ABC’s of Probiotics: Back to the Basics

Beltsville, MD, August 2010 – Many people have now become more familiar with probiotics and understand that they are beneficial bacteria. However, with their strange sounding names and so many options on the market, choosing the best probiotic may be a challenge. Frank Hodal, Founder of Vidazorb® chewable probiotics suggests that when the world of probiotics starts to feel confusing, it’s time to go back to basics and focus on the strains that have proven to be beneficial in numerous studies.

“One strain that has been accredited with the most extensive research, and perhaps has been around the longest, is L. acidophilus,” commented Hodal, “Often people who are unfamiliar with supplements or probiotics have still heard of L. acidophilus, and that says a lot about the strain.”

L. acidophilus works to protect the body from harmful bacteria and other parasites. When it breaks down in the body it releases hydrogen peroxide, which aids in ridding the body of unhealthy bacteria and other unwanted guests.

Yogurt may be the first thing that comes to mind when people think of probiotics, yet, therein lays a dilemma. Is yogurt actually keeping the “good bugs” alive? If so, for how long, and does it offer enough of the best strains to be helpful? Some of the additives of today’s yogurts actually reduce the longevity of strains like L. acidophilus#. Additionally, many people are lactose intolerant and can’t adequately digest the dairy base of yogurt. And some people just plain don’t like the taste of yogurt.

Antibiotics usually kill off good bacteria along with the bad and can lower immunity by doing so. This can lead to an increased risk of illness or infection, such as yeast infections. Replacing the good bacteria by taking a probiotic formulation like Vidazorb can help the body bounce back sooner.

In addition to L. acidophilus, another well-known and well-researched probiotic strain is Bifidobacterium. This probiotic strain occurs naturally in the human body, primarily in the gastrointestinal tract. Many things can compromise the probiotics within us. Anything from Cesarean birth to catching a cold can lead to an insufficient amount of this essential strain and can persist for years.

Adequate amounts of Bifidobacterium will help eliminate undesirable bacteria in the body, which ultimately helps improve the immune system, lower cholesterol, lessen allergies and aid digestion#. With so many health benefits, it’s crucial to make sure the body is well stocked with these beneficial bacteria.

Vidazorb® chewable probiotics contain pharmaceutical grade, proprietary probiotic strains from Chr. Hansen, including L. acidophilus, LA-5® and Bifidobacterium, BB-12®.

The Vidazorb® Super C formulation pulls together the ABC’s of probiotic health by including Acidophilus (LA-5), Bifidobacterium (BB-12) and Vitamin C all in one supplement. The probiotic strains in Vidazorb® aid in the bioavailability of other vitamins and nutrients, or in other words, the benefits of Vitamin C are boosted when combined with the probiotics.

“The combination of LA-5® and BB-12® provides a superior probiotic formulation, as the strains complement each other offering a multitude of health benefits,” concluded Hodal.

Vidazorb® chews come in delicious flavors, and unlike yogurt or other supplements, Vidazorb® doesn’t have to be refrigerated and comes with a three-year shelf life. To learn more, go to

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