Saccharomyces Boulardii (SB)
Saccharomyces boulardii (SB) is a live yeast packaged in capsules and sold over the counter in Europe to treat diarrhea. Studies suggest that SB protects the gut from amebas and cholera, may keep candida from spreading, alleviates diarrhea caused by c. difficile, Crohn's disease and diarrhea of unknown cause in PWAs, and traveller's diarrhea.
B vitamins as it becomes established and crowds out the unfriendly strains of yeast. It is then eliminated after supplementation is stopped. During use, friendly probiotic bacteria are allowed to colonize in the GI tract supporting micro-ecology. Saccharomyces boulardii has been shown to increase levels of secretory IgA and research has shown it to be effective against specific unfriendly microbes. SB or something it produces may prevent gut inflammation that causes diarrhea, by interfering with how various bugs bind to gut cells. SB might increase certain protective immune proteins that in turn kill the infection-causing bugs; and/or 3) SB might be a superior non-toxic competitor with amebas and candida in the intestine.
This microorganism helps to maintain a normal balance of friendly bacteria in the intestines, and belongs to a group of supplements referred to as "probiotics." Other well-known probiotics include the Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria in yogurt. Technically a yeast, saccharomyces boulardii (SB) is sold in supplement form and is widely used in Europe for preventing and treating various digestive disorders and other illnesses. It is particularly popular for controlling diarrhea associated with antibiotic use and the consumption of unfamiliar foods while traveling. It's also recommended for diarrhea related to the inflammatory bowel condition known as Crohn's disease. In addition, SB may be useful for people undergoing treatment for Candida overgrowth syndrome (COS). This is a controversial condition that many nutritionally oriented doctors contend is given little attention by conventional physicians. The ailment is believed to be caused by the overabundance of the yeast Candida albicans in the gastrointestinal tract.