Bifidobacterium breve is one bacteria that is good to include in your probiotic supplement.
Why, you ask?
Because the different strains of Bifidobacterium vary a lot in their ability to activiate dendritic cells (which play a key role in T cell function) thereby boosting immune response.
The breve strain is one of the best in their ability to activiate dendritic cells.
Yes you heard me right - the breve strain is one of the best at boosting immune response.
It has proven useful in helping very low birth weight premature babies survive1 which has to be an indicator of its ability to help "move things along" in the intestine, to control inflamation and protect the gut mucosal layers.
This ability of the intestinal tract to move content thorough is often under developed in these tiny premmies and causes major life threatening problems for them.
So where can you find Bifidobacterium breve? It is in a number of multi probiotics including Iflora and Immupprobio.
Iflora is one of my favourite probiotics as it has helped so many people. It is a multi probiotic with a diverse range of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium - includingB breve in it.
You can buy Sedona Labs Iflora Multi-Probiotic Formula from Amazon.
The full list of probiotics within Iflora is:
If you live in the UK you can still buy it. iFlora Multi Probiotic 60 Capsules. Unfortunately this wonderful probiotic has been reviewed by one person and rated badly. It is exactly the same probiotic as that sold in the USA where it has alnost 200 great reviews!
Another supplement that includes the breve strain in Immuprobio. What I particularly like about Immuprobio is that this is one of the few multi-probiotics that tell you how much of B breve is in the supplement. In this case, it is a respectable 200 million colony forming units in each capsule.
Whilst 200 million is not a lot - the fact is, there aren't any supplements that will give you this one in a decent amount. So - my theory - accept the 200 million and be grateful that you know at all!Immuprobio 50 Billion Cultures 30 Cap Bottle
You'll note that the list of ingredients is slightly different from Iflora.
Other desirable features of this one are: Wheat Free, Dairy/ Milk Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Yeast Free, Preservative Free, Vegan, Free of Artificial Colors/Flavors, Vegetarina Capsule.
1. Braga TD, da Silva GA, de Lira PI, de Carvalho Lima M. Efficacy of Bifidobacterium breve and Lactobacillus casei oral supplementation on necrotizing enterocolitis in very-low-birth-weight preterm infants: a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Jan;93(1):81-6. Epub 2010 Oct 27.
2. Patricia López, Irene González-Rodríguez, Miguel Gueimonde, Abelardo Margolles, Ana Suárez. Immune Response to Bifidobacterium bifidum Strains Support Treg/Th17 Plasticity. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9): e24776.