Types Of Probiotics

Types Of Probiotics

These days the word probiotics has become synonymous with the beneficial bacteria inside our intestinal tract, and whether that’s right or wrong is not for us to debate here, but technically when we speak of different types of probiotics it should be referring to probiotics as a supplement form either in food or pills.

The  accurate meaning of probiotic is described by the World Health Organization as “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host”.

In the proper sense of the word then, the types of probiotics we will identify here are the living bacteria that’s been cultured and added to yogurt and other foods and drinks, and of the pill and powder variety of supplements.

Which types of probiotics should I take?

There are several different types of propbiotics we can take that will help with different areas of health. These are mainly in the form of the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium variety. For strengthening your immune system look for :

  • Bifidobacterium lactis HNo19
  • Bifidobacterium lactis  Bb-12
  • Lactobacillus casei DN-114 001
  • Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC55730
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG)

If you want support associated with things like diarrhea and other problems from using antibiotic, and constipation, look for these strains:

  • S. cerevisiae (S. boulardi)
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG)
  • Lactobacillus casei DN-114 001

You can find many of these bacteria strains in yogurt  and yogurt drinks. When choosing a probiotic supplement in the capsule or pill form, it’s vital to check the label for as much information as you can. The most important thing is if it says it’s standardized.

This is the only way you are assured it has been inspected for quality by an independent laboratory. Those that are not standardized can get mass-produced bacteria stains that will most certainly be of an inferior quality and not do you much, if any good at all.

Although many health claims have been made about the health benefits that probiotics can give, there hasn’t been much real proof. Many claims have been rejected making some companies remove them from their labels saying they were in violation of false advertising.

Prebiotics help probiotics to work as they are supposed to

While we eat our yogurt we should also be eating as many prebiotic foodss as we can. What scientists have discovered are the digestive health benefits associated with consuming prebiotics, which are what actually feeds our beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract to make them grow and multiply, that’s what we wanted from the probiotic supplements after all.

You see, prebiotics are what supports not only the good gut bacteria, but also help to inhibit the growth of the dangerous bacteria inside us as well. This bad bacteria known as pathogens, have a nasty little habit of clinging to our intestinal wall and form cells. These cells can grow up to become polyps and as such, can be what starts colon cancer.

Besides possibly helping in the prevention of colon cancer, scientists say there is strong evidence to suggest prebiotics strengthen our immune system and the heart as well. By keeping the colon working as it should, they can get rid of symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea and more digestive disorders. And we’re not talking about masking these symptoms like a laxative or digestive enzyme would do, prebiotics work to cure these disorders by helping the entire digestive system function optimally.