Saccharomyces boulardii is a type of yeast sourced from the skin of such plants as lychee and mangosteen. It supports the protection of the intestinal lining from harmful bacteria and promotes a healthy immune system and the continued function of the gastrointestinal barrier, as well as aids digestive enzymes for nutrient absorption and digestion.
Saccharomyces boulardii is considered to be a probiotic, a class of beneficial bacteria that stimulates the immune system and protects digestive health.
Saccharomyces boulardii is most commonly used for treating and preventing diarrhea, including infectious types such as rotaviral diarrhea in children. It has some evidence of use for other types of diarrhea, acne, and a digestive tract infection that can lead to ulcers.
When initially discovered, S. boulardii was found to be in the fruits mangosteen and lychee. Outside of these foods, S. boulardii is hard to find in natural substances and is therefore most commonly consumed through food supplements.
It’ is recommended to actively include other probiotics in your diet alongside S. boulardii. You can get probiotic bacteria from kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt.
About 70% of the cellular component of the immune system is present as gut-associated lymphoid tissue.
Clinical reviews in allergy and immunology 'The gut microbiota and inflammatory noncommunicable diseases: Associations and potentials for gut microbiota therapies." (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaci.2014.11.012)
A number of factors can compromise this balance, including antibiotic therapy, infection, stress, travel or a period of unhealthy nutrition or lifestyle. An effective solution is to supplement the microflora by taking a multi-strain live bacteria supplement to restore the balance.
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