310 Nutrition says their 310 Shakes contain probiotics good for boosting immunity and promoting mental health. This immune-boosting feature of the shakes can be linked to specific probiotic and prebiotic strains found in the 310 Shakes and their respective health-promoting properties.
Below we discuss how these properties have been shown to boost immunity directly as well as any secondary functions that could indirectly boost immunity.
Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-14
This strain is known for its immune-boosting properties and its ability to inhibit common pathogens such as E. coli. Its ability to boost immunity was proven in a human trial where participants were orally vaccinated with the cholera vaccine and some were given a Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-14 supplement and the control group a placebo. By the end of the trial, those given the L. acidophilus LA-14 supplements showed signs of developing specific immunity at a faster rate, thereby linking this strain to the stimulation of increased immunity.
As mentioned earlier, L. acidophilus has the ability to inhibit common pathogens such as E. coli; this stems from its ability to compete with pathogens for space on intestinal walls and for nutrition, along with its ability to produce compounds that inhibit pathogens.
Bifidobacterium lactis BL-04
Known for its ability to improve specific immune response and regulation as well as maintain and restore the microbe population in the intestine after antibiotic therapy. Its ability to boost immunity was demonstrated in a study similar to the one conducted using L. acidophilus LA-14 with the results also showing that B. lactis Bl-04 stimulated specific immunity. However, it’s regulatory properties were observed in an in vitro study and evidence was found to strengthen the case for it having anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a response of your immune system, thus if B. lactis Bl-04 has anti-inflammatory properties it could play a role in immune system regulation.
Antibiotics are known to impair the strength of one’s immune system by directly affecting the immune cells’ functionality. Thus, B. lactis Bl-04’s ability to not only maintain the microbe population after antibiotic therapy but to also restore the population to its former glory, allows the health and integrity of the digestive tract to be returned to balance more quickly, which in turn will lead to a faster recovery of the immune system.
Lactobacillus Gasseri LG-36
This has been shown to reduce populations of H. pylori; H. pylori is an infection that is one of the major causes of digestive-related illnesses such as Acid Reflux, gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers. Thus, by reducing the populations of H. pylori, Lactobacillus Gasseri LG-36 can reduce the risks related to developing these illnesses.
While this function of Lactobacillus Gasseri LG-36 does not directly impact the immune system, it does so indirectly. The body is a chain of interconnected systems and if something goes wrong in one system in the chain it will result in things going wrong in the others. Especially if the impacted chain is the digestive system, which provides the nutrients and energy necessary for all the other systems in the chain to function. Thus, while Lactobacillus Gasseri LG-36 does not directly contribute to immunity enhancement, it does protect the source of the immune system’s energy, and for this reason, it’s a great addition to 310 Shakes.
Lactobacillus plantarum LP01
This strain of probiotic does not do anything to directly promote the immunity of the body, however it has been shown to prevent and even alleviate the symptoms of vaginal infection. It does so by stimulating a biofilm in the vaginal region, thereby preventing infections from taking root. This effect is long-term, as the Lactobacillus plantarum LP01 adheres itself to the epithelial cells of the vagina.
This, of course, does not directly boost the immune system, but it acts as a first line of defense to prevent infections of this type from gaining a foothold; one could say it helps the immune system by giving it one less thing to concern itself about.
Chicory oligo fructose
This compound usually found in fruits is not a probiotic like its predecessors but rather a prebiotic. A prebiotic is defined as non-digestible and able to stimulate the growth and activity of bacteria in the colon. While this function does not directly boost the immune system like B. lactis Bl-04 and L. acidophilus La-14, it does improve the health of the digestive tract.
The digestive tract provides all other systems in the body the energy and nutrients they need to function, including the immune system. So, while these prebiotics do not directly boost immunity, they do so indirectly.
These four probiotic strains and the prebiotic strain found in the 310 Shakes have all shown signs of either directly boosting immunity or preventing the compromise of the immune system by preventing harmful bacteria to infect the body; thereby indirectly boosting the immune system.