Benefits of Probiotics
Gut flora or microbiota plays a key role in the digestive process. It has also been proven to provide the following health benefits.
- Nutrient Synthesis – Your microbiome’s bacteria are able to synthesize the nutrients that your body needs, but can’t produce on its own. Vitamins B12 and K are a couple of examples.
- Immune System Enhancement – While it’s common for your immune system to use inflammation as a defense mechanism, it can be overwhelming and cause other health problems. Parts of your microbiome can help your immune system work more efficiently, and prevent inflammation from becoming an issue.
- Pathogen Defense – The microbiota in your digestive system is comprised of “good” bacteria. Due to its activity, it uses all of the resources your body provides for fuel, meaning that pathogens or “bad” bacteria can’t multiply or survive. Some microbiota can also create different compounds and enzymes to find and kill pathogens, keeping your healthy.
Good Sources of Probiotics
Probiotics can be found in many of the foods you already eat, particularly in fermented foods like yogurt and pickled vegetables. They are also available as supplements, with each pill containing tens of millions of bacteria.