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Saccharomyces boulardii reduce risk of diarrhea when travelling or beginning kindergarten

Traveler’s diarrhea is characterized by diarrhea or constipation, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal disorders that are experienced upon being attacked by foreign bacteria in an unfamiliar environment. Traveler’s diarrhea affects 5-50% of people, depending on their destination. A summary of...
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Bifidobacterium lactis help treat constipation

Functional constipation affects 5-20% of the population. Intestinal microflora has a significant impact on intestinal motility. Probiotics can improve intestinal motility. Based on a summary of 11 randomized, double-blind studies with a total of 464 subjects, it has been concluded...
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Normal vaginal microflora is best restored and maintained by Lactobacillus rhamnosus and L. reuteri

As regards the delicate health of the vagina and urinary tract, the Lactobacillus strain is especially beneficial for women suffering from vaginal inflammation – bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections (candidosis). Several studies have concluded that normal vaginal microflora is best...
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Babies born via Cesarean delivery may have a different intestinal flora up to the age of 7

A child’s microflora is closely linked to the method of delivery. The microbiome of the very first days of life develops and impacts health throughout a person’s life. During vaginal delivery, the baby comes in close contact with the mother’s...
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Synbiotics are beneficial in case of gestational diabetes

Probiotics, especially synbiotics (probiotics combined with fiber), are very important for pregnant women with gestational diabetes. Results of a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that Lactobacilus acidophilus, L.casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum together with inulin lowered insulin...
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Expert opinion

  • Clinical immunologist Lauris Līcītis points out a new trend, namely that “diseases caused by various viruses or bacteria are no longer seasonal.
    Viruses love us throughout the year! Brittle hair and nails can be a signal that the body is accumulating free radicals.
    Then we have to start thinking about what we are eating. It may be worthwhile to take a supplement, because urbanisation has led to a drastic fall in the concentration of nutrients in fruits and vegetables. It is not possible to eat as many apples and carrots as it would take to get the necessary amount of antioxidants.”

    Lauris Līcītis
    Clinical immunologist
  • Not all products contain the same amount of antioxidants, and all antioxidants are not equally powerful. Astaxanthin is the most potent antioxidant found in nature. We do not have that much control over the sources of free radicals, but what we can do is eat foods rich in antioxidants!

    Linda Šlēziņa
    Dietitian-nutritionist
  • Antioxidants are all substances that possess antioxidative properties capable of fighting free radicals.
    These can be vitamins or minerals. The antioxidant astaxanthin, which works within the cell membrane, where it protects fatty acids from damage caused by oxygen, is considered to be one of the most powerful recent scientific discoveries. The membrane is one of the basic elements of a cell. If it loses functionality, the exchange of substances in the cell and its signalling functions are altered. Immunity and the body as a whole are affected. Free radicals are a normal result of physiological processes, but overproduction is caused by ionising radiation, smoking, UV radiation, air pollution. Disrupted balance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body can lead to disease, including development of oncological issues as the end result is damage to the genetic material of cells and formation of mutant cells. Predominance of free radicals in the body is also at the heart of aging processes

    Jolanta Ozola
    Physician and nutritionist
  • Stem cells are the mother cells in our bodies. If they are damaged, then all the other cells in our bodies that are derived from them will not be healthy and may even be harmful.
    Every day we shed hundreds of millions of skin cells and we don’t even feel it, but as soon as there is a problem with our skin stem cells, we feel it right away – the problem persists and treatment is necessary.
    One of the saboteurs of stem cells are free radicals, which can only be combatted by antioxidants.

    Dr. biol. Jānis Ancāns
    Head of the Laboratory of Bioanalytical Methods, Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia
  • Due to their ability to stimulate inflammation free radicals also play a part in the onset of nervous system disease. Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy – these diseases are widespread in Northern Europe, including the Baltic States, and inflammation has a hand in their development!

    Ruta Plotniece
    Neurologist at clinic “Veselības centrs 4”