“What are proprietary probiotics?”

“Now they are talking everywhere about the so-called “own” probiotics. I’ve read a lot about them and heard about their benefits, but I don’t understand exactly how they work and why they are worse than classic probiotics. What is interesting now in this area, and what is worth paying attention to?”

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Specialist’s response:

The world is really changing rapidly, and today there are deeper analyzers that allow scientists and doctors to constantly update knowledge about our body and the processes that occur in it.  To begin with, just remember that probiotics are living functional microorganisms that positively affect the microflora in the intestine. One of the latest, if I may say so, trends in this area is the creation of a person’s own probiotics.

This technology is currently being actively developed at the Institute of Experimental Medicine in St. Petersburg. Technically, this happens as follows: a person takes feces from which his own probiotics are isolated in the laboratory, bring them to the desired concentration — the one that would already have medicinal value, and then create a unique probiotic, completely tailored by nature to a specific patient.

When can this be useful? Always, but especially when you are recovering after surgery or after taking antibiotics for a long time, or, in principle, you are now in a state of imbalance and your own microbiota is clearly not enough. Why are “own probiotics” so interesting to doctors?

The fact is that many specialists do not really trust probiotics from the pharmacy, since very often they simply do not take root in the intestine: most often they simply transit. That is, while you are taking this or that drug, there is no result, but as soon as the cancellation happens, the positive effect also ends.

Pharmacy preparations usually pass through the body, leaving behind a very small percentage of beneficial microorganisms. It is for this reason that modern doctors are increasingly trying to prescribe prebiotics (conditionally, food for their own bacteria), or their own probiotics. 

I am often asked — do I need to take probiotics all the time? This is an interesting point. Here it is necessary to start from the patient himself and from the symptoms. In any case, it is necessary to conduct at least minimal research. It is clear that now no one passes feces for dysbiosis. Because, for example, it is very difficult to take the “material” to the laboratory and properly sow it on a Petri dish, properly cultivate the culture. Much is lost. There are laboratories that try to do this and immediately give a test tube with a preservative home. So this option is possible.

Another of the modern methods I would call the analysis by the Osipov HMS method. However, there is another problem here – few people know how to interpret it. And, of course, you need to donate blood. In essence, everything should come down to the fact that if the doctor sees from the tests that your own intestinal microbiota is in an imbalance, if there are violations, then you need to take probiotics until the situation normalizes.

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