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What Are Probiotics?
Commonly known as living bacteria that inhabit our digestive system, “probiotic” literally means promotion of microorganism grown.
Probiotics and probiotic supplements can include bacteria, bacterial spores, or fungi (yeast).
A glance at Lacto and Bifido Strain Benefits: Lactobacillus acidophilus – Maintains integrity of intestinal walls. Lactobacillus fermentum – Helps neutralize toxic products made during digestion, promotes a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. Lactobacillus rhamnosus – The “travel probiotic“- found to be effective in reducing occurrences of traveler’s diarrhea. Bifidobacteria bifidum – Promotes healthy digestion in both small and large intestines; especially helpful for proper digestion of dairy. Bifidobacteria longum – Helps crowd out bad bacteria, helps neutralize everyday toxins in the gut, breaks down carbohydrates without producing excess gas. Saccharomyces boulardii: a non-pathogenic, transient (non-colonising) yeast, originally...
Fermented foods including yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi are the most significant sources of dietary probiotics. Fermented foods contain a wide variety of bacteria and yeasts that can provide health advantages, but strain and quantity of probiotics are very hard to determine. Probiotic supplements come in oral, topical, and suppository forms and are made up of bacteria, bacterial spores, or fungi. Probiotic effects are based on certain families and species of bacteria, rather than merely amount or CFU count, according to research. While some probiotics, such as Bacillus coagulans (bacterial spore) and Saccharomyces boulardii (fungus), can be stored at room...
What are CFUs? Colony Forming Units, or CFUs, are the count of probiotics that a manufacturing company guarantees are in one serving of the product by the expiry date. This means that prior to expiry, an individual dose of the product should technically contain more CFUs than is indicated on the bottle. Any statements or products mentioned herein this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
How probiotics get their names.
Probiotic names include a genus (first letter capitalized) and species (follows the genus, usually italicized). For example: Lactobacillus r hamnosus.