Streptococcus thermophiles ST138

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What is Streptococcus thermophiles ST138?

Streptococcus thermophiles is a popular probiotic strain and is often used in probiotic mixtures. S. Thermophilus is used to make lactic acid, so you can find it in fermented products such as yogurt. And because this bacterial strain breaks down lactose in an acidic environment, it is also often recommended for people with lactose intolerance.

Streptococcus thermophilus can positively influence the immune system, supports the health of the large intestine and protects against irritation of the small intestine. Research shows that S. Thermophilus can be useful in chemotherapy by protecting the intestinal tissue against irritation caused by administration of the drug. This strain of bacteria is also used for antibiotic-related diarrhea (AAD), because antibiotics kill good bacteria and sometimes cause harmful bacteria to grow, often resulting in diarrhea. Another study shows that S. Thermophilus correlates with better growth in children.

 

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Why choosing Streptococcus thermophiles ST138?

Fermedics’ probiotics are manufactured to the highest standard and based on years of scientific research. Our patented probiotic strains are different from the others since all our probiotics are protected by a patented five-layer microencapsulation technology!

This 5-layer protection also has the following advantages:

  • major logistical advantages
  • probiotic strains also remain more stable in the capsule or sachet
  • no contamination / interaction with the filling system
  • a fluid powder that is easy to encapsulate

In general, only a few % of the probiotics sold can reach the intestines and this is very little. Most of them are dead before they’re consumed and the probiotics that are still alive, are eliminated by more than 60% through the intestinal juices.

 

Tests with probiotics subjected to 5-layer microencapsulation

The 5-layer protection significantly increases the stability and survival of probiotics and has many advantages compared to unprotected probiotics.

The tests clearly show that coated probiotics are resistant to stomach acid, bile salts and other digestive juices, allowing them to reach the intestine intact, which is not the case with unprotected probiotics. Improving the stability and protection against digestive juices of protected probiotics also means that a lower dosage per day is necessary (cost savings) because of the good protection (6 to10 billion bacteria is a good daily dosage).

Stability test shows that coated probiotics remain almost intact (loss of 7 to 8%) after the first 6 months of storage at room temperature, while uncoated probiotics lose nearly 80% of their activity, which is remarkable. Stability test at room temperature for 12 months shows that coated lactic acid bacteria (through patented 5-layer microencapsulation) are much more robust and stable than uncoated bacteria that have already lost much of their activity after 3 months, and after 6 months there is almost no activity, which is absolutely not the case with coated bacteria.

 

Improving storage stability of probiotics

Both uncoated and coated (by patented 5-layer microencapsulation) lactic acid bacteria were stored at 40 °C for four weeks. The result shows that the efficiency of lactic acid bacteria subjected to patented 5-layer microencapsulation is much better (more than 9 log).

 

Properties of Fermedics’ probiotics

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Health benefits

  • Boosting immunity
  • Lowering lactose intolerance
  • Fighting antibiotic-associated diarrhoea
  • Improving gastrointestinal function
  • Useful with chemotherapy

Storage condition

  • Transport is in refrigerated conditions. Therefore, it is preferable that the manufacturer of finished products keeps the raw material in refrigerated state until the beginning of production.
  • Frozen probiotics can easily be stored as a raw material for 2 years without having a significant effect on CFU/g. If probiotics are stored in the refrigerator at 4°C – 8°C, the storage time is also substantially better than at room temperature.
  • After production, probiotics in the package should also preferably be stored in the refrigerator between 4°C – 8 °C, as the result is always better for CFU/g.
  • As soon as the finished products leave the company for distribution to wholesalers and retailers, probiotics can be stored at room temperature (+/- 12 months) if the 25°C is not exceeded. This guarantees the consumer a quality product, even if stored at room temperature.
  • Expiry date: 18 months if the preservation conditions are applied as above.

Technical properties

Fermedics offers you on request all technical data of this ingredient, such as Certificate of Analysis (COA) and price quotation.

MOQ (minimum order quantity) 10 kg

Legislation

Streptococcus thermophiles belongs to the list of micro-organisms that have obtained Qualified Presumption of Safety (QPS) status, defined by EFSA in Europe (2007) because of their safe use in food (1).

(1) Annex II of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011

SourceIncubation methodIdentification of microbePotencyFormRecommended daily dosage
fermented soybean milkdeep-layer liquid state incubation16S rDNA gene sequencing1.0 x 1011 CFU/gpowder6.0 x 109

This probiotic is obtained by a fermentation process, freeze-dried and subjected to a patented five-layer microencapsulation technology to protect and preserve each individual probiotic strain optimally. It is a white to cream-coloured, free-flowing powder with high stability.

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References

  • Corrêa NB, Péret Filho LA, Penna FJ, Lima FM, Nicoli JR. A randomized formula-controlled trial of Bifidobacterium lactis and Streptococcus thermophilus for prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in infants. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2005 May-Jun;39(5):385-9.
  • Mater DD, Bretigny L, Firmesse O, Flores MJ, Mogenet A, Bresson JL, Corthier G. Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus survive gastrointestinal transit of healthy volunteers consuming yogurt. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2005 Sep 15;250(2):185-7.
  • Ripudaman S. Beniwal, Vincet C. Arena, Leno Thomas, et al. A Randomized Trial of Yogurt for Prevention of Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. October 2003, Volume 48, Issue 10, pp 2077-2082.
  • Saavedra JM, Bauman NA, Oung I, Perman JA, Yolken RH. Feeding of Bifidobacterium bifidum and Streptococcus thermophilus to infants in hospital for prevention of diarrhoea and shedding of rotavirus. Lancet. 1994 Oct 15;344(8929):1046-9.
  • Whitford EJ, Cummins AG, Butler RN, et al. Effects of Streptococcus thermophilus TH-4 on intestinal mucositis induced by the chemotherapeutic agent, 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU). Cancer Biol Ther. 2009 Mar 15;8(6):505-11.
  • Wollowski, I. et al. Protective role of probiotics and prebiotics in colon cancer. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 73 (2).