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While traveling in Indochina during the early 1920´s, Henri Boulard, a French microbiologist, encountered an outbreak of cholera among the local population. H. Boulard noticed that certain people drank a special tea, which was made from tropical fruits, in order to stop or prevent diarrhea. The tea's secret ingredients came from a combination of litchi and mangosteen skins. When H. Boulard further investigated his observation, he discovered the effective ingredient was Saccharomyces, a unique strain of yeast that grew at temperatures higher than any other yeast of its kind. He named his newly discovered yeast Saccharomyces boulardii or Sb.
H. Boulard later returned to France, where he patented his discovery as an anti-diarrheal drug. Biocodex acquired H. Boulard's strain in 1947, and immediately began both scientific and medical research into the benefits and possible uses of Saccharomyces boulardii. In 1953, Saccharomyces boulardii was registered and marketed as a drug for the first time. Since then, Biocodex has continued to establish H. Boulard's unique strain as the world's #1 probiotic drug in the treatment and prevention of diarrhea.

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