Saccharomyces boulardii (S. Boulardii)

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    Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast organism, namely Brewer’s yeast, used as a probiotic yeast agent; on the other hand, probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus are beneficial bacteria naturally found in the human intestines.

    Saccharomyces boulardii appear capable of surviving a round of antibiotics, which of course is a big plus if you happen to be on antibiotics, plus it does not affect other beneficial flora in the lower intestines. However, it is incapable of colonizing in the human intestines.

    In addition, any type of synthetic or natural antifungal will destroy S. boulardii in the human intestines. Also, it increases uric acid, so anyone who is susceptible to gout should avoid it. There’s a similar problem with autoimmunity since it activates white blood cells increasing tissue destruction.
    I don’t have a problem with S. boulardii being used on a temporary basis as it has its place in the recovery of several diseases during a course of antibiotics. However, I much prefer beneficial bacteria probiotics as a long-term supplement.

    Research: According to a study conducted in order to test the colonization ability of oral probiotics, over 40 strains of Lactobacillus were given as probiotic supplements to a group of volunteers; the volunteers were given a total of two doses a day for a total of 17 days. At the end of the 17-day period, the probiotics were stopped, and the volunteers went through an 18-day washout period to clear the body of the probiotics. Eventually, following the washout period, and once the volunteers were back on a regular schedule, feces of the volunteers were tested for Lactobacillus bacteria. Each volunteer was tested three times, and there were a total of 12 volunteers. At the end of the three different tests the results were:

    Various strains of Lactobacillus were found in 7 of the 12 samples.
    Various strains of Lactobacillus were found in 10 of the 12 samples.
    Various strains of Lactobacillus were found in 8 of the 12 samples.

    This research revealed that certain beneficial bacteria of the Lactobacillus bacteria species obtained by human beings via oral administration are capable of colonization in the human intestines.

    Reported in Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology May 2011
    and Applied and Environmental Microbiology April 2010.



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    Did they test the patients’ feces before the given them probiotics?


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    S. Boulardii should be used temporary. I see more attractive its benefits as candida albicans suppressor than as a probiotic. Candida sufferers should consider it as an antipathogenic antifungal specially at an advanced point during a candida protocol. It won’t affect the flora and will keep the fungus totally inhibited.


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    ICanDad wrote: Did they test the patients’ feces before the given them probiotics?

    Yes of course they did as they did not wish to jeopardize the health of any test subject who may not have already been in very good health by removing the beneficial flora in the intestines for a period of 17 days.


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