Probiotics for your health.
400 + species of bacteria inhabit the digestive tract. Some of these are the pathogenic, or disease-producing, bacteria. But others are considered "friendly” bacteria: Probiotics. The digestive tract health depends on how friendly bacteria control the less friendly, pathogenic variety. Friendly bacteria (probiotics) produce acetic, lactic and formic acids which lower the pH in the intestine, thereby inhibiting growth of undesirable bacteria and enhancing the nutritional status by helping to digest food and manufacture essential vitamins.
You might have heard of the terms ‘prebiotics’ and ‘probiotics’ being mentioned in association with digestive health on BBC television show “Trust Me I’m A Doctor”. But what’s the difference between them and which one is more important? Read more here.
Most major brands of health supplements supply probiotics.
Probiotics are microorganisms that are believed to provide health benefits when consumed.
They are designed to:
- decrease of potentially pathogenic gastrointestinal microorganisms,
- reduce gastrointestinal discomfort,
- strengthen the immune system,
- improve of the skin's function,
- improve bowel regularity,
- strengthen the resistance to cedar pollen allergens,
- decrease body pathogens,
- reduction flatulence and bloating,
- protect DNA,
- protection proteins and lipids from oxidative damage,
- maintain individual intestinal microbiota in subjects receiving antibiotic treatment.
Details about choosing probiotics and what conditions they are likely to help and which they will not