Identification and Description:
R-Garden’s L. Salivarius is a species of Lactobacillus of the strain salivarius. It is described as a slender, nonsporulating (non-spore making for reproduction), non-motile (not capable of or exhibiting spontaneous motion), gram-positive rod of varying length. L. Salivarius is classified as a bacteria that prefers an oxygen environment, but is able to live and grow without oxygen present. L. Salivarius is an unusual lactobacilli in that it liquefies gelatin and has the ability to rapidly digest proteins. This lactobacilli produces acid, without gas, during the fermentation of glucose. Each capsule contains a pure culture count of approximately 9 billion per capsule and doubles its population approximately every 20 minutes. Stable populations are maintained as long as there is an ample carbon food source available.
R-Garden’s L. Salivarius is a bacteria that prefers an oxygen environment, but is capable of living and growing in its absence. Although there are numerous bacterial supplements offered to the public, most of these are organisms that can live and grow only in the absence of oxygen. These organisms are effective only for the breaking down of complex molecules into organic compounds, and in the process producing acid. What this means, is that the working acidophilus and bifidus organisms that survive the digestive process (approximately 2 to 10%) produce an acid environment by glucose fermentation. This acid environment suppresses the favorable conditions for the organisms present in the rotting organic matter in the intestines. These organisms are what produce the toxic chemicals found in the urine, which make up the urinary indican index. The amount of indican found in the urine has been widely used to measure the concentration of rotting organic matter in the intestines. Indican is formed when indole (a compound from the breakdown of Tryptophane [an amino acid] by bacteria) is acted upon by the liver in the process of conjugation (the joining of one celled organisms). High amounts of indican in the urine would indicate high levels of other products in the rotting organic matter in the intestines, such as phenol (a strong corrosive poison dangerous to tissue) and skatole (a foul smelling substance produced from the decomposition of protein) which for the most part escapes the detoxifying action of the liver. Having bypassed the liver, these toxins enter the general circulation where they can produce structural and functional changes in tissues, aggravate an existing condition and put unnecessary stress on the immune system before being excreted by the kidneys. These toxins are small proteins which are easily absorbed into the bloodstream, even through an intact stomach or intestinal muscle layer.
L. Salivarius, being highly active on proteins, is able to act on these protein toxins while still in the intestinal tract. By removing this burden from the organs of elimination, it allows these organs to complete their functions with much greater efficiency. L. Salivarius, being a species of lactobacilli, also produces acid by fermentation, creating an environment less favorable to the organisms found in the rotting organic matter in the intestines.
Completion of the Digestive Process:
The digestion of proteins begins in the acid environment of the pyloric portion of the stomach where pepsinogen is converted to pepsin, an enzyme which breaks proteins into proteoses and peptones, but not into individual amino acids. To be active, pepsin, must be in a medium below a pH of 4.0. Many people have an ability to produce a sufficient quantity and quality of Hydrochloric acid to achieve this pH factor which then leaves enzymes to complete the breakdown of protein during transit through the small intestine where absorption takes place. The presence of L. Salivarius in the small intestine – primarily the jejunum and ileum could insure more efficient protein absorption due to its protein digestive capabilities. By increasing protein availability and absorption, we supply the body with the necessary elements to produce hormones and enzymes, as well as maintain nutritional integrity.
Resident flora as a potential pathogen:
Over 95% of all the types of organisms of the lower intestinal tract, consists of organisms that can live and grow only in the absence of oxygen. The organisms that prefer an oxygen environment, but are capable of living and growing in its absence, comprise only 3-4% of the intestinal organisms. It is possible however for infection to result when the natural level of resistance is reduced to the degree that normal intestinal organisms are able to grow and flourish in areas where they otherwise could not penetrate, or if they did invade would be killed by the immune system. Under certain conditions, like impaired immune functions, even an organism that is associated with another organism may become a pathogen (one that changes structure or functions). Changes in the predominant resident organisms can also lead to the harmful overgrowth of either resident organisms earlier present in small numbers, or transient organisms that are normally kept in check. L. Salivarius could prove to be very valuable to anyone undergoing therapies (like antibiotics, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment) that could create interruptions in the immune system by killing off all good resident organisms.
L. Salivarius usage and possible reactions:
Dosage: For best results use on an empty stomach with eight to twelve ounces of pure water. The usual adult dosage is one to two capsules daily.
Detoxification and possible reactions: Although R-Garden’s L. Salivarius is in no way harmful, some reactions may be experienced. The following temporary conditions have been reported:
- Changes in stool consistency: Loose bowels may be experienced for a short time – usually three to seven days.
- Changes in intestinal pH: As intestinal pH is normalized people may experience slight gas pressure or cramping. This reaction is temporary, while the pH changes from alkaline to acid.
- Reduction in stool volume: Some users have reported a reduction in stool volume.