Health Benefits of Probiotics

December 16, 2015

Health Benefits of Probiotics,

In the past years, there had been a lot of talk about the benefits of Probiotics, and many wondered if Probiotics are really beneficial or is just a lie.

Well, the truth is not all Probiotics are made equal. Some manufacturers offer products that when consumed, die in the stomach even before it reaches the digestive system, thus offer no benefits. Knowing what to look for and how to compare the products, is really the key on choosing a good Probiotic Product.

What are Probiotics you may ask? Here is a description from Webmd, “ Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. “

Probiotics have been discovered in early mid 20th century due to the work of Elie Metchnikoff who is widely considered to be the father of “ Probiotics”, he “had observed that rural dwellers in Bulgaria lived to very old ages despite extreme poverty and harsh climate. He theorized that health could be enhanced and senility delayed by manipulating the intestinal microbiome with host-friendly bacteria found in sour milk. Since then, research has continued to support his findings along with suggesting even more benefits.” (

Probiotics offer many benefits, it is not only very good for your health but helps improve/maintain health during old age. Here is a good article on the health benefits here. The discussion should not be at this point about whether Probiotics offer health benefits but rather what to look for in a good Probiotic Product, how to choose one.

When choosing for a good probiotic supplement, it is important that it meets certain criteria, such as;

  • Delayed release: Stomach acid can destroy Probiotics, thus prevent the full amount from reaching your gut or digestive tract where it is needed, therefore it is preferable to choose a product that offers Delayed release so to resist stomach acid and ensure that the product reaches the digestive tract.
  • Choosing a product with a good combination strains of Bifido and Lacto: Bifidobacteria support a healthy large intestine where elimination occurs and where gas tends to build up. However as we age, our level of Bifido declines therefore it is important to repopulate the large intestine with those healthy and friendly good bacteria.
  • Lactobacillus; That strain targets the small intestine where nutrient absorption and healthy digestion occurs. Populating the tract with those probiotics promotes also better digestion.
  • Different strains; every strain does something different in the digestive tract, thus having different strains of Bifido and Lacto will ensure that many different areas and functions in the tract are targeted.

In conclusion, as always consult with your doctor before starting any health programs. Furthermore, do your research on any product before using it.

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