By definition, probiotics are live microorganisms beneficial for gut health. They improve and restore gut flora to keep our digestive systems healthy.
Furthermore, they also support weight loss, digestive health, and proper immune function. With so many benefits, probiotics are one of the most popular supplement ingredients.
1. Help Balance the Friendly Bacteria In Our Digestive Systems
An imbalance of gut bacteria — when there’s too much “bad” bacteria and too little “good” bacteria in our gut — can lead to digestive issues, obesity, and even mental health problems.
In most cases, an imbalance of gut bacteria is caused by certain illnesses, poor diet, or antibiotics.
Since probiotics are packed with healthy bacteria, they can help prevent digestive issues, obesity, and even mental disorders by restoring the natural balance of digestive bacteria.
2. Can Prevent and Reduce Symptoms of Diarrhea
Probiotics are popular for preventing and easing symptoms of diarrhea.
Diarrhea is often caused by antibiotics because they can negatively impact the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in our digestive systems.
Multiple recent studies conclude that probiotics are directly linked to a reduction in symptoms of diarrhea associated with antibiotics.
In one study, scientists found out that probiotics reduced antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 42%.
Furthermore, more studies suggest that probiotics can also help with other types of diarrhea that are not in any way related to antibiotics.
According to this large review of 35 studies, certain strains of probiotics can reduce symptoms of infectious diarrhea within 25 hours.
Moreover, probiotics reduce the symptoms of traveler’s diarrhea by 8%. They also lower the risk of diarrhea from other causes by 26% in adults and 57% in children.
One last thing to note here is that the effectiveness of probiotics on diarrhea varies depending on the type and dose of probiotic taken. (1)
3. Can Keep Your Heart Healthy
If you didn’t already know, high cholesterol is directly linked to bad heart conditions.
Probiotics lower “bad” cholesterol and blood pressure to keep your heart healthy. They reduce cholesterol by breaking down bile in the gut.
Bile is a naturally occurring fluid made up of cholesterol that aids digestion. So by breaking down bile, probiotics prevent it from being absorbed by your gut to enter your blood as cholesterol.
These effects are backed by several scientific-studies.
According to this review of 5 studies, eating probiotic yogurt for 2-8 weeks reduces total cholesterol by 4% and LDL “bad” cholesterol by 5%.
Furthermore, another study conducted over 6 months concludes that probiotics increase levels of HDL “good” cholesterol.
Health Issues Associated With Probiotic Deficiency
As we mentioned earlier, probiotics are naturally present in our bodies.
However, consuming probiotics from supplements or foods helps improve the natural balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut to reduce your risk of suffering from:
- Digestive issues
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
So to stay clear of these health issues, add a probiotic supplement to your diet.
Daily Recommended Intake
Since there are so many different probiotic organisms, there is no one-size-fits-all dose. To determine an ideal dose for a user, the following factors should be considered:
- User’s age
- User’s weight
- The condition the user is trying to treat
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