Align, a popular probiotic supplement, contains a well-studied "good" bacterium that has the benefit of treating a variety of gastrointestinal diseases.
As the medical community focuses more and more on the way bacteria that occur naturally in the body affect a variety of illnesses ranging from Crohn's disease to depression to yeast infections, it has become clear that not all probiotics are good for treating every condition.
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Align, made by Procter & Gamble,
is advertised as a product that can help "fortify your digestive system." The particular strain of probiotic this alternative health supplement contains, Bifidobacterium infantis 35624, has been used in multiple research studies to focus on various medical problems. According to the Align website
, this product is the only one to carry this particular strain, which the company refers to as a shortened, and patented, "Bifantis."
The Bifantis website
lists a variety of clinical studies done using the specific strain of probiotics found in Align. Successful research studies of Bifantis has been shown to affect irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis symptoms, according to research linked on the website.
According to WebMD
, taking B. infantis 35624 for eight weeks appears to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, specifically bloating and gas, although it does not increase bowel movements. A mix of Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, and Streptococcus affects bloating.
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The Bifantis website also offered an extensive list of preclinical publications
about B. infantis 35624, with explorations into the effects of the probiotic strain on other medical conditions, including depression and the body's immune response.
Align contains 1 billion colony-forming units, or CFUs, of B. infantis 35624, and is designed to be in a dosage of one pill daily, according to the website. For those who are allergic, the product contains milk. No interactions between Align and any other medications, foods, or dietary supplements have been reported. Some people report experiencing bloating and gas when they first start taking the probiotic, but that typically goes away over time.
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