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In this Issue:

  1. Probiotics Bring Life to Your Life

  2. October ALTRUM News: How ALTRUM Compares to Other Brands

  3. Fall Brings Harvest in Growth Plots

Probiotics Bring Life to Your Life

The word “probiotic” is a compound of two Greek words: "pro," to "signify promotion of," and "biotic," which means “life.” Their very definition is something that affirms life and health. That's true even by modern standards — the World Health Organization defines a probiotic as any living microorganism that has a health benefit when ingested. Similarly, the USDA defines a probiotic as "any viable microbial dietary supplement that beneficially affects the host."

Most people think of yogurt when talking about probiotics. The latest probiotic research suggests that live-active cultures of these friendly bacteria can help to prevent and treat a wide variety of ailments, according to an article in the Huffington Post.

Interest in probiotic interventions is increasing, according to the authors of a recent meta-analysis of previous research. As reported in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, (JAMA) their findings showed probiotics were particularly useful against a common gastrointestinal problem: antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD).

But studies show that probiotics can help with a great deal more, including warding off infection and boosting immune systems, as well as helping to improve women’s health and perhaps even fighting obesity.

Humans have more than 1,000 different types of bacteria living in their digestive tracts, helping to break down food and absorb nutrients.

But antibiotics — medicine designed to kill destructive, illness-causing bacteria — can also kill the healthy intestinal flora that helps us digest. Approximately 30 percent of the patients who take antibiotics report suffering from diarrhea or some other form of gastrointestinal distress, according to the recent JAMA study on probiotics and antibiotic-associated diarrhea. As a result, doctors commonly suggest taking probiotics to "repopulate" the digestive tract with healthful bacteria. The study found that it was a viable solution for many.

One theory is that good bacteria help "crowd out" bad bacteria. If the intestinal tract is populated with healthful microbes, there’s no place for harmful bacteria to latch on.

While yogurt may be among the most easily recognized probiotic-containing food, many other foods contain live probiotic cultures, including sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi and kombucha tea.

Ultra Probiotics May Help Balance Your System

Ultra Probiotics is a powerful probiotic formula that delivers 26.5 billion live cells featuring nine strains of healthy bacteria to help maintain overall health. Probiotics naturally support the digestive system to encourage intestinal balance and may contribute to a healthy immune system.*

May Help:

  • Improve digestion and absorption of vitamins*
  • Manufacture vitamins needed by the body*
  • Inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria that cause digestive stress*

October ALTRUM News:. How ALTRUM Compares to Other Brands

The October issue examines how ALTRUM supplements measure up in comparisons with other common nutritional supplements in price, nutritional content and other ingredients.

For the latest information on ALTRUM nutritional supplements and AGGRAND natural liquid fertilizers, visit their websites at and Check the websites regularly to get the most up-to-date information about all of the products in the ALTRUM and AGGRAND divisions.


Fall Brings Harvest in Growth Plots

The cool weather of fall brings with it the harvest from gardens around the country.

Growers know that weather can make or break the harvest, and some areas are particularly difficult to predict.

"Despite another unpredictable, cool growing season in Superior, (Wis.) the tomatoes and onions fertilized with AGGRAND products, for the fifth year in a row, outperformed a leading fertilizer," said AGGRAND Manager Richard Holappa. "This year more than 1,140 pounds of tomatoes and more than 425 pounds of onions were harvested in the AGGRAND Growth Plots."

Look for more information in future editions of AGGRAND News and the 2014 AGGRAND Vegetable Productivity Study.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
** Please check with your physician when using prescription medication in combination with food supplements.

^ At time of manufacture
All testimonials given about ALTRUM nutritional products are non-scientific reports and are not intended to draw any direct cause and effect link between discussed events or "results" and consuming the nutrients contained in the products described. Results are individual and will vary from person to person.

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