Probiotics Boost Vitamin D

According to new research probiotic supplements help to boost Vitamin D levels.  Read all about it as well as our MONTHLY SPECIALS…

New research shows that probiotic supplements help to boost Vitamin D levels.

Dr Jones was the lead study author of a study published in the ‘Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism‘.  He is also the chief scientific officer at the probiotic company Micropharma Limited. His team of researchers looked at the effects of the probiotics after a supplement had been taken by a group of adults for nine weeks.

The probiotic supplement boosted levels of the vitamin by more than 25 per cent. This is the first evidence that probiotics play a role in maintaining levels of Vitamin D, the bone-strengthening nutrient.

Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242, one strain of probiotics, has shown to help cholesterol reduction, but its effect on the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin D was not known.

They tested levels of Vitamin D by monitoring levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood.

Dr Johns says, ‘Although it has long been known that the gastrointestinal tract plays an active role in the absorption of Vitamin D, these findings showing improved Vitamin D status in response to an orally delivered probiotic are a first, and will inform the development of new products that may be beneficial for people with low Vitamin D levels. This study is adding to the body of knowledge on the microbiome (the community of bacteria in the gut) command and its role in human health.’

We all know that Vitamin D levels are of increasing concern because the number of adults developing osteoporosis as well as the numbers of children developing rickets are on the rise.
Low levels of Vitamin D contributes to these conditions because calcium absorption is reduced and so the bones are weakened.

Its very important to make sure that the Vitamon D supplement you choose is readily absorbable and also,  is potent enough to make the difference.


Probiotics Help Acne in Children

The New York Times released information earlier last week from the “Journal of Pedriatrics” on the growing number of children from 7-12 with acne. In recent years the growing number of children with acne has led parents and doctors alike on the search for age appropriate treatment options.


Acne has long been associated with the changing hormones and body growth due to puberty, but in light of acne affecting a younger demographic, Probiotic Action suggests parents should look at other factors instead of blaming hormones.

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“Dirt, oil, bacteria, diet, and changing body chemistry are the contributing factors to acne. Parents should understand that acne is in many ways like other infections or illnesses, when our immune systems are compromised by external factors and internal stressors, infection and various conditions can happen without visible cause”, says Probiotic Spokesman, Fernando Perez.


Perez also suggests that parents should take note of the increased amount of processed foods children eat, and monitor the overuse of antibiotics to treat illnesses. Recent new headlines have told countless stories of new antibiotic resistant superbugs causing illness, which many believe could have been prevented by probiotic treatments and dietary changes instead of antibiotic use.


Probiotic Action recommends eating antibiotic free meat, lowering processed sugar intake, and starting a probiotic regimen, to treat children’s acne without chemicals, and improve their overall health. Taking these steps may help reduce the likelihood of new bacterial infections, and the growth of P.acnes bacteria.