Probiotics for Gut Health


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The WHO defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. They are live microorganisms found in many food items like yogurt and other fermented foods and have many health benefits. Strains of the bacteria “Lactobacillus” have been found safe for long-term human consumption. These can help: -Prevention of bowel diseases -Improving the immune system, lactose intolerance, and intestinal microbial balance -Probiotics lower the blood cholesterol levels and high blood pressure -Alleviation of postmenopausal disorders, and reducing traveler’s diarrhea. Probiotics have also been reported to improve atopic eczema, wound and scars healing, and possess skin-rejuvenating properties. Studies have shown probiotics to be effective in the treatment of oral treatment. They prevent tooth decay by inhibiting the growth of caries causing bacteria. However, probiotics should be taken with precaution in a population which is already immunocompromised. The most common source of probiotics are milk and fermented milk products like cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, etc. Non dairy products like soya based products (soy milk, tofu), fortified cereals and juices can also be used as common sources of probiotic supplement in food. Do you take probiotics regularly? References: 1. Anja Kotiranta, Kari Lounatmaa, Markus Haapasalo,Epidemiology and pathogenesis of Bacillus cereus infections,Microbes and Infection,Volume 2, Issue 2,2000, Pages 189-198,ISSN 1286-4579, 2. Shi, L. H., Balakrishnan, K., Thiagarajah, K., Mohd Ismail, N. I., & Yin, O. S. (2016). Beneficial Properties of Probiotics. Tropical life sciences research, 27(2), 73–90. 3. Nancy Toedter Williams, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCNSP, Probiotics, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Volume 67, Issue 6, 15 March 2010, Pages 449–458 Written by Shobhan Ojha #guthealth #fitness #nutrition #infs
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