For many years Professor Stig Bengmark has conducted research about the role of inflammation and the intestinal flora when illness occurs. In 1999 Professor Bengmark launched a project together with some research colleagues, in which they collected 535 different lactic bacteria. Their goal was to find an elite among anti-inflammatory bacteria. They studied the bacteria’s ability to produce antioxidants, anti-inflammatory proteins and, in particular, anti-inflammatory cytokines and their ability to induce protective beta-defensin. A special interest was put on the bacteria’s ability to enhance each other’s anti-inflammatory characteristics. The composition was named Synbiotic 2000®, and early studies on animals showed its unique characteristics to fight inflammation and protect body tissue from damage.
For more than 15 years Synbiotic 2000® has been studied all over the world, on everything from IBS, HIV, cancer patients and liver transplantations. At this moment Synbiotic 2000® is included in a study on patients with ADHD at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and in a study on critically ill patients with liver disease at The University of Sydney Hospital. Time after time Synbiotic 2000® has proven successful in reconditioning the intestinal flora and strengthening the immune system of seriously ill people, often in intensive care. The clinical studies indicate a dramatic reduction of life-threatening infections after major abdominal surgeries such as liver transplantations and serious accidents. Treatment with Synbiotic 2000 has resulted in significantly fewer infections, and it reduces complications after surgery. One study indicated that infections after a liver transplant decreased from 51% to 3% when Synbiotic 2000 was used. Another study showed similar results in regards to infections among patients who had been in acute and serious accidents. In this study, the level of infections decreased from over 50% to 14% (Read the full study here).
Studies show that the bacterial strains in the composition complement each other. An important aspect when probiotics is given to humans, is that it must be able to survive the move through the gastrointestinal tract, and that it can colonise and stay on the mucous membrane in the intestines for at least a day, but preferably several weeks. Studies on the bacterial strains in Synbiotic 2000® show that they meet this criterion.
Synbiotic® Food Supplement is a variant of Synbiotic 2000®. It consists of the four bacteria (L. Plantarum, L. Paracasei, Pediococcus and Leuconostoc) in a composition with 4 grams of bioactive fibres, which help the 15 billion bacteria in the composition to quickly multiply in the gastrointestinal tract. Two of the selected bacterial strains in Synbiotic15, L plantarum and L paracasei, have proved to be key components in the intestinal flora in individuals who haven’t adopted a Western lifestyle. For the majority of us, these strains are missing in our gastrointestinal tract. This is especially true for those suffering from obesity, and it leads to a significantly higher risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases.
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