Probiotics are known primarily for their gastrointestinal and digestion benefits. The probiotic Saccharomyces Boulardii is a non-pathogenic yeast, believed to be a strain of Baker’s Yeast, that can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions from problems with general digestion to yeast infections and possibly even acne. Saccharomyces Boulardii is often used to promote gastrointestinal health as it replenishes the body’s natural flora in the small and large intestine to restore balance in the gut. Once in the gastrointestinal tract, it remains there and does not spread to other areas of the body.
Saccharomyces Boulardii survives stomach acid and begins to colonize in the intestinal tract. It then goes to work fighting off bad bacteria and yeast that can cause disease. In addition to supporting gastrointestinal health, Saccharomyces Boulardii can boost the immune system.
Saccharomyces Boulardii is commonly used to treat diarrhea resulting from bacterial overgrowth, use of antibiotics, and traveler’s diarrhea. It may also have the capacity to prevent diarrhea. Saccharomyces Boulardii can be beneficial in treating other digestion problems as well, such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel syndrome among many other conditions.
Conditions Possibly Helped by Saccharomyces Boulardii
• General digestion problems
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
• Inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBD, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis),
• Lyme disease
• Relapsing Clostridium difficile colitis
• Bacterial overgrowth in short bowel syndrome
• Lactose intolerance
• Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
• Vaginal and Candida-related (yeast) Infections
• High Cholesterol Levels
• Adolescent Acne
• Elevated sedimentation rate may occur when used to treat Crohn’s disease
• Has rarely been associated with fungemia in both immunecompromised and immunecompetent patients
Diseases in Which to Avoid Saccharomyces Boulardii
• Immunodeficiency: It is possible that immunocompromised or critical ill patients taking Saccaromyces boulardii might have an increased risk for fungemia.
• Patients with yeast allergy may be allergic to Saccharomyces Boulardii.
Currently there are not any known interactions between Saccharomyces Boulardii and other herbs, supplements or foods, so this should not be an issue when taking this supplement.
Saccharomyces Boulardii Should be taken orally for antibiotic-associated diarrhea
• Saccharomyces boulardii 250-500 mg two to four times a day
• For Clostridium difficile diarrhea, Saccharomyces boulardii 1 gram daily for 4 weeks along with antibiotic therapy.
• For Crohn’s disease, Saccharomyces boulardii 250 mg three times daily for up to 9 weeks. (Saccharomyces boulardii 1 gram daily in combination with conventional treatment has also been used)
• For ulcerative colitis, Saccharomyces boulardii 205 mg three times daily