A Vegan Probiotic for Infants - or People Who Never Received a Good Bacterial Implant from Birth
Life Start Vegan Based probiotic powder® can help relieve occasional diarrhea, constipation, bloating, cramps, excessive gas and abdominal discomfort. Life Start Vegan contains Bifidobacterium infantis, the “good” bacteria that is most prominent in infants.
Serving Size: 1/4 tsp. (0.5 gram) - 1 billion cfu
Servings Per Container: approx. 70
Ingredient Amounts per Serving:
- Bifidobacterium infantis (Super Strain NLS) - 1 billion colony forming units (cfu) per 1/4 tsp
- Vitamin C - 6 mg
Other ingredients: Organic whole grain brown rice milk concentrate, organic whole grain brown rice protein, cellulose powder, and organic brown rice syrup solids.
Supplement Facts: Please see the secondary product image above.
Suggested Use for Babies: For bottle-fed babies: 1/4 level teaspoon daily. Mix probiotic powder with a small amount of unchilled filtered water and give by dropper or add to bottle and mix well. You can also put the 1/4 tsp of powder into a small soy sauce dish, dip your finger in it and then either let baby suck it off your finger, or rub it around baby's gums. Keep going until all the powder has been consumed.
Suggested Use for Adults: Take 1/2 - 1 tsp. probiotic powder 1 to 3 times per day on an empty stomach (20 minutes before food, or 2 hours after food). You can mix the contents in room temperature water (best), or yoghurt.
Pregnant women: Beginning at the third trimester of pregnancy, take 1/2 to one teaspoon stirred into unchilled, filtered water daily, along with your own program of probiotic supplements.
Nursing mothers: While nursing your baby, continue taking your own Healthy Trinity®, plus 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Life Start® stirred into unchilled, filtered water daily. If your child is a "lazy nurser," you may mix Life Start® well with a small amount of unchilled, filtered water and give by dropper, or even dab a little diluted Life Start® on your nipples.
Contains no artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. Added benefits from the natural supernatant (culturing medium) are maintained by Natren®'s proprietary Trenev Process®. 100% potency guaranteed through the printed expiration date.
Babies born vaginally to healthy mothers receive their initial supply of beneficial bacteria on their passage through the birth canal. This bacteria encourages the formation of antibodies against undesirable bacteria and viruses. It is important for infants to continue getting beneficial bacteria to help them develop healthy bodies. It is especially important to give Life Start® or Life Start 2® (Goat)to babies delivered in hospital rooms or especially by cesarean section, since they don't have the advantage of getting the beneficial live bacteria from their mother as they pass through the birth canal. Since acidophilus is not the prominent beneficial microorganism in healthy, breast-fed infants. acidophilus supplementation is not recommended for infants except for during short periods of acute infection, and only on the advice of a physician. After weaning, acidophilus increases and Bifidobacteria colonize and become prominent in the large intestine.
Using Life Start®, Life Start 2 (Goat Based)®, or Life Start Vegan stimulates better weight gain through nitrogen retention, which is especially important for formula-fed infants. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should also take Life Start® along with their regular regimen of Healthy Trinity® in order to give their baby the best start possible. Mothers on a course of antibiotics who are also breast-feeding should give their babies Life Start® or Life Start 2® when beginning their antibiotic course. Even breast-fed babies need the benefits of probiotics to encourage optimal health.
- Produces the lactase enzyme which digests milk sugar and may help to offset lactose intolerance.
- Produces natural lactic, acetic and formic acid which help to keep the intestinal tract slightly acidic and inhibit the growth of undesirable yeast and bacteria.
- May encourage faster weight gain via nitrogen retention.
- Assists in the absorption of calcium and other nutrients.
- When given right after birth, helps to establish an optimal flora - found to be a key component in helping to deter predisposition to allergies and asthma.
When to Use Life Start Probiotics for Babies:
- After antibiotic therapy
- When breast feeding isn't possible
- After delivery by cesarean section
- After immunizations
- When there are dietary changes
- When traveling
- For intestinal disturbances, which might indicate the desirability of Bifidobacteria
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Although b. infantis was originally used only for infants, recent clinical trials have shown vast improvement when used by adults with IBS.
For my readers, we have found that when they have trouble tolerating probiotics, it is often helpful to start with b. infantis - the theory being that they missed this "starter probiotic" at birth and early infancy. So their healing involves going back to the beginning with b. infantis and then gradually adding in the other species (bulgaricus, bifidus, acidophilus) over time.