What is FloraSMART? FloraSMART is a blend of probiotics (lactic bacteria) which is formulated to provide 'friendly bacteria' to the intestinal tract and colon. This helps to ensure that the bacterial environment in the intestine and colon is at an optimal level for good health. How Is It Delivered? FloraSMART uses Bio-TractTM delivery technology which is engineered to deliver probiotics to their optimal location in the intestinal tract. Bio-TractTM is a patented, controlled delivery technology developed specifically for micro-organisms. Bio-Tract's protective layer ensures the product is less susceptible to heat, moisture, and oxidative stress, making FloraSMART more stable at room temperature. What does it do? FloraSMART's blend of 6 probiotic strains helps to ensure a healthy microbacterial environment in the intestinal tract. The term 'probiotic' means supporting life. Probiotics are friendly, beneficial bacteria. While there are hundreds of different strains of bacteria that live in the digestive tract, two of the most prevalent types of beneficial bacteria are lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum. These bacteria (as well as others) are normal inhabitants of the large and small intestines. Probiotics are a very important part of a healthy digestive system. Recent research shows that probiotics help improve gastrointestinal functions, respiratory and allergy responses, as well as help to counter the negative effects of antibiotic use. Probiotics support the immune system, balance the intestinal environment and inhibit the growth of pathogenic organisms (i.e. Candida albicans). Further, these beneficial bacteria help the body to 1) produce vitamins, 2) digest foods, and 3) control overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus. Probiotics normally present a barrier to invading organisms. However when they are impaired through stress, illness, antibiotics treatment, or changes to the diet, they can be disrupted. Bifidobacteria are known to be involved in resisting the colonisation of pathogens in the large bowel. Adherence of lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria to the cell wall of the intestines, has been shown to prevent pathogens such as E-coli, salmonella & Yersina pseudotuberculosis (Macfarlane & Cummings). How does it work? FloraSMART uses the Bio-TractTM delivery technology, which delivers probiotics through the harsh environment of the stomach and into the intestinal tract where they can be utilized. After swallowing the FloraSMART tablet, a protective gel layer surrounds the tablet and effectively isolates the bacteria (probiotics) to reduce harmful interaction with the acidic environment in the stomach. Once passing through the stomach, it releases the probiotics in a controlled fashion over time, delivering the living bacteria to the small intestines so that it can populate throughout the intestinal tract. This is different from other probiotic supplements, where the majority of the probiotics are destroyed in the stomach, leaving very little left to be delivered to the intestinal tract. How do I take it? Take 1 tablet per day. Do not crush or chew. What Can I Expect? Most people report improved digestive health. If you have yeast infections or intestinal Candida, FloraSMART can help reduce or eliminate these symptoms. Probiotics can help boost immunity with regular use and are useful in helping those with chronic constipation.