(Lp299v™) is an extensively researched probiotic strain, which has been a regular part of the food intake of humans for a long time – dating back 1.5 million years B.C. It frequently occurs spontaneously, in high numbers, and in most lactic acid fermented foods, especially when the food is based on plant material, for example, in brined olives, capers, sauerkraut, salted gherkins and sour-dough.
This probiotic strain was originally identified and isolated from the human GI tract and is noted for its pronounced ability to attach to human mucosal cells. Lp299v™ is known for its ability to survive the acidic conditions of the stomach thus helping to maintain digestive wellness along with supporting those suering from excess flatulence, bloating and abdominal discomfort.
Studies reveal the ability of Lp299v™ to survive the intestinal environment after ingestion, resulting in a significant decrease in flatulence and softer stools. Furthermore, the overall bacterial diversity of the gut flora in humans has been shown to increase after supplementation of Lp299v.™
One of the most researched areas in relation to Lp299v™ is regarding excess flatulence, bloating and abdominal discomfort which can be associated with gastrointestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Studies have shown that Lp299v™ is a probiotic strain able to relieve such symptoms.
Whilst the mechanisms are not fully understood it is thought that the bloating and pain experienced by those with IBS might be due to abnormal colonic fermentation giving rise to an excess of gas production. Intestinal permeability (otherwise known as ‘leaky gut’) is characterised by large particles ‘leaking’ through the intestinal wall into the blood circulation and is a likely cause of various conditions, such as allergies and metabolic disturbances. Lp299v™ may help with the symptoms of leaky gut by improving the intestinal barrier function.