Probiotics not only bolster the immune response in various ways, as you might expect, but also work to prevent infections by 'heading them off at the pass' -- by battling the viruses for dominance right where they enter our bodies, through the membranes of our mouth, ears, nose, and lungs.
Most people realize by now that probiotics can help with digestive issues, and may even know they can help regulate the immune system, as well. But it's not as well known that beneficial bacterial are not confined to the gastrointestinal tract -- certain types can make their way to and reside in other areas, including our outer skin and inner membranes, where they can help protect us against infectious organisms right at their point of entry into our bodies by 'crowding them out' and preventing them from taking root or attaching to certain receptors.
Clinical studies have shown probiotics can help with URTI's. For example, one showed trained athletes had less than half as many URTI's compared to the placebo group. And a meta-analysis of many such studies involving a total of 6,239 children found that children taking probiotics suffered fewer days with URTI's and that those who did develop URTI's were absent from school or day care for fewer days while having them compared to those on placebos.
NOW Probiotic Respiratory Care Ingredients:
Each capsule contains:
A 12 Billion CFU Blend of Probiotic Bacteria, consisting of:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® (La-1): 10 Billion CFU
- Bifidobacterium lactis (Bl-04): 2 Billion CFU
Non-medicinal ingredients: Cellulose, Capsule (hypromellose, water), Silica, Stearic Acid (vegetable source).
This product is dairy-free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
NOW probiotics are STRAINED VERIFIED using their unique Ribo-printer® DNA testing. This automated molecular method provides speed, accuracy, reproducibility and reliability when assessing bacterial strains. NOW scientists use this powerful, cutting-edge tool to guarantee the identity, potency, and purity of the bacterial strains used in their probiotic supplements, as well as to help identify potential bacterial contaminants prior to production.
For adults, adolescents, and children 6 and up: Take 1 capsule 2 times daily.
If you are on antibiotics, take this at least 2 to 3 hours before or after those.
Keep refrigerated in the tightly closed bottled to maintain potency.
Do not use this product if you have an immune-compromised condition (e.g. AIDS, lymphoma, patients undergoing long-term corticosteroid treatment). Consult a health are practitioner prior to use if you have fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, or severe abdominal pain. Discontinue use and consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms of digestive upset (e.g. diarrhea) occur, worsen, or persist beyond 3 days.
Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80080613.
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Yizhong, W. et al. "Probiotics for prevention and treatment of respiratory tract infections in children. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials." Medicine 2016.