The intestinal flora – one of the body's largest organs
The intestinal flora, i.e. the intestine with its bacteria and other microorganisms, is one of the body's largest organs. Research shows that the intestinal flora is important for how we feel and that it is affected by the food we eat [ 2 ] . Through the food, the intestinal flora constantly comes into contact with other microorganisms. Some microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria, including bifidobacteria, are naturally found in food and have been used in fermented (acidified) foods for millennia.
As many as 20 billion live bacteria per daily dose
A+ Happy Belly contains a combination of live lactic acid bacteria and digestive enzymes. The product contains 5 different strains of lactic acid bacteria with as many as 20 billion live bacteria per daily dose.
Live lactic acid bacteria help to balance the intestinal flora and improve the breakdown and absorption of food [ 2 , 3 , 4 ] . Lactic acid bacteria found in A+ Happy Belly can relieve discomfort experienced with an imbalanced stomach, such as problems with bloating, gas or other discomforts and is also important in combating constipation by stimulating bowel movements when needed [5,6] .
Digestive enzymes secreted along the digestive tract to break down food into nutrients and waste. The enzymes help with the breakdown of protein, carbohydrates and fat in particular. Protease enzymes break down protein, amylase enzymes break down carbohydrates and lipase enzymes break down fat. The food must be broken down into small enough components for the nutrients to be absorbed by the blood. When the body cannot produce or secrete enough enzymes, this insufficiency can also lead to gas and bloating.
Digestive enzymes together with lactic acid bacteria can counteract imbalances
Several studies show that digestive enzymes and gut bacteria work in close cooperation and that they promote each other's functions [ 7 , 8 ] . For example, both protease and amylase enzymes can increase the activity of our gut bacteria. Even when taking antibiotics, studies have shown that digestive enzymes together with lactic acid bacteria can counteract imbalances in the intestinal flora.
Prebiotics (FOS) and calcium
In addition to probiotics, A+ Happy Belly also contains so-called prebiotics that act as food for the beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and thus help support their growth. In A+ Happy Belly, prebiotics are used in the form of FOS (fructooligosaccharides), which are naturally occurring carbohydrates that are found in small amounts in vegetables but also in certain fruits and grains. The product also contains calcium , which contributes to the normal function of the digestive enzymes [ 1 ] .
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