I love kombucha and not just because it tastes fantastic but because it has a special probiotic called Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii). It is an incredible probiotic and when you make kombucha you can get lots of this powerful probiotic yeast. S. boulardii is one of the most researched probiotics and has been used worldwide to support gastrointestinal health. To be an effective probiotic it must survive its passage to the colon. This means it needs to survive at the body temperature of 98 degrees and be resistant to stomach and bile acids, and then survive the complex diverse microbial world of the intestinal tract. S. boulardii does this and more, and it’s resistant to antibiotics, heat, and stomach acids. It has been used in hospitals to help with acute diarrhea in children and adults, offering support for Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bowel disorders, AIDS patients, children with autism, and inflammatory bowel disease. If you need to take an antibiotic, it’s a powerful probiotic to take since it’s resistant to antibiotics and it also will assist you if you find yourself with Candida overgrowth.
A special Probiotic
The probiotic that inhibits Candida
controls toxins and pathogens Candida
S. boulardii is absent from the natural gut since it is a transient yeast that passes through the intestines after ingestion. If taken every day, it achieves a steady stream in the colon within 3 days and is cleared from the stools 2–5 days later.2 It does not attach to the mucosal cell lining, but works its magic on you as it moves through the gastrointestinal tract. When S. boulardii is present, it inhibits toxins from binding to intestinal receptors and steals the metabolites it needs to survive. Thus many pathogens pass out of the body unable to survive in the presence of this powerful probiotic. They even found that other pathogen strains like E. coli, Salmonella typhimurium, and S. typhi adhere to the surface of S. boulardii, thus preventing them from attaching to the mucosal lining and passing through the body rendering them harmless.
The discovery of Saccharomyces boulardii
Kombucha the Wonder Drink
When I discovered that S. boulardii was in kombucha and was helping a friend with acute diarrhea (when nothing else would), I did more and more research on this powerful probiotic, only to find more benefits from making and consuming kombucha. Kombucha is fun to make and I have lots of recipes. I encourage you to discover the power that fermented foods can bring to your life. Not only is the taste of fermented foods unique and delicious, but they contain what we need to support the body in so many ways. I’m having some now while I write . . . and every day.
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- Systematic review and meta-analysis of Saccharomyces boulardii in adult patients
- Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745 supports regeneration of the intestinal microbiota after diarrheic dysbiosis – a review
- Review article: yeast as probiotics — Saccharomyces boulardii.
- A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter trial of saccharomyces boulardii in irritable bowel syndrome: effect on quality of life.
- [Treatment of acute diarrhea: prescription patterns by private practice pediatricians].