We share a complicated relationship with the bacteria that surround us. They exist in our skin, in our intestinal tract and in our urinary tract, among other places. Too many bacteria can do us a lot of damage, but very few also make us more vulnerable to diseases. In this way, probiotics, which are naturally occurring bacteria or added to food, can actually be of some benefit when consumed in transgenic or other foods.
WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS
Probiotics are live microorganisms that, if ingested to the appropriate extent, can have positive results in the intestinal flora. Today there are many food products that sell the idea that they are probiotics, unfortunately many of them are not. One of the main characteristics of probiotics is that they must have the capacity to lodge, at least temporarily, in the intestinal flora. From there they carry out their function and begin to help the immune system as well as metabolic activities. Some of these probiotic microorganisms are lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidus and bacteria in yogurt.
PROBIOTICS vs PREBIOTICS
Probiotics – bacteria that live in our intestinal tract, can also refer to probiotic supplements derived from fermented foods such as yogurt.
Prebiotics – nutrients found in the natural foods we eat, which support probiotic bacteria
- Probiotics can help maintain a healthy digestive system.
- Cold & Flu prevention in Adults & Children.
- Reduces the risk of Bacterial Vaginosis.
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Lower cholesterol
- Helps control weight
- Accelerate waste transit time
- Helps relieve inflammatory bowel disease
- Improves the immune system
- Lowers uric acid, which helps with gout and arthritis
TYPES OF PROBIOTICS
- Lactobacillus may be the most common probiotic. It’s the one you’ll find in yogurt and other fermented foods. Different strains can help with diarrhea and may help with people who can’t digest lactose, the sugar in milk.
- Bifidobacterium can be found in some dairy products. It may help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and some other conditions.
- Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast found in probiotics. It appears to help fight diarrhea and other digestive problems.
CHOOSING A PROBIOTIC:
Choosing a Probiotic should be considered as an important step. Look for a probiotic contained food which has below points mentioned:
- Count: At least 1 Billion CFU per serving.
- Strain: Look for Probiotics with more than 1 Strain. (E.g: Lactobacillus acidophilus, etc.)
Lots of food items are now available in market which are rich in probiotics as shown below:
DuPONT BLOGGERS MEET ON HOWARU® PREMIUM PROBIOTICS
I attended a bloggers meet hosted by DuPont™ Danisco® talking about the importance of Probiotics. DuPont probiotic cultures are scientifically proven to help keep the digestive system running smoothly and to support the body’s immune system.
The DuPont Team were as follow:
- Reena Chaudhary – Communications Specialist, South Asia, DuPont Nutrition & Health.
- Prateek Nag – Regional Product Manager, DuPont Nutrition & Health.
- Dr Anders Henriksson – Principal Application Specialist, DuPont Nutrition & Health.
- Sujith Satyadas – Marketing Manager, South Asia, DuPont Nutrition & Health.
Every Member explained the importance of Probiotics – What to look for while selecting a Food with Probiotic, What should be the probiotic count, etc.