Fem-Dophilus contains two patented and clinically tested strains of probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-l and Lactobacillus reuteri RC 14TM, discovered and developed by Drs. Gregor Reid and Andrew Bruce of Urex Biotech. Research has confirmed that GR-1 and RC-14 taken as an oral supplement colonize and protect the vaginal tract. Over twenty years of clinical trials has shown that GR-1 and RO-14 help to restore and maintain the balance of flora important to vaginal health and the health of the urinary tract overall.
This, patented product is manufactured at a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) pharmaceutical facility under strict quality control to ensure potency and consistency. The probiotic strains in Fem-Dophilus are delivered in a proprietary polysaccharide matrix that protects the bacteria from stomach acid and enhances the survival of these species as they reach the intestinal tract.
How Probiotics Support Vaginal Health
Daily support for the gastrointestinal tract by orally taking friendly microflora is important for many health reasons. Purchasers of other Jarrow FORMULAS probiotics products are already aware of the many health benefits that can be experienced from supplementing with beneficial bacteria, i.e. probiotics. For instance, Jarro-Dophilus EPS is designed to boost the natural "friendly" bacteria of the gut by supplying useful amounts of the most beneficial strains that are needed to maintain a healthy intestinal environment. Jarro-Dophilus EPS is a compatible blend of friendly bacteria designed to restore the proper intestinal balance. Restoring the balance of microorganisms to the gut both helps to crowd out unwanted organisms and promote proper immune response, as well. Less well known is the fact that special strains of probiotic bacteria active in the digestive tract also contribute to vaginal health.
It has been established that women with an unhealthy intestinal microflora profile are at a higher risk of developing urogenital infections. Fortunately, scientific findings indicate that supportive microflora capable of colonizing the vagina can play an important role in maintaining health. This suggests that the daily ingestion of certain probiotics might provide a natural, safe and effective means of contributing to a healthful balance of microorganisms in both the intestinal and vaginal tracts.
Clinical research supports the proposition that proper use of oral probiotics can do just this. For instance, researchers have shown this in the article, "Oral use of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and L. fermentum RC-14 significantly alters vaginal flora: randomized, placebo-control led trial in 64 healthy women." (FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol 2003;35:131-134.)