What are probiotics?
These are organisms that are considered "friendly bacteria". Their molecular structures are similar to that which naturally occur in the human body's digestive tract.
What do they do?
- Probiotics help replace lost "good bacteria" in the body.
- They help lower the amount of "bad bacteria" in your system to help prevent infections and other problems, and assist your body to function optimally.
- Assist certain skin conditions, like eczema
- Help maintain urinary and vaginal health
- Help build immunity to help the body combat and prevent allergies and colds
- Help maintain oral health
What are the types of bacteria in probiotics?
Lactobacillus is the most common. It is the one present in yoghurt and other fermented foods. Various strains of this type can assist individuals who suffer from diarrhea and those who have lactose intolerance.
Bifidobacterium can also be found in some dairy products. It helps ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.
Who can benefit from taking Probiotics?
According to WebMD, individuals who suffer from the following conditions can benefit from taking Probiotics:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
Antibiotic-related diarrhea Page updated 16/06/18 5:17:45 AM