OPTIMAL FLORA PLUS, 90 CAPS - OPTIMAL HEALTH SYSTEMS
Flora Plus - provides optimal intestine and immune system support. It
is the most advanced formula for intestine support, containing 12
patented forms of STABILIZED friendly bacteria. This stabilized
probiotic is unique in today's marketplace because these probiotics
can survive the acidity of the stomach so that they can effectively
colonize in the intestine.
upset, fatigue, frequent colds and flu, sensitivity to milk and dairy
products are some of the signs that your friendly bacterial flora may
need to be replenished. The body's flora is depleted by stress,
carbonation, laxatives, antibiotics (including those in meat and
dairy products we eat) and even the natural aging process.
bacteria are essential to suppress harmful strains that cause
bacterial infections and other concerns. Probiotic bacteria "favor
life", contributing to health by warding off illness and
promoting nutrient absorption. The bacteria strains in Optimal Flora
have been shown to support intestinal health, improve digestion, and
help with problems of lactose intolerance, and fight back against
toxins and infections.
Without a supply of approximately 3
pounds of friendly flora in the intestine, we are left without a
strong defense against digestive problems, poor nutrient absorption,
illness and infections. Helpful flora is called probiotic, meaning,
favoring life. Antibiotics are against life, and kill not only the
harmful strains of bacteria, but also destroy those strains that we
need for health and well-being. Unfortunately, even if we haven't
recently taken prescription antibiotics, we still are regularly
exposed to antibiotics. Since half the antibiotics produced each year
are fed to animals, we take in antibiotics every time we eat meat or
Other factors, including stress, carbonated
drinks, laxatives, birth control pills, coffee, alcohol, and aging
also pull from the body's flora supply. Flora depletion is of serious
concern in today's environment. In addition to increased toxins,
harmful bacteria including highly resistant strains called super
germs are on the rise.
Optimal Flora Plus, which was developed
with input from the world's leading probiotic authority Dr. Khem
Shahani is far superior to other flora products in that it contains
the heartiest forms of bacteria, proven to withstand the changes in
temperature and pH in the intestines. In addition, this unique
formula is not a single-strain formula, but contains several strains,
each proven to assist with specific concerns, and each adding to the
overall effectiveness and value of this product.
does stabilized bacteria mean and why is it significant? The
stabilization process has two important consequences:
shelf life - even at room temperature (doesn’t need to be
survival through the stomach and implantation in the lower GI tract
- meaning that the bacteria must be able to tolerate and pass
through the high stomach acidity AND be able to grow and adhere to
the intestinal lining.
in nature would you find the source for friendly bacteria without the
Optimal Health Systems flora supplements? Beneficial
bacteria are implanted at birth and will maintain themselves at
healthful levels unless the individual is exposed to antibiotics or
other toxins. Their population may be reinforced by eating fermented
food which are not commercially processed. Yogurt, kefir and miso are
is Lactobacillus acidophilus? This is one of the friendly
bacteria that consumes and metabolizes sugars and produces lactic
acid. It can be found in some fermented dairy products and
nutritional supplements. When acidophilus is consumed in adequate
numbers, it populates the intestinal tract and can enhance the state
makes DDS-1 special? These healthful properties are based on
research that has been documented in internationally reputable
journals. Those documented benefits are as follows:
of properties enzymes, which help us digest proteins, lactase for
breaking down lactose, and lipase enzymes to help digest fat.
of B vitamins, which are biocatalysts in food and metabolism,
particularly folic acid and vitamin B12.
of acidophilin, which is a natural antibiotic-like agent that
inhibits 23 known toxic microorganisms.
has demonstrated conclusively that there is a considerable difference
between the different strains of lactobacillus. In fact, the very
same strain grown under different conditions will show different
properties. This is why DDS-1 is more than simply the particular
strain of the species; it is a product of specific conditions of the
culture and the processes. L. acidophilus DDS-1 is produced by a
unique process that includes growing it in a special medium. It is
then mixed with special cryoprotective (protecting against the cold)
agents before it is freeze-dried. It is finally stabilized with a
specially designed natural stabilizer to protect the microorganisms
against moisture, light, heat and humidity. This provides a stability
that is unsurpassed to date.
all Lactobacillus acidophilus strains the same? No. Research
has demonstrated that there exist considerable differences among
different strains of L. acidophilus. It has also shown that even the
same strain grown under different conditions would demonstrate
L. acidophilus is an isolated and cultured strain that is grown and
produced under specific conditions to guarantee stability and
properties of great significance for improving physiological health
and disease conditions. Based on documented research, the beneficial
properties of DDS-1 L. acidophilus include:
the growth of 23 toxic producing microorganisms.
enzymes such as proteases (digest proteins) and lipases (digest
B vitamins, particularly folic acid and B12.
significant quantities of the enzyme lactase, alleviating lactose
calcium absorption. Helps reduce serum cholesterol levels.
to be resistant to several common antibiotics.
DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilus undergoes a unique process of
manufacturing that includes a cryoprotectant and a specifically
designed natural stabilizer that protects the microorganism against
moisture, light, heat, and oxygen.
should probiotics be measured and listed in the Supplement Facts
box?All of OHS probiotics are labeled using potency measurements
(CFU -Colony Forming Units) rather than weight measurements. The
bacteria used in OHS' products were not exposed to methods of forced
cell division; rather they divided into new colonies naturally to
maintain potency and quality for the consumer. OHS' products
containing bacteria are stabilized and guaranteed to colonize within
the intestines; hence storage instructions do not require
reading a label for probiotics, look for potency measurements using
Colony Forming Units (CFU). Probiotics labeled in weight units, such
as milligrams, does not indicate whether or not the colonies in the
formula are alive or dead.
is it important when supplementing with probiotics to select a
formula that contains multiple strains? Within your
intestines reside hundreds of different strains of bacteria (flora)
that promote digestion and form part of your body’s defenses
against food borne bacteria and microorganisms. Supplementing with
multiple strains of bacteria accelerates the therapeutic benefits of
probiotics as opposed to supplementing one stain at a time.
I am taking an antibiotic, should I discontinue taking Optimal Flora
Plus in fear that the antibiotic is killing all the strains? No.
This is actually the most important time to supplement with
stabilized friendly bacteria. Unfortunately, antibiotics kill both
pathogenic and friendly bacteria. Remember that friendly bacteria are
needed to enhance the body’s immune system by warding off food
borne bacteria and microorganisms. A classic example of the body’s
immune system breaking down with the use of antibiotics is the onset
of yeast infections following treatment.
Flora Plus contains DDS-1 L. acidophilus a strain reported to be
highly resistant to commonly know antibiotics, such as penicillin,
streptomycin, aureomycin, etc. It is recommended to supplement
Optimal Flora Plus before, during, and at least up to two weeks
following antibiotic treatment.
INGREDIENTS PER SERVING (2 capsules) Copper (as amino acid chelate), 50 mcg
Zinc(as amino acid chelate), 920 mcg
Optimal Flora Blend: DDS-1TM Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus salivarius, Streptococcus thermopilus, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bacillus coagulans, 2.5 billion CFU
Jerusalem Artichoke, 100 mg
Opti-BlendTM Delivery System: Amylase, Protease I, Protease II, Peptizyme SP, Lipase, Invertase, maltase, Cellulase, Lactase, HemisebTM, Zinc AAC, Copper AAC, Manganese AAC, Molasses, 20mg
Purified beet fiber, plant based magnesium stearate, vegetable capsule (plant cellulose and water)
SERVING SIZE: 2 capsules; 45 servings