There are many who regard probiotic supplements as a conman’s gimmick. But in fact probiotics are the best option available for overall health.
The yogurt ads you are seeing more and more on TV often feature probiotics as a key feature of the product. Is this just a fraudulent way of cashing in on the gullibility of the public or is there some truth to the claims made on behalf of probiotic supplements.
Basically, probiotics are live bacteria that match the gut bacteria of human beings. We all know that the gut flora and fauna of a fat person and a thin person are vastly different. Thus when a fat person starts eating fermented food that has healthy bacteria in it, he soon takes on the profile of a thin person (and of course loses weight).
"The crucial challenge is to clearly determine which organisms are beneficial and exert a preventive or therapeutic effect. And for those that can duly be termed 'probiotics', the range of applications has to be defined more precisely than has been done so far," says the distinguished microbiota expert Professor Francisco Guarner (University Hospital Valld'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain).
Besides fighting obesity, these bacteria aid in relief from many illnesses. They are also excellent immune system boosters. When you take probiotics (probiotic supplements), the absorption of vitamins and minerals from the gastrointestinal tract takes place with greater efficiency.
The nutritional value you extract from the food you eat will be much richer and there will be an improvement in digestive function. Take them for a few days and you will feel more peppy and on top of the world.
Furthermore, they reduce inflammation. Irritable Bowel Disease and Crohn’s Disease both can be treated via probiotics. The improvement in gut profile can even temporarily forestall type 2 diabetes. Infants can greatly benefit from probiotics too.
"The mechanisms underlying the beneficial outcome of probiotics are becoming increasingly clear. Through different molecules, probiotics interact with the host via various mechanisms and pathways. Some probiotics, for example, can hold pathogens at bay: by improving the intestinal barrier function, they defend the host against disease-causing microorganisms trying to invade."
However, a word of warning to the naïve: start very slowly. Do not consume a ton of probiotic supplements in one go. This will only overwhelm the digestive system.
Instead ease yourself into a routine by gradually increasing the amount of yogurt with probiotics you take per day. Nowadays, there are fruit juices that have probiotics in them too.
Enjoy a big glass of grape juice for breakfast and you will start your day right. Probiotics have also been proven to be a tonic for the mind. They relieve depressive illness and even ameliorate symptoms of autism. What more could a man or woman need? Get some from the superstore and chug-a-lug to your heart’s content!