Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease, so the idea of tossing down a few billion a day for your health might seem — literally and figuratively — hard to swallow. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria.
Commonly referred to as microflora, good and bad bacteria need to be balanced for optimal health. Good bacteria, the kinds found in probiotic supplements and fermented foods, help synthesise key nutrients, help the body digest fibre, support immune function by stimulating it and keep bad bacteria at bay.
A host of other factors can disturb the ratio of good-to-bad bacteria – food choices, stress, poor sleep, pollution, disease, medications, antibiotics. An imbalanced gut flora is referred to as ‘dysbiosis’ and can lead to many gut-specific symptoms beyond the gut.
Probiotics are gut-dwelling bacteria that keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
It is important to make sure that the probiotic supplement can reach its site of action and the strains contained are backed by research showing a beneficial effect
Inhibits the colonization of pathogenic microbes and remodel the commensal microbiota composition in the host.
Reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines while promoting regulatory T cell development and function.
Bearing the ability to strengthen the intestinal barrier, the colonization of L. reuteri may decrease the microbial translocation from the gut lumen to the tissues
This bacteria helps the digestive system break down sugars, such as lactose, into lactic acid.
Help protect against harmful germs.
This is because they create an acidic environment that the germs do not like.
May lower the risk of getting depression or even help treat symptoms in people with depression.
Good adaptation and adhesion ability in the gastro-intestinal tract and the potential to affect host health through various beneficial activities, e.g., antimicrobial, antioxidative, antigenotoxic, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory, in several in vitro and in vivo studies.
Stimulate your digestive system, fight off disease-causing bacteria, and help your body to produce vitamins.
Treat or prevent specific health problems, such as seasonal allergies and irritable bowel syndrome.
The group have been extensively researched with regard to stress responses.
Produce many bioactive metabolites which can confer host benefits.
Has the ability to counter pathogenic bacteria and fungi in the urogenital tract.
An ability to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in post-menopausal women.
Reduces cholesterol and boosts immunity.
Particularly beneficial for dealing with issues more prevalent in women, like yeast infections and UTIs.
May assist in reducing the development of obesity by modifying the way energy is handled within the host.
They may help with diarrhea, constipation, and other intestinal disorders.
Suppresses Gut Inflammation Caused by Repeated Antibiotic Disturbance
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