“I have been treated for H. pylori for the last 5 years. I have always struggled with the side effects of my medication, so my doctor at Tan Tock Seng hospital recommended that I take Saccharomyces Boulardii supplementation as it was said to reduce the side effects of the medication as well as being beneficial in the eradication of H. pylori. Because Saccharomyces Boulardii is not sourced in the government hospitals, I looked online and found it on the Vitadeals website. Since taking it for the last month, I have already noticed a dramatic improvement in my condition. I couldn't be happier!” – by Josephine K, Seletar, Singapore.
Saccharomyces Boulardii (S. boulardii) is currently the only known yeast product which also acts as a probiotic in the intestines. Probiotics help to fight against “bad” microorganisms from growing in the gut by promoting the growth of the “good” microorganisms. “Bad” microorganisms, such as E.coli or salmonella, are common causes of diarrhea in people. However, it is not only effective at treating diarrhea from infective causes, but is also effective against diarrheas caused by antibiotics and digestion problems, such as inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease.
Other important and key features of Saccharomyces Boulardii include:
Yeast Probiotic that promotes the growth of commensal gut flora (“good bacteria”)
Helpful in the prevention and treatment of traveller’s diarrhea
Helps eradicate Heliobacter pylori, a bacterium responsible for stomach cancer
Reduction of blood glucose and excess weight in type 2 diabetic and obese patients
By promoting the growth of “good bacteria”, (more correctly referred to by doctors as “commensal gut flora”), S. boulardii helps protect against the proliferation of “bad bacteria” in the gut. There are many mechanisms by which infection, antibiotic use and chronic digestive problems bring about diarrhea, but the common thread amongst all of them is the destruction of the gut lining and the bacteria which colonize the gut. The purpose of this probiotic is to ensure the survival of these commensal flora, and thus reduce the incidence of diarrhea.
Additionally, studies have shown that S. boulardii has been effective in the improved eradication of H.pylori infection in the stomach. The thinking behind this is that S. boulardii has been shown to reduce the amount of side effects that patient gets while on eradication therapy, resulting in better compliance to medication and a better outcome. The benefit of this is that it helps with lowering the incidence of stomach cancer, of which H. pylori is the most common cause.
Recently, research geared towards diabetes and lowering incidences of diabetes and obesity has revealed that there is a close relationship between commensal gut flora and the host immune system to bring about energy homeostasis and glucose control. While the exact mechanism is unknown, it is clear that having adequate gut commensals shows a significant improvement in the host weight and blood glucose control. S. boulardii promotes the growth of these commensals, attributing to the reduction of weight and improvement in blood glucose levels in patients.
The studies conducted on S. boulardii have shown that it produces almost no side effects and can be taken safely with other bacterial probiotics and other medications.
Please note that unlike our other probiotics, S. boulardii does not require refrigeration.