What are probiotics and what are they used for?

The word “probiotic” comes from the Greek “pro-bios” and it translates to “in favour of life” or “for life.” Probiotics are live microrganisms (bacteria), that when administered in adequate amounts, protect good health and restore healthy balance to the host (human).

The human gut is teeming with these beneficial bacteria and taking them as probiotics help restore their numbers, and therefore improve their ability to work as a community to keep you healthy. Numerous clinical trials show that probiotics can be consumed to restore balance in your microbiota (the combined communities of bacteria) that become impaired by stress, poor diet, illness and antibiotic therapy, among other factors.

In the past decade, researchers worldwide have explored and continue to investigate the myriad roles of probiotic strains in promoting wellness as well as digestive and immune function. Currently, more studies are being performed on the beneficial effects of probiotics on other areas of health, such as oral health, urinary tract health and more.

What are probiotics?

Characteristics of a “high quality” probiotic