What Are Probiotics

Probiotic Label It may come as a surprise that a probiotic post is included in a site covering fiber supplements. As other posts on this site explain fiber is often used to assist with weight loss as well as bowel and digestive health. A reduction in appetite, improved regularity and avoidance of constipation are some of the benefits that a good fiber intake can assist with.

So why is it here?

Well there are number of fiber products such as Garden of Life Super Seed that contain probiotics. And conversely there are a number of probiotic products that contain fiber. And while this post does not list them all it will make you aware of the potential benefits of having a combination of the two – fiber and probiotic.

Probiotics Are Not Fiber

Probiotics fall into a different category in that they are intended to improve or maintain the flora (live microorganisms) in the gastrointestinal tract for better digestion and health. As such they may be a useful dietary supplement for your health and while there is plenty of information about probiotics on the internet and in health food stores the current medical evidence for their claimed benefits is not absolute.

Don’t Confuse Them With Prebiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria often taken as a capsule that aim to add to supplement the microorganisms in the gut. As such they need to remain alive to be effective.

They differ from Prebiotics, which are a nondigestible ingredient (for we humans) used as food by the naturally resident beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Artichokes, leeks, garlic and onions all have prebiotic benefits.

Acidophilus Is One Of Many

Acidophilus and lactabacillus acidophilus are two names that are commonly referred to in the context of probiotics. But the range of probiotics is much more extensive than that. To be specific they have to be identified by genus, their species and finally their strain. Lactabacillus for example has over 50 species of lactobaclli alone.

Another group are bifidobacteria of which there are about 30 species and they make up close to 90% of the good bacteria in you colon. While there are studies that have indicated that these good bacteria can help with things such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and glucose tolerance more research is indicated before a definitive result can be assured.

Check What’s In Your Probiotic

Probiotic B.infantis 35624It is not a simple one size fits all when choosing a pro biotic but personal experience and that of many other people suggests that under some circumstances taking a probiotic supplement can be helpful. For example when taking an antibiotic or where there has been over indulgence with rich food or alcohol a probiotic can assist in settling your gut and restore its natural balance.

One specific probiotic that seems to be very effective is Probiotic B.infantis 35624. This is the specific ingredient in the Align B. Infantis 35624 Probiotic Supplement. With over 300 5-star user comments on Amazon it appears to be particularly effective in managing a range of gastrointestinal issues.

Pro Biotics Are Not FDA Regulated

Probiotics are not regarded as drugs in the US and are not therefore regulated by the FDA. It is up to the manufacturer of the product to ensure that the any supplement is safe before they market it. ConsumerLab.com is a useful site that can assist you to check some of the matters but it does require a subscription payment before their reports can be accessed.

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