are live microorganisms that provide a health benefit when administered in adequate doses. They are the “good bacteria” you hear about in yogurts, sour cream, fermented or unfermented milk, miso, tempeh, and soy beverages.
Probiotics aid the body’s naturally occurring gut flora to reestablish themselves. In doing so, the body is able to combat a number illnesses including:
·Irritable bowel syndrome
·Inflammatory bowel disease
·Infection with Helicobacter pylori (bacteria that causes ulcers and chronic stomach inflammation)
·Stomach and respiratory infections in children
·Urinary tract infections
·Reduces recurrence of bladder cancer
·Eczema in children
There are also health maintenance benefits to probiotic supplements
·Management of Lactose intolerance
·Prevention of colon cancer
·Reduction in cholesterol
·Reduction in blood pressure
·Improved immune function
·Improved mineral absorption
There are several probiotic research studies in process at this time. Researchers are looking at how the probiotic bacteria interacts with the body to treat and prevent disease, how to achieve the best results through dosage administration, the potential to help with antibiotic resistant bacteria in the gut and whether probiotics can prevent unfriendly bacteria from entering the body through the skin or mucous membranes.
I-Supplements carries an assortment of probiotic products including TwinLab’s Super Probiotic
and for children, Child Life Essentials Colostrum with Probiotics.
Side affects of probiotic supplementation are usually minimal and include gas and bloating.