What are probiotics?
Firefighters use fire to fight fire. Similarly, we can use good bacteria to fight bad. These good bacteria are known probiotics. They naturally exist in the bodies of pretty much all species on this planet. Probiotics are our allies and our weapons, our key to optimal health and counter balance against the bad forces in nature. Probiotics are the soldiers and technology that we bring forth to defend us from disease causing forces. Probiotics are chemists with a very wide chemical arsenal for surgical precision operations.
Probiotics consist of different types of friendly and beneficial microorganisms. They have assisted in maintaining the lives of humans and other animals, aquatic life, insects, plants and soil since the beginning of time.
Why are probiotics important for livestock?
At Strong Microbials, we believe that microbial challenges require microbial solutions. Decades of experience with using live microbes for agricultural applications, enables us to innovate through creation of products from leading science research and our library of beneficial microbial strains. The most important microbial attributes that we select are those related to beneficial functions in the gut, such as optimal digestion of feed and availability of nutrients, inhibition of pathogen proliferation, and stimulation of the innate immune system of animals. We also ensure that the microbes selected are super hardy and will be able to survive the travel to their destination, during product production and when it reaches the animal.
Can probiotics defeat viruses?
Gut bacteria plays the most important role in modulating the immune system. The stimulation of gut mucus production results in increase of health-supporting and disease-fighting factors. Probiotics provide defense by activating the body’s own immune response. Probiotics have an ability to colonize the gut and interact and stimulate the immune system by boosting population of cells that seek and destroy infecting organisms, cancers and viruses. The immune system makes proteins called antibodies that fight pathogens, toxins and viruses. One of the most common antibodies found in animals is csecretory IgA (Immunoglobulin A) and is found in mucous membranes. IgA binds to the bacterial pathogen or virus, deactivates it and presents it to the immune cells for destruction. Adequate levels of IgA in the mucus layer prevents viruses from infecting cells and hacking their cellular machinery for reproduction. Same results are reported for other immunoglobulins in animals and immune peptides in insects.
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