Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Overview
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics - The Vegan Probiotics From Japan
What is a probiotic?
Probiotics, which means, “for life,” have been used for centuries as natural components in health-promoting foods. The World Health Organization defines “probiotic” as live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract and vagina that provide health benefits when administered in adequate amounts. Probiotics are considered “friendly” bacteria and make vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, K and Biotin right in our intestines. They are thought to promote health by suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function and enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract. They also help detoxify harmful substances, aid hormone balance and improve digestion and elimination.
There are over 400 species of micro-organisms in the human digestive tract, including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. A number of medical, diet and lifestyle factors are believed to disturb the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria. This imbalance is called dysbiosis. If a balance is not maintained, less healthy bacteria and yeast may flourish which is thought to increase the likelihood of conditions such as infectious diarrhea and vaginal yeast infections.
Other factors that can disrupt the balance are:
- Inadequate dietary fiber
- Oral antibiotic therapy
- Infant formula feeding
- Ingestion of environmental toxins
- Diets high in sugar and/or alcohol
Unfortunately, normal life with its stress, diets too high in processed foods, hormone replacement, oral contraceptives, and even tap water can disrupt the delicate balance of organisms in the intestinal system. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics 12 PLUS original Formula is a unique combination that changes the GI environment to support the hundreds of beneficial strains of bacteria that maintain your health.
What health benefits do probiotics offer?
Every human body contains billions of bacteria and other micro-organisms. Each human grows a unique inner garden of beneficial bacteria based on our DNA, cultural backgrounds, diet, geography and history. Probiotic supplements help restore the natural balance of micro-organisms in a digestive tract that may have been disrupted by antibiotics, sickness, poor nutrition and multiple other factors.
The digestive system is comprised of the stomach, intestines and gastrointestinal tract and is key to your overall health. This is where the body takes all the nutrients from your food and distributes it throughout the body while breaking down waste and toxins and eliminating them. If the digestion system isn’t working properly, some toxic wastes will be absorbed into your body affecting your health.
Scientists are learning more each day about the role of microbes in keeping people healthy and the multitude of health benefits associated with consuming the right type and levels of probiotic microbes.
Researchers are studying whether probiotics can help treat or prevent illness. Probiotics may help:
- Strengthen the immune system
- Shorten the duration of colds and flu
- Prevent or lessen the severity of canker sores
- Minimize symptoms of allergic rhinitis/hay fever
- Reduce the effects of lactose intolerance
- Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
- Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections.
- Treat irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease
- Lessen the side effects of radiation therapy
- Reduce serum cholesterol levels
- Shorten the duration of intestinal infections and rotaviruses
- Prevent and treat inflammation following colon surgery (pouchitis)
- Defend against dental caries and periodontal disease
- Prevent eczema in children
How do Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics work?
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics restores and maintains the healthy micro-flora in the gastro intestinal tract. They contain a scientifically determined level of probiotic (lactic acid bacteria) colony forming units, prebiotics (the nutrition for lactic acid bacteria), organic acids (regulates the pH level of the colon), trace levels of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Prebiotics are also thought to improve the balance of probiotics in the intestines. They are non-digestible carbohydrates that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Sources of prebiotics include fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin, found in onions, asparagus, chicory, and banana. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics formula helps to restore the entire complex of friendly bacteria necessary for optimal health. Once ingested, probiotics colonize the intestines and other parts of the body and can sustain themselves unless they are destroyed by antibiotics or other factors.
Dr. Ohhira’s formula has been shown to:
- Increase energy
- Promote healthy metabolism
- Improve antioxidant status
- Help relieve anxiety and blue moods
- Improve sleep
- Stimulate cell repair mechanisms
- Improve joint and muscle function
- Support the immune system
What Makes Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Unique?
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics is the product of a three-year, natural temperature, fermentation process using 12 scientifically selected strains of lactic acid bacteria. The proteolytic capability of the proprietary strain formulated by Dr. Ohhira from the Malaysian food delicacy, tempeh, is rated as 6.25 greater than any other strain of lactic acid bacteria. Only Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics contain biogenically active ingredients (i.e., living ingredients) in the fermented cultured paste.
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics contain a proprietary formula, organic acids (important to the regulation of the pH level of the colon), prebiotics (important nourishment for lactic acid bacteria), trace levels of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, enzymes and bacteriocins.
Each individual capsule is blister packaged to assure product integrity. The product is encapsulated by Fuji Capsule Co. that maintains records to confirm shelf life, etc. Japan Food Research Labs provides Certificates of Analysis that confirms the proprietary ingredients in Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics. The CoA also verifies that pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, chemical fertilizers, etc. are not present in the product.
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are 100% vegan (including capsule material), hypoallergenic, all natural product, hand-crafted and fermented in Japan. They do not contain dairy, soy or gluten. They contain LIVE bacteria – not freeze-dried – and remain stable at ambient room temperatures without refrigeration and have a shelf life of three years. This formula is non-GMO, guaranteed free of soil-based organisms (SBO’s) and proven to cohere in the GI tract. Dr. Ohhira’s formula includes a richly nutritious and hypoallergenic food supply, which serves as the ideal prebiotic and naturally produced organic substances that improve GI pH.
Dr. Ohhira’s 12 PLUS Original Formula is much more than a probiotic. This unique formula was developed by award-winning microbiologist Iichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D. and distinguished research scientists from Okayama University. Each of the 12 strains of lactic acid bacteria was scientifically selected for a specific purpose – e.g. proprietary TH 10 has been shown to be virulent against modern bacterial threats. The nutritious plants and crystal pure water used in the fermentation culture medium and the resulting organic acids benefit all the body’s beneficial strains of bacteria and are unlike anything in the probiotic industry.
The beneficial effects of food with added live micro-organisms (probiotics) on human health and nutrition have been increasingly recognized by health professionals. Recent scientific work on the properties and functionality of living micro-organisms in food suggest that probiotics play an important role in immunological digestive and respiratory functions and could have significant effects in alleviating infectious disease in children and other high risk groups. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics can reduce serum cholesterol levels because they contain enzymes that break cholesterol down. Another enzyme, lactase, is responsible for breaking down lactose which makes dairy products an option for individuals with lactose intolerance.
Who Should Take Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics?
Who would not take a supplement that may be able to increase energy, promote healthy metabolism, improve antioxidant absorption, relieve anxiety and blue moods, promote restful sleep, stimulate cell repair mechanisms, improve joint and muscle function and support the immune system? Current research supports these claims as well as the effectiveness of probiotics on the conditions previously mentioned. Research in the form of large, carefully designed clinical trials are underway to determine specific strains and exact dosages for maximum effectiveness.
The beneficial effects of food with added live micro-organisms (probiotics) on human health and nutrition have been increasingly recognized by health professionals. Recent scientific work on the properties and functionality of living micro-organisms in food suggest that probiotics play an important role in immunological, digestive and respiratory functions and could have a significant effect in alleviating infectious disease in children and other high risk groups.
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics may be safely consumed by infants, children, adults and seniors. Probiotics are safe for pregnant women and nursing mothers. In fact, everyone can benefit from supplementing their diet with probiotics. In healthy individuals, immunity and overall health will be enhanced. For individuals with medical issues, probiotics can help speed recovery as well as prevent recurrence. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics can assist with digestion, improve general health and protect against harmful bacteria. It is recommended that consumers consult a health care practitioner prior to taking probiotics or any dietary supplement.
The recommended dosage is two capsules daily for adults, children over the age of six and seniors or as directed by a health care practitioner. For best results, take one capsule twice a day with water on an empty stomach. For infants and children under the age of six, once capsule daily is the recommended dosage. Infants should consume product in paste form only. Product can be opened and the paste may be squeezed from the capsule. If benefits are desired in the stomach (e.g., heartburn or upset stomach), the capsules may be chewed. Do not exceed the maximum recommended dosage as this could create an imbalance of intestinal flora. Temporary reactions such as minor bloating or laxative or constipating effect are signs that the beneficial bacteria are repopulating, detoxifying and improving the gut environment.
While probiotics are considered safe, people who are immunosuppressed should seed medical advice before using probiotics as they may interfere with immunosuppresant medication. No other medical contraindications have been noted.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.