Benefits of Bacteriophages

Benefits of Bacteriophages

Bacteriophages are viruses that play a unique symbiotic role with bacteria and have a beneficial interaction within the microbial population. They are the most abundant members of the gut microbiota. Our digestive tract ecosystem can be supported with the use of bacteriophages by regulating our existing bacterial population inside the digestive tract, unlike antibiotics. Phages can live, modify, and shape bacterial communities, bringing about positive changes in their diversity, abundance, and physiology. They translocate through the mucosa to lymph and internal organs.

Bacteriophages are viruses that infect and replicate only in bacterial cells. There are various bacteriophage families, all consisting of either DNA or RNA enclosed in a protein capsid. There are over 100 times more bacteriophages than human cells. Bacteriophages are highly species-specific, usually infecting only a single bacterial species or even specific strains within a species. Mixtures of multiple phages specific to an individual’s bacterial strains can provide a proliferation of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract.

They are critical mediators of genetic exchange between pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria. Therefore, they can help treat pathogenic bacterial infections in people and animals. Bacteriophages can be found in the oral cavity, gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, urine, and serum.

Incorporating bacteriophages to support the digestive tract:

Targeted action on harmful bacteria: Bacteriophages are highly specific in their ability to infect and kill bacteria. In the digestive tract, they can selectively target and eliminate harmful bacteria that may be causing digestive issues, such as diarrhea, bloating, or gut imbalances. Bacteriophages specifically target harmful bacteria while leaving beneficial ones unharmed. This preservation of beneficial bacteria is essential for maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, which plays a crucial role in digestion, nutrient absorption, immune function, and overall gut health.

Restoring gut balance: Imbalances in the gut microbiota, such as dysbiosis, have been associated with various gastrointestinal disorders. Bacteriophages have shown the ability to restore a healthier microbial balance by selectively targeting and reducing the levels of harmful bacteria while preserving beneficial bacteria.

Well-tolerated solution: Bacteriophages are generally well-tolerated, and adverse effects reported with their use are minimal. This makes them a potentially safer option for supporting the digestive tract. Phages are much more immunogenic than antimicrobial drugs and are rapidly cleared from the blood by the reticuloendothelial system.

When is the best time to introduce bacteriophages included in Molecular Provisions GI Balance to support your digestive health?

GI Balance is formulated with a combination of 7 strains of probiotics and 4 types of bacteriophages. These specific strains or species of bacteria allow for the precise targeting of problematic bacteria unique to an individual's gut microbiome, potentially improving treatment outcomes. The probiotics replenish the gut with beneficial bacteria, and the bacteriophages assist in targeting unwanted bacteria.

The specific strains in GI Balance support conditions such as:

  • IBS
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vaginitis
  • Gastrointestinal infections specifically from Salmonella or Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • SIBO
  • Reduce harmful bacteria found in gum disease

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice but for educational purposes only.

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