Inhibition of E. coli and C. albicans with a Dietary Women’s Health Formulation

Author(s): Howard Robins, Reza Kamarei A and Eric Finkelstein

Background: Two common infections in women are urinary tract infections (UTIs) and vaginal candidiasis (VC). The focus of this research project was to counter the root causes of these two infections, namely, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Candida albicans (C. albicans).

Purpose: The purpose of this research project was to develop a dietary formulation for women’s health that inhibits both E. coli and C. albicans.

Materials and Methods: We designed a propriety blend of five strains of Bifidobacteria, ten strains of Lactobacilli, and organic cranberry powder. For the carriers, we chose a proprietary blend of organic red fruit and vegetable juices. The probiotics were added to a sterilized blend of juice and cranberry powder. Three strains of E. coli and two strains of C. albicans were used in this study.

Results: While E. coli in the control sample showed a typical growth curve for microorganisms, E. coli growth was completely inhibited in the test sample from days 1 to 5. Similarly, while C. albicans in the control sample showed overwhelming uncountable growth, C. albicans growth in the test sample was reduced by 70% on day 1 and was completely inhibited from day 2 to day 5.

Conclusion: The results of this in vitro study indicate that E. coli O157:H7 and C. albicans (the microorganisms responsible for UTI and VC) were completely inhibited by a healthy dietary formulation for women. These findings have advanced our knowledge of the inhibition of two pathogens responsible for two common medical problems in women.

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