A look at what probiotics are inside Bodkin's
Bodkin’s is naturally fermented for a minimum of 3 weeks. It has been tested at Campden labs and contains high levels of live microorganisms called probiotics. These good bacteria have many health benefits when ingested in sufficient amounts.
The main bacteria group found in Bodkin's are Lactobacillus. This species of “friendly” bacteria produces lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose, or milk sugar. These bacteria also produce lactic acid. Lactic acid helps control the population of bad bacteria. It also serves as muscle fuel and increases the body’s absorption of minerals. Lactobacillus bacteria are found naturally in the mouth, small intestine and vagina. Lactobacillus species are generally acid resistant, meaning they can survive in a low pH and are able to survive ingestion (stomach acid).
The dominant bacterial species in Bodkin's
There were 8 dominant bacterial species in Bodkin's. These three have the most research available on their benefits:
- Particularly beneficial for digestive health. Several studies indicate that it has the ability to combat gastric ulcers by inhibiting a major cause of ulcers, Helicobacter pylori
- Lactobacillus brevis may also help to improve cognitive function when used in combination with other probiotics. Research shows improved brain activity in distinct brain regions involved in mediating cognitive performance. This is believed to be a result of the gut-brain connection, which suggests that the composition of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract can influence the brain and behaviour, particularly in terms of cognitive function
- Research shows that L. brevis can help to boost the immune system by increasing the production of natural killer cells. Research shows it to be particularly effective in oral health and healing damaged gums
- Lactobaccillus farciminis is capable of producing nitric oxide which plays a role in controlling digestive inflammatory processes. For example, the release of nitric oxide helps combat inflammatory conditions such as colitis
- Can lower total cholesterol by about 10 mg/dL and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol by about 9 mg/dL in people with or without high cholesterol
- For bloating and wind, these bacteria can inhibit growth of fermentative bacteria and encourage growth of other friendly bacteria. It also improves function of stomach and intestine (good for digestion)
- Prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections and treating vaginal infections caused by bacteria (bacterial vaginosis)
- Lactobacillus plantarum as bio-preservative, meaning it helps preserve Bodkins and extend its shelf life
- Lactobacillus plantarum strains have been found to produce different antimicrobial compounds and exhibit antagonistic (fight) activity against pathogenic bacteria (bad)
- Have a vital role on cognitive impairment, depression and anxiety or tension and abnormal behaviour in autism spectrum disorder
- Lactobacillus plantarum strains identified to suppress the growth of five common foodborne pathogens specifically (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcusaureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella typhimurium, and Shigella flexneri)