How are Probiotics Beneficial to Humans?

November 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Health Misc.

More often than not, microorganisms are avoided because of the negative connotations associated with it. Examples of these negative ideas are — bacteria cause diseases and are bad to our bodies. To a certain extent, such beliefs are correct but cannot wholly describe bacteria as a whole. There are after all good microorganisms or probiotics. In fact, you may not be aware of it but you have quite a number of these things inside your large intestines and are thriving to your advantage. You may well know that humans cannot digest most fiber especially the insoluble ones because we lack the needed enzymes. But thanks to our intestinal flora we are able to digest soluble fiber as well as synthesize vitamin K, which is needed in blood clotting and closing of wounds.

Indeed probiotics are good for our health. Dietary sources of these have now been developed and are widely talked about. These are live microorganisms included in food products, which bestow health benefits to the host when taken in adequate amounts. They are termed “friendly to the tummy” and used in various alternative medicine procedures. Nowadays, medical scientists have done extensive research regarding the advantages of consuming friendly bacteria. Lactobacillus bifidus is one of the most popular probiotics.

 

One major advantage of probiotics is treatment of several gastrointestinal diseases in the likes of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. They stimulate the action of the intestinal microflora when there are malfunctions or even infections in that area. They can also be used to manage lactose intolerance for those who experience diarrhea-like symptoms right after drinking milk. Probiotics are thought to help in the management of Helicobacter pylori infection in peptic ulcer cases.

 

Moreover, they have a cholesterol lowering effect by targeting the inhibition of the reabsorption of bile reducing blood cholesterol levels. Probiotics also decreases blood pressure to aid hypertensive individuals. Based on clinical studies, the prevention of urinary tract infections, management of eczema, and the enhancement of immune system are just few of the numerous benefits of probiotics.

 

Besides all the benefits of probiotics, the best thing about them is that they do not have adverse effects even when taken orally as in the case of most children and elderly people regularly consuming the good bacteria. That is why no one should stop you from including probiotics in your diet precisely because there is nothing to lose except the possibility of improving one’s life.

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