Probiotics Health Benefits
Probiotics are good bacteria that inhabit our digestive system. They were used by our ancestors in the form of fermented foods because they were aware of how important probiotics are in the prevention and treatment of many diseases.
As science has progressed, so today we know that probiotics are of great benefit to the whole organism.
The word probiotic comes from the Greek pro bios which literally means for life. A Russian scientist has observed long-lasting and vital people from Bulgaria who consumed large amounts of yogurt and found that consumption of yogurt containing Lactobacillus suppresses bad bacteria and thus affect the better health.
The last 20 years have been conducting a number of clinical studies on the effect of probiotics on a large number of indications including infectious diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, cancers, allergies, cardiovascular diseases, urinary tract infections, and is proven to have a positive effect on all these health problems.
If we want to maintain good health we should pay attention to varied diet. A varied and balanced diet is the best way to stronger immunity. Probiotics help the body to absorb vitamins and minerals from food more easily. Consuming probiotics ensure the health of the entire organism. Probiotics can be found in fermented products like yogurt, kefir, cabbage, soy sauce … As well as preserves nutrients, fermentation makes foods more digestible, therefore, we should include some of the following foods in regular diet.
Yogurt is best known probiotic on the market and can be found in several forms. The best for the health is yogurt with probiotic LGG which has the most scientific confirmation of the beneficial effects on health.
Kefir grains reproduce in milk and do not have a shelf life, can last forever. Numerous attempts of scientists to produce kefir grains in the laboratory end in failure.
Another well-known probiotic is famous for the magnificent health food. Cabbage protects your health and strengthens the immune system and it is best to eat raw.
It is known that a seafarer James Cook combat the scurvy, the fatal disease, and ordered all ships to introduce the cabbage diet.
Interest in the area of probiotics is very high thanks to the many new products launched on the market every year. Probiotics are trendy and these good microbes are advertised on the packaging from sauces to instant coffee.Not all probiotics are the same, and on the market there are thousands of products, but the most commonly used probiotics are different species of the genus Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus.
On the market today there are tampons containing probiotics, which are naturally present in a healthy vagina and their are useful for keeping healthy microflora.
Due to the stressful lifestyle, improper diet, too often usage of antibiotic and various drugs, decreased physical activity, smoking and alcohol lead our body into a state of exhaustion and sudden drop in immunity, and probiotics are therefore becoming more popular in the fight for the preservation of health.
Did you know that probiotics can help with many other health problems?
- strengthen the immune system
- increase resistance to stress
- relieves symptoms of allergies and asthma
- protect against vaginal infections
- promote weight loss
- relieve stomach problems
- promote the treatment of dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis
Researches and references
Heller, K. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2001.