What is Saccharomyces Boulardii
Saccharomyces boulardii is probiotic yeast that was first isolated from the skin of the tropical fruits lychee and mangosteen in 1923 by French scientist Henri Boulard, following the observation that mangosteen consumption controlled occasional diarrhea in natives of Southeast Asia. S. boulardii plays a role in supporting immune defense by increasing levels of a crucial antibody, sIgA, and creating a first line of defense that helps bind and clear harmful bacteria. In one study, 200 children with occasionaldiarrhea were randomly given 250 mg/day of S. boulardii or placebo. Stool frequency and duration of diarrhea were greatly improved in the group that received the S. boulardii. Among 269 children (6 months-14 years) given either antibiotic treatment plus 250 mg/twice per day of S. boulardii or placebo, those receiving the S. boulardii had lower incidence of loose and watery stools.
Healthy intestinal barrier function is a key factor in maintaining health. Within the GI tract, tightly packed intestinal cells act as a protective barrier preventing substances such as allergenic compounds, undigested food and toxins from leaking directly into the bloodstream. These represent the major barrier found within the pathway between intestinal epithelial cells. S. boulardii has been shown to improve tight junction structure ensuring that foods and nutrients from the diet are properly absorbed, while blocking the entrance of potentially harmful substances.
In addition to supporting sIgA levels and intestinal barrier function, S. boulardii boosts immune response by supporting healthy white blood cell activity. A double-blind, placebo- controlled trial showed that patients given S. boulardii demonstrated an increase in sIgA levels and a subsequent decrease in C-reactive protein (an indicator of a balanced inflammatory response). The researchers of this study concluded that S. boulardii supports a healthy immune response and protects GI barrier function by maintaining a healthy inflammatory cycle in the GI tract.
FOR KIDS: Saccharomyces Boulardii is used in FloraBoost – Probiotic for Kids
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