A healthy human intestinal flora contains around 100.000.000.000.000 bacterial cells, divided over more than 400 species. Each species, or maybe even each strain, has its own functional properties. For this reason it does not seem logical to use a probiotic product that contains just one single strain. Megaflora 9 not only contains several probiotic strains, but we also try to make a combination of different species, i.e. not only several Lactobacilli (L. acidophilus, L. paracasei, L. plantarum, ... ), but also Bifidobacteria, Lactococci and Enterococci are added to Megaflora 9.
Selection of Strains
It is not possible to make a product that exactly reflects the healthy intestinal flora. Besides, that would be different for each person. We've tried to make a selection of strains, depending on the final purpose of the product. For instance a product that is designed to prevent traveler diarrhoea, will contain different strains than a product that is especially developed to use during an antibiotic treatment. In case of a “general” probiotic, we've tried to make a selection of strains that contain as many probiotic properties as possible.
In literature, several probiotic properties have been defined:
Besides these probiotic properties, the most important fact is that the strains are able to survive. Other important facts to consider are the influence of the probiotic strains on each other (positive or negative), growth speed and fermentation characteristics. Based on the available information, we make combinations of strains that result in effective probiotic products.
Functionality of Megaflora Bacteria
This following information describes the functional properties of the probiotic strains that are used in Megaflora 9. The information is based on both scientific literature and results from in vitro experiments.
Megaflora 9 Strains
Lactococcus lactis W19, Lactobacillus paracasei W20, Lactobacillus plantarum W21, Lactobacillus acidophilus W22, Lactobacillus salivarius W24, Bifidobacterium lactis W51, Bifidobacterium lactis W52, Enterococcus faecium W54.Continue