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Saccharomyces Boulardii for Prevention and Treatment

There is an amazing list of potential benefits from this probiotic supplement:
Heal #leaky #gut, protect from harmful gut bacteria [C. difficile, #H.pylori, #parasites], prevent [traveler's, acute, chronic, antibiotic induced] #diarrhea, reduce symptoms of #Crohn's disease, #Ulcerative #colitis, & #IBS [Irritable bowel syndrome].

S. boulardii is a live yeast used extensively as a probiotic. Several mechanisms of action have been identified to support our body and fight intruders. 

Viral infections can lead to "leaky gut". The well-studied probiotic yeast S. boulardii plays a crucial role in the preservation and/or restoration of intestinal barrier function - being effective in the prevention and treatment of gut disorders. Another study confirms that probiotics "are a rational adjunctive options for the treatment of various viral diseases."

S. boulardii has several features that help it to be effective. First of all, enough of it survives the gastric acid and bile and can thrive at our body temperature. It is - like all yeasts - resistent to antibiotics, so it can be used during antibiotic therapy. It is a "tough" one and resists our digestive enzymes. 

  • Keep the microbiome - the healthy bacteria - in balance
  • Hinder the intruders to settle and infect the gut
  • Stimulate our immune response
  • Stabilise the gut barrier
  • Stimulate the enzymes responsible for absorption of nutrients

Several clinical trials and experimental studies strongly suggest a place for Saccharomyces boulardii as a biotherapeutic agent for the prevention and treatment of several diseases.

Clinical efficacy of Saccharomyces boulardii in acute and chronic diseases as well in disease prevention.

Acute Diseases

  • Antibiotic-associated diarrhea
  • Clostridium difficile infection
  • Acute diarrhea
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Enteral nutrition-related diarrhea
  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Helicobacter pylori infection

Chronic Diseases

  • Crohn’s disease: also keeping patients in remission!
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Parasitic infections
     a) Amebic colitis
     b) Giardiasis
     c) Blastocystis hominis
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related diarrhea

Viral Diseases

Probiotics possess unique mechanism by which viruses are eliminated. 

Infectious diseases, especially nosocomial infections (i.e. influenza, pneumonia, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Norovirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus, etc.), have periodically caused widespread outbreaks and are considered to represent serious threats to public health. ​

S. boulardii has been shown to be effective in acute rotavirus diarrhea. 

Prevention

S. boulardii has been successfully used in a variety of scenarios and has proven to prevent:

  • Antibiotic-associated diarrhea
  • Clostridium difficile infection
  • Acute diarrhea
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Enteral nutrition-related diarrhea
  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Helicobacter pylori infection

Secretory IgA

Secretory IgA is known as the respiratory and GI tracts’ first line of defense. It can prevent the adhesion of viruses and other pathogens from our respiratory and gut lining. Numerous studies have shown improved outcomes in various infections, as well as cancers and gut issues.

People with Hashimoto’s tend to have low secretory IgA (SIgA). This could be partially genetic (if you’re a non-secretor like I am), or due to infections you may have, or lifestyle factors (like stress and sleep deprivation).

S. Boulardii can help to boost Secretory IgA. 

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