Digestive Problems

Molkosan Vitality - Could This Prebiotic Aid Your Digestion?

Date: 7 June, 2007
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If digestive problems like abdominal bloating and discomfort, acid indigestion and constipation are making your life a misery then you could benefit from a brand new product called Molkosan Vitality. It is what is known as a prebiotic…

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If digestive problems like abdominal bloating and discomfort, acid indigestion and constipation are making your life a misery then you could benefit from a brand new product called Molkosan Vitality.

What sets this product apart from many others for digestive disorders is that Molkosan Vitality helps tackle the underlying problem that contributes to these unpleasant symptoms depleted levels of friendly bacteria in the gut.

It is what is known as a prebiotic. Not to be confused with probiotics (such as bifidobacteria or lactobacilli), which HSI has reported on a number of times for their ability to replenish levels of friendly bacteria in the gut and promote digestive health. On the subject of probiotics, it is important to understand that they can only be properly effective if the gastrointestinal tract is ready to receive and sustain them; they need to find a welcoming environment.

Thats where prebiotics a new development in nutritional supplementation that researchers are still in the process of researching come in. The evidence that has been amassed so far on them is extremely promising. They have been found to improve the environment of the gut by helping with the processes of feeding and supporting friendly bacteria. Indeed, they are fast proving essential in ensuring that friendly bacteria or probiotics can in fact prosper and get to work in the gut.

Better still, researchers have found that prebiotics can help fight a wide range of conditions from bowel cancer and irritable bowel syndrome to vaginal thrush and obesity .

Could you benefit from Molkosan Vitality?

While everyone can benefit from Molkosan Vitality, those who are most likely to derive the greatest benefits include the elderly (especially those who are prone to gastrointestinal infections), frequent travellers, those with a poor diet that is high in sugary foods, those who are under a lot of stress, people taking antibiotics and steroid drugs, and those who are susceptible to gastrointestinal complaints such as IBS.
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These factors all contribute to depleted levels of friendly bacteria in the gut. If you fall into any of these categories its wise to take a probiotic supplement in addition to Molkosan Vitality in order to increase your existing levels.

Making sure you have adequate levels of friendly bacteria in your gut is important not only for promoting digestion but also for improving other aspects of your health. For example, friendly bacteria bind to cholesterol and carry it out through your gut. They also create an acidic environment in the large intestine, which is particularly beneficial for those suffering from constipation, as they encourage the regular evacuation of your bowels and make stools softer, bulkier and easier to pass.

With good levels of friendly bacteria you are also less likely to suffer from the build-up of intestinal gases and bloating. Plus they produce lactic acid, which is excellent at killing off harmful pathogens, including an over proliferation of the yeast Candida albicans which can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms from muscle weakness and depression to fatigue and constipation/diarrhoea.

Packed full of health-giving ingredients

Molkosan Vitality comes in the form of a powder that can be added to water or fruit juice and taken as a drink. The powder is made up of an impressive list of ingredients including concentrated whey, maize starch, green tea extract, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, vitamin A, betacarotene, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, chloride and orotic acid.

Whey is one of the main ingredients in the product. It has been found to balance the action of the pancreas; this improves the metabolism of sugars and starches (lowering high blood sugar levels) and also reduces levels of unfriendly bacteria. An efficiently functioning pancreas is also important for keeping the yeast Candida albicans under control.

In addition, the fermented whey used in Molkosan Vitality which involves a process that changes the natural lactose in whey into lactic acid has benefits of its own. This lactic acid is a natural antiseptic, inhibiting the spread of germs throughout the digestive tract. It also has a pH of 2.7 which creates the right, slightly acidic environment for the colonisation of friendly bacteria in the gut. And, better still, it makes it harder for unfriendly bacteria to become established in the gut.

The maize starch in Molkosan Vitality is a well-tolerated, gluten-free dietary fibre that has prebiotic effects and also improves the time taken for food to pass through the bowel.
Green tea has been included because it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and also helps to reduce the absorption of glucose.

Improves your digestive health and helps speed up your metabolism

Molkosan Vitality generally has a balancing effect on your production of stomach acid. This both aids the digestion of proteins and reduces the likelihood of harmful bacteria, such as Helicobacter pylori, infecting the stomach.

Taken before a meal, it stimulates not only the secretion of digestive enzymes throughout the digestive system thereby reducing any fermentation or decaying of food residues but also the peristaltic movement of the gut. Its vitamin B content supports carbohydrate metabolism, ensuring that sugars and starches are turned into water and carbonic acid gas (which can leave the body via the lungs, bowel and kidneys). The overall effect of this is to speed up the general metabolic process. The orotic acid content helps to reduce the acid wastes that are formed when fats are burnt in the body. This is important as excess acid wastes are stored as body fat, cholesterol or other solids such as fatty acids, uric acid and kidney stones an accumulation of which accelerates the ageing process and puts you at risk of disease.

Molkosan Vitality: What to take for best results

To benefit from Molkosan Vitality powder, simply add two heaped teaspoons of the powder (10g) to a glass (200ml) of cold water or unsweetened fruit juice and stir well. For best results you are advised to take it at least once a day for a month. It can also be used long-term to help maintain a healthy gut environment. There are no side effects or contraindications associated with its use, but you should be aware that taking a prebiotic supplement should not be seen as a replacement for following a healthy, nutritious diet.
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Sources:
1. Gibson, GR, Rastall, RA, 2006, Which bacteria should we be feeding when we eat dinner?, School of Food Biosciences, University of Reading.
2. Gibson, G.R. and Roberfroid, M.B. 1995, Dietary modulation of the human colonic microbiota: introducing the concept of prebiotics, Journal of Nutrition 125, 1401-1412.
3. Gibson, G.R., Berry Ottaway, P. and Rastall, R.A. 2000. Prebiotics: New Developments in Functional Foods, Chandos Publishing Limited, Oxford.
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Comments

  1. Maria Posted February 23, 2014

    Just started taking this product & already feel better in my tum constipation going plus bloating !! I suffer H pylori so hoping I can rid myself of this bad bacteria

  2. Debbie Squires Posted August 14, 2010

    Is it true that if you take Molkosan with a probiotic it works much better and helps you lose weight quicker .. what is the required amount to take a day to get the mosts benefits from Molkoson

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