Effects on immune health

Healthy intestinal microbes = healthy immunity 

LACTOGG’s probiotic helps to establish a strong and vigorous intestinal microbial ecosystem which in turn gives rise to healthy and balanced immunity. 

The presence of the GG probiotic in the intestinal tract promotes the growth of a diverse and vigorous microbial community.  Furthermore, the correct quantity of the dietary fibre, fructooligosaccharide (FOS) which is found in LACTOGG®+ sachets gives it prebiotic benefits as it promotes the growth of other good bacteria such as bifidobacteria.

Premature infants given GG probiotic and probiotics for their first 2 months of life had less frequent respiratory tract infection, especially those caused by viruses, during their first year of life. Those non-GG babies did not experience this beneficial effect.  This study shows that using the GG probiotic and prebiotics to establish the microbes which colonise babies very early in life can benefit their developing immune system.

Clinical studies have shown how LACTOGG®’s probiotic’s boost in immunity results in significant benefits.

Examples of these research findings are:

• Mothers who consumed GG probiotic during pregnancy were found to have GG bacterial DNA in the amniotic fluid and placenta. When the babies who were born to these “GG” mothers were tested shortly after birth, their immunity showed higher maturity than the other non-GG babies.

• Infants who took GG probiotic were found to have increased number and maturation of their immune cells which manufacture antibodies.

Comparison of the number of antibody-secreting cells in babies at 1 year old.  GG probiotic increases cells which secrete antibodies M, A and G[Rinne et al. 2005]

• Babies who were exposed to GG probiotic during pregnancy and in the first 6 months of life had 50% less chance of developing allergic eczema.  The “GG” babies had higher levels of immune regulatory factors which reduced allergic inflammation.

• Allergy sufferers such as those with allergic eczema, cow milk allergy and allergic nose, experienced significant improvement in their allergic conditions when they were given the GG probiotic.  Their immune system also showed less allergic hallmarks.

• Infants with proven cow milk allergy recover from their allergy faster if they were given GG probiotic daily in the first year of life.

• Children given GG probiotic had less chance of contracting intestinal infections (gastroenteritis) and recovered faster from gut infections.

• Infants, toddlers and older children were noted to fight infections better and needed less antibiotics.  This improvement in immunity continued to be apparent over long periods of time.

Total number of courses of antibiotic (macrolides) used by children over 3 years. Dotted line marks the end of 7 months of dally consumption of GG probiotic.  The GG group used 48% less antibiotic over the 3 years compared to those not given the probiotic. [Korpela et al. 2016]

• Adults also showed improved ability to fight infections, such as lung infections and traveller’s diarrhoea.

• It has been used in hospitals to clear superbugs from the intestinal tract in children and adults.

• Children and adults suffering from intestinal inflammation conditions were found to have reduced inflammation after consuming the GG probiotic.

 Amount of faecal calprotectin (an indicator of intestinal inflammation) is lowered after Lactobacillus GG is consumed. [Bruzzese E et al. 2014]

• The immune response to vaccinations was noted to be enhanced significantly when people were taking the GG probiotic during the time of vaccination.

• Drinking alcohol sets-up much inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and liver which progresses to liver damage.  Taking the GG probiotic prevents and reverses liver inflammation and damage as it increases Treg cells and reduces the number of immune cells responsible for intestinal and liver inflammation.

LACTOGG®’s ability to ‘talk’ to our immune system means that it can ‘educate’, mature, stimulate and ‘balance’ our immune system.

We can make use of LACTOGG® capsules or LACTOGG®+ sachets to maintain long term, healthy stimulation of our immunity.

How should LACTOGG® be taken?

Babies, children and adults:

At least 1 capsule or 1 sachet a day


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