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What are probiotics?
are beneficial bacteria found in the gut. They aid digestion, boost the
immune system, reduce cholesterol level, and prevent constipation and
overgrowth of harmful bacteria and Candida.
Probiotics and antibiotics
The use of
antibiotics or other drugs, excess alcohol, stress and diseases can upset
the proper balance and reduce the population of the beneficial flora in
the gut. Supplementation of probiotics can restore the proper ratio of gut
Common types of probiotics
probiotics include Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium breve,
Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus
acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus
rhamnosus and Lactobacillus GG. They are available in dairy products,
probiotic fortified foods or in freeze dried forms as dietary supplements.
commercial probiotic supplements also contain prebiotics, food substances
that promote the growth of probiotics. Prebiotics and probiotics work
synergistically to promote health.