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Lorettasun
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posted 11-01-1998 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lorettasun   Click Here to Email Lorettasun     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been taking two acidophilus with FOS capsules before dinner every night and it seems to have helped. Yesterday a friend of mine sent over Acidophilus without the FOS and you don't have to refrigerate until you open it. I don't want to hurt her feelings but I don't know is this will do as good a job as the one with FOS. The one with FOS cost about $25 for 100 capsules and this only cost about $5 for 100 capsules. I can't understand the difference in price. The one with FOS really seemed to help and I don't want to ruin that. I just thought if anyone had some knowledge about this they could let me know. Thank you.

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posted 11-01-1998 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FOS is in honey and asparagus among other foods, so you are probably paying the company a hefty profit.

Lorettasun
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posted 11-01-1998 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lorettasun   Click Here to Email Lorettasun     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Flux: I was hoping you would respond. I've only been on this BB for almost one month and already I respect your opinion. Thank you very much.

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posted 11-01-1998 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GIJoe   Click Here to Email GIJoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lorettasun,

I also have had awesome success with FOS based acidophilus. I think this is due to the fact that FOS is a sugar that survives the stomaches acid and feeds the good bifidus bacteria in the intestines. I have my doubts however that acidophilus can survive the acid in the stomach. Knowing this, I would have to assume that FOS even by itself would be of great help.

P.S. I don't know about you but I have found honey to be a great irritant to the intestines.

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posted 11-01-1998 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stomach acid does not react with sugars. FOS, which includes sugars like fucose, is particularly good for bacteria because they have enzymes to digest it. Humans and yeasts do not. In fact, the colon makes its own FOS for the bacteria. The bacteria, in turn, make SCFAs, including vinegar, for the colon.

GIJoe is correct that many strains of acidophilous probably do not survive the stomach and bile acides. Lactobacilus GG is a known exception.

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