Mar 15 2015

SBO and CFU defined within a Probiotics Consortia

Published by at 12:31 pm under Immune System,probiotic supplements

What are SBOs, Probiotics Consortia, and Colony Forming Units (CFU)? How do each of these impact or enhance our daily well-being and ultimate longevity?

Part 2 of 4:
(Part two of our series will take a closer look at the history of the study of microorganisms, the human microbiota and the important role of SBOs in our food source.)

Thank you for joining us for this three part series as we define SBO and CFU within a Probiotics Consortia.  Before we venture into part 2, let’s review the key points that were presented in our previous post where we learned that:

  • SBOs (Soil born organisms) are friendly microorganisms that originate in the soil.
  • SBOs crowd out unfriendly organisms that lead to disease.
  • SBOs are able to survive cold, heat and drought.
  • SBOs can lie dormant for long periods of time, awaiting the miracle of nature to produce the right conditions for them to come alive and thrive once more.
  • SBOs from purely organic food sources, for eons, were a gift from nature that acted as a buffer to safeguard and maintain a healthy intestinal microbiome balance and strengthen our immune system. Daily ingestion of these microbes from our food source was once readily available to all until the introduction of pesticides and harsh chemicals into our agricultural practices in the mid-1950s. Today, 90% of our produce is void of these life-giving friendly bacteria.
  • SBO Probiotics Consortia living in their food source, are the only form of Probiotics that provide the building blocks for a dynamic full-range of health benefits available to humans through the complex communication signaling network of such a natural consortia.
  • BODY BIOTICS SBO Probiotics Consortia™, is the first and only known Bio-Identical Probiotics Consortia™ that mimics nature so closely as to provide the full spectrum of health benefits which have gone missing from our food source.

 

We have talked about the role of SBOs and how nature always intended for humans to ingest them every day through their natural food source for the variety of health benefits they provided.  Now let’s look a little deeper into the history of the understanding of microorganisms and how this has progressed throughout the centuries.

The earliest known visible evidence of microorganisms was in 1674 AD when a study of microorganisms was first called microbiology, a subject that began with the discovery of microorganisms by Antonien van Leeuwenhoek, using a microscope of his own design. His observation was that:

“… A microorganism (from the Greek: μικρός, mikros, “small” and ὀργανισμός, organismós, “organism”) is a microscopic living organism, which may be single celled[1] or multicellular…” 2

And yet, it is not until 1907 that Nobel Prize recipient Élie Metchnikoff suggested that:

“…the dependence of the intestinal microbes on the FOOD makes it possible to adopt measures to modify the flora in our bodies and to replace the harmful microbes by useful microbes…”[3]

The oldest citation of the term “Probiotics” according to Hamilton-Miller et al., was first introduced in 1953 by Werner Kollath (see Hamilton-Miller et al. 2003) to describe organic and inorganic food supplements applied to restore health to patients suffering from malnutrition. Contrasting antibiotics, Probiotics were defined as “microbially derived factors that stimulate the growth of other microorganisms….” [4]

Kollath’s assertion was the earliest beginning of what we see today as the Probiotics industry.  In the early days of Probiotics, many of the products were in liquid form and required refrigeration.  Most were limited to one or two strains of bacteria.  It was not until the late 1970s, after more than 5 years of tedious research and testing, that the Body Biotics™ formula was introduced into the marketplace. This new kind of Probiotic represented the earliest of its kind; the first and only Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to be naturally rendered dormant and encapsulated in its own organic plant food source of nutrient-rich Humic/Fulvic acids.

It has taken almost 30 years from that time for mainstream nutrition and the medical/pharmaceutical industry to embrace and begin to understand the vital importance of these mighty microbes.  Finally, in 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) released this definition of Probiotics as:

“…live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host…” [5]

As you can see, Body Biotics was way before it’s time. It has only been in the last 5-10 years that Probiotic supplements began to flood the market.  In fact, 80% of the brands you see today are less than 3 to 5 years old.  The understanding of microorganisms and how they serve the body is vast and complex.

Now imagine, “…the human body carries about 100 trillion microorganisms in its intestines, a number ten times greater than the total number of human cells in the body. The metabolic activities performed by these bacteria resemble those of an organ, leading some to liken gut bacteria to a “forgotten” organ.

Bacteria make up most of the flora in the colon and up to 60% of the dry mass of feces. Somewhere between 300 and 1000 different species live in the gut, with most estimates at about 500.  However, it is probable that 99% of the bacteria come from about 30 or 40 species…” [7]

The most important fact in this report about gut species is: that 99% of these hundreds of organisms originate from 30 to 40 specific species.  This is an important factor and it is this knowledge that led our formulators to focus their research on while developing Body Biotics™.  Over the several years of testing and perfecting our formula, they discovered that some of these species were very aggressive and instead of promoting the growth of other organisms they actually limited their growth and minimized their dynamic biological health benefits.  As time went on, they had the opportunity to observe the actions of these aggressors with other organisms and began excluding some of the most aggressive.  Once these aggressors were excluded, it became evident that certain combinations of organisms have a natural affinity with each other and form a natural Probiotics Consortia.  Scientists call this natural affinity, mutualistic or symbiotic.  This symbiotic team of organisms are very critical to rebalancing the friendly vs. unfriendly bacteria in the gut and supporting the growth of many other friendly organisms, as well as, performing a variety of health benefits through their complex communication signaling network.

Researchers suggest that these mutualistic microorganisms perform a host of useful functions, “…such as:

  • fermenting unused energy substrates,
  • training the immune system,
  • preventing growth of harmful, pathogenic bacteria,
  • regulating the development of the gut,
  • producing vitamins for the host, such as biotin and vitamin K, and
  • producing hormones to direct the host to store fats.

 

In return, these microorganisms procure within the host a protected, nutrient-rich environment in which they can thrive…”[7]

To understand the complexity of microorganism, no one clarifies it more perfectly than Stig Bengmark, MD, pH D, (of the University College London, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, Department Member Studies Health and Environment) when he states:  the (genetic) difference between one Probiotic bacterium and the other is larger than the difference between a man and a goldfish…” [7]

In summary, we still don’t know all that we need to about Probiotics, but one thing is for certain, soil born organisms have been a part of our daily lives for eons and contributed to our health with every bite of organic food…that is, until we started dumping tons of chemicals into the soil.  So something has gone missing in our daily diets that has critical consequences on our over-all health, well-being and longevity.

Humans are left with a dilemma − short of buying purely organic foods which can be difficult and expensive for many people, we are tasked with the need to find the most natural Bio-Identical Probiotic™ supplement available on the market.  We hope this information helps you to come to a greater understanding of the importance of making the right selection for you and your loved ones.

Join us next week as we wrap up this series with more information about identifying CFU numbers and why a Probiotics Consortia goes far beyond this limited concept.

Until then, we are wishing you all the best in life, love and well-being.

Cheers,

Kelli
www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

References:

  1. Varro On Agriculture 1,xii Loeb
  2. British Journal of Nutrition, page 1 of 6 doi:10.1017/S000711451100287X q The Authors 2011…
  3. Metchnikoff, E. 1907. Essais optimistes. Paris. The prolongation of life. Optimistic studies. Translated and   edited by P. Chalmers Mitchell. London: Heinemann, 1907.
  4. Fuller R (May 1989). “Probiotics in man and animals”. The Journal of Applied Bacteriology 66 (5): 365–78. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2672.1989.tb05105.x. PMID 2666378.
  5. Schlundt, Jorgen. “Health and Nutritional Properties of Probiotics in Food including Powder Milk with Live Lactic Acid Bacteria”.
  6. http://www.old-herborn-university.de/publications/books/OHUni_book_14_article_10.pdf
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probiotic


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