Epic Pro 25-Strain Probiotic: 25 Strains, 29 Billion CFU—Our Most Complete Probiotic Ever
Dear Valued Customers,
Did you know that within your body exists an entire complex world of microbes that outnumber your human cells by a factor of 10? That’s according to the National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project which seeks to isolate, identify and sequence these microbial partners for the benefit of human health and scientific understanding. To date, just a small fraction have been identified, and scientists around the world now view the human microbiome as the most significant frontier in the future of healthcare.
A microbe is a single-celled microorganism—often a bacterium—found in every living thing on earth and even within the air we breathe. Some can undermine our health, while others defend and protect. Probiotics fall into this latter category—microorganisms (bacteria, spores and yeasts) that are good for your health. With Acidophilus leading the way, probiotic supplements have become commonplace. But as scientists continue to discover new microbes within the microbiome and learn about their activity within the body, it’s become clear that these “good bugs” have a lot more to offer than one single strain can provide.
Your Microbiome Begins at Birth
The story of probiotics begins in the gut, where upwards of 1,000 different species of bacteria thrive. Here, probiotic microbes partner with our own cells to accomplish an untold number of important biological activities crucial to our survival. From the relatively simple aspect of good digestion to the complex workings of our neurological system, microbiota is highly influential.
The microbiota within your gut begins developing at birth, with initial colonization being established from the mother and the environment in which the birth takes place. Within days, the intestinal flora begins to diversify dependent on feeding—for instance, Bifidobacteria quickly predominate in babies who are breast-fed, while the same proliferation is not seen in babies fed infant formula.
Bifidobacterium infantis, included in our new Epic Pro formula, is one of the dominant intestinal microbiota in early life. A substrain of Bifidobacterium longum, also present in our 25-strain formula, B. infantis and its relatives colonize in the colon where it produces substances that support healthy gut function, defend against common potentially harmful bacteria, and support immune system functions that begin in the gut. Epic Pro includes a variety of clinically studied Bifidobacterium species.
Trust Your Gut
When something just isn’t right, you might say you have a “gut feeling” about it. When faced with a tough decision you might be told to “trust your gut.” These old idioms show that our ancestors were on to something when they linked the brain to the gut in this way. In 2011, researchers writing in the journal Gastroenterology proposed the theory of the “microbiome-gut-brain axis” based on new studies demonstrating that modifying gut microflora can effectively change mood and behavior in experimental models.
How can this be? Scientists aren’t absolutely certain yet, but according to the American Psychological Association, gut bacteria produce about 95 percent of the body’s supply of serotonin, which has an impact on both the brain and the activity of the gastrointestinal system. The microbiome also produces hundreds of other neurochemicals that influence the brain and help regulate a wide variety of biological processes. The science is young, and researchers have said that we’re just beginning to learn about this amazingly complex system, but the future is bright and many feel that continued investigation will significantly advance both our understanding of the mind-body connection as well as improved opportunities for care and intervention. Several strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium have been used successfully in such studies and, of course, you’ll find them in Epic Pro.
Strength from Within
Although we don’t often think of it as such, the gut is one of the largest organs in the human body that comes into contact with the outside world. Everything we eat, drink and swallow passes through the stomach, the small intestine and the colon. So it makes sense that it is here where some of our most vital immune functions begin. And we can thank our human microbiome for ensuring that our defenses are strong.
Lactobacillus plantarum, rhamnosus, helveticus and reuteri have all been shown in clinical research to provide valuable immune support. Numerous Bifidobacterium species have also been found to be beneficial in this regard, as has the unique bacteria known as Streptococcus thermophilus, which among other beneficial actions, is known to protect against the transformation of nitrates into harmful nitrites. Once again, you’ll find these strains in Epic Pro.
One Capsule Delivers Epic Support
We designed Epic Pro to deliver a complete, comprehensive family of beneficial bacteria to support every aspect of probiotic function. We selected specific strains for digestive support, gastro-urinary care, neurological support and immune strength. One capsule. 25 strains. 29 billion colony-forming units. It could only be called Epic and that’s exactly what it delivers—epic probiotic support for your entire body, head to toe.
Epic Pro comes in acid-resistant DRcaps,® designed to survive the harsh environment of the stomach to deliver viable organisms deeper in the GI tract where they are most effective. Plus, it contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS) to “feed” the beneficial bacteria and help them proliferate. No other probiotic supplement comes close to this level of support at the amazing low price of just $19.99 for a two-month supply. If you’re going to supplement with probiotics, go epic with Epic Pro, the complete solution to microbiome support.