I wanted to write about a little known supplement that is great to have for your “summer wellness kit”- Saccharomyces Boulardii, pronounced “sack-a-row-my-sees boo-lar-dee”. This tricky named supplement is actually a probiotic yeast that is amazing for preventing and treating diarrhea from all causes. It’s absolutely fantastic for preventing “traveler’s diarrhea”.
Saccharomyces Boulardii is probably best known for its use for in hospitals for preventing and treating antibiotic resistant bacteria like C. diff (Clostridium difficile) and MRSA. It works in part by preventing bad bacteria from adhering to the intestinal lining, flushing them out of the body before they are able to do harm.
Hospitals routinely give patients one capsule of Saccharomyces Boulardii to treat antibiotic resistant bacteria, and it has even been recommended that people who are scheduled for surgery to begin taking Saccharomyces Boulardii in advance to aid in preventing hospital acquired infections.
Saccharomyces Boulardii, like all probiotics, are only beneficial, without negative side effects. It has been researched in people of all ages, including young children, for its protective benefits and safety.
It’s a wonderful supplement to have on hand while traveling, particularly for people going on a cruise or out of the country since it has such an effective protective effect on diarrhea (something no one wants to deal with when they’re on vacation!).
In particular, we would recommend the Jarrow brand Saccharomyces Boulardii, which we have in a variety of sizes, including foil packs for traveling. Since we’re writing about it this month, we’ll be offering all of our Jarrow brand Saccharomyces Boulardii on sale during the month of June for 25% off.