydrate from Jerusalem Artichoke flour. Bluebonnet Nutrition's Milk-Free Probiotic Acidophilus Plus FOS is designed to help promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Bluebonnet Nutrition's Milk-Free Probiotic Acidophilus Plus FOS is available in easy-to-swallow vegetable capsules for maximum assimilation and absorption.
According to an expert evaluation by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2001, probiotics are characterized as “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” Probiotic bacterium, such as lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus bulgaricus and bifidobacterium favorably alter the intestinal microflora balance in the body, aiding in the digestion of foods and enhancing immune health. Lactobacilli and bifidobacterium are non-pathogenic microorganisms that maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora by producing organic compounds, such as lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid that tend to lower the pH of the intestines.
Healthy microbes like probiotics colonize in the GI tract and are important components of the immune system. In fact, they serve to prime or stimulate the immune system. There are many different strains of healthy microbes; however, L. bulgaricus, the champion of the transient flora, intensifies the growth and helpful activity of L. acidophilus and B. bifidum. L. bulgaricus also sweeps metabolic waste and chemical toxins out of the intestines. L. acidophilus helps to maintain the healthy environment of the small intestines, while B. bifidum helps to maintain the healthy environment of the large intestines.
FOS (fructooligosaccharides) is known as a “prebiotic,” a term used to describe a substance that is conducive to the formation of life. It is a short-chain, nondigestible oligosaccharide, which provides a food source for the healthy growth of favorable bacteria in the intestines which leads to the production of short chain fatty acids. These short chain fatty acids tend to lower intestinal pH and is more conductive to mineral absorption.
The daily amount of probiotics that is supported by research for maintaining intestinal health,Êranges from 3 to 10 billion. Higher dosages (10 to 50 billion) may be useful for individuals with food sensitivities, on prescription medications and/orÊsuffer from poor intestinal health. Furthermore, refrigeration of most probiotics is required to maintain the integrity and potency of the probiotic; except those that are labeled “shelf-stable.”
Digestion starts the moment food comes in contact with the mouth and mixes with salivary amylase, which starts to digest carbohydrates. The more one chews, the more the smaller food particles are coated with digestive enzymes. As those food particles make their way down the digestive tract, digestive enzymes along the way break down the food into important nutrients the body needs to survive and work at its optimal level. As humans age, particularly after 50, they tend to have lower levels of HCl and decreased enzyme secretion. Yet, the need to eat, digest foods and acquire nutrients and energy never fades. The aging process, an inadequate diet and past infections can impair the stomach's ability to produce stomach acid that is required for optimal digestion. Digestive aids, such as enzymes, betaine HCl and probiotics, are beneficial because they guarantee the complete breakdown and absorption of nutrients to maintain optimal health and wellness.
Nutrition to the Fifth Power
Bluebonnet Nutrition was founded in 1991 on the basic principle that they offer the cleanest, purest, most natural nutritional supplements offered exclusively through independent natural food retailers. Today, they are proud to say that they still honor this commitment and that their devotion is true and loyal.
The landscape of nutrition is changing rapidly. However, Bluebonnet Nutrition is not simply changing with it. They're leading the way. Since the launch of their company in the heart of Sugar Land, Texas, They've carefully sowed the seeds of success by their unwavering pledge to the five powers of Bluebonnet Nutrition: Nature, Science, Quality, Truth and Knowledge - one power for every petal of the Texas state flower from which they take their name.
A Family Affair
Bluebonnet Nutrition is a family-run, independent company similar to the independent natural product retailers they serve. The members of the Barrows family and the extended Bluebonnet family have been actively involved in the natural products industry for decades with the same business virtue of naturalness, purity, innovation, accessibility, integrity, loyalty and quality. They are driven by their close relationships with natural product retailers, who have knowledgeable staff to lead health-conscious consumers to those products that will specifically address their individual nutritional needs and health concerns. No other retail outlet can provide that level of service and expertise.
An Award-Winning Company
It was because of this commitment to the founding principals upon which the industry was founded that Bluebonnet Nutrition was awarded the first 'Manufacturer of the Year' by Vitamin Retailer in 2006. In fact, Vitamin Retailer Magazine sought input from leading natural product retailers asking them to identify companies in the industry that exemplified the following criteria: leadership, noteworthy/distinctive product line, innovative product development, high-quality manufacturing standards, strong relationship with retailers, community outreach, trade association involvement, reputation, company growth rate, and financial standing. This award acknowledges the strength in the partnership between Bluebonnet and the natural product retailers they serve with a loyalty to the industry that is unrivaled.
They've been honored once again by natural products retailers nationwide as one of the top two supplement lines to receive the coveted 2009 Natural Choice Award from Whole Foods Magazine. In addition, Bluebonnet was awarded the 2009 Best of Supplements Award from Better Nutrition under the heart health category for their Cellular Active? CoQ10 Ubiquinol products. This journey to the top has not been by accident but by design. As a company, they have carefully plotted a path that specifically meets the needs of this industry and their customers. And they are extraordinarily grateful for being acknowledged for that commitment, as well as their dedication to state-of-the-art manufacturing, the environment, ecological preservation, social responsibility, energy conservation, waste reduction and most importantly providing the industry with the highest quality, natural and pure, gluten-free, kosher supplements on the market.
An Unrivaled Quality Value
The fact that Bluebonnet has been recognized once again by their cherished retailers in light of all of the positive efforts happening on their end is reassuring and extraordinarily gratifying. If you are wondering how Bluebonnet has achieved the level of success over their short 20-year history, they believe there are a multitude of reasons. Whether it's selecting the best ingredients the Earth has to offer, or developing pure and unique, cutting-edge formulas based on science, or manufacturing and packaging to the highest eco-friendly and quality standards, or instituting "green" practices throughout their entire operations, or distributing to only natural food retailers, Bluebonnet Nutrition takes pride in every step of the process to guarantee that they deliver the most pure, potent, high-quality natural nutritional supplements available with as little impact on the environment as possible.
So as a consumer of Bluebonnet products, you can be assured that your choice is a wise one that packs the punch on natural quality and value. Your commitment to healthy living and intelligent nutritional choices has both short- and long-term health benefits. They are proud to be helping a generation of health-conscious consumers like you get even healthier, and they are grateful to you for making them an integral part of your daily healthcare regimen.