A healthy digestive system is promoted through the use of probiotics supplements. They clean toxins out of the body and promote balance within the intestines. Probiotics can be found in foods such as yogurts or cultivated in controlled environments.
Probiotic supplements are meant to work in the same manner as probiotics that are found in foods; namely, they flush harmful organisms such as Candida out of the body. Supplements come in liquid, solid, tablet, and powder forms. Probiotics should be taken on an empty stomach for maximum efficiency at least 20 minutes before a meal. Doing so helps push the organisms deep down into the intestine.
Various research studies have found links between ingesting probiotics and alleviating ailments such as chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stress, and Candida. To begin, an Irish study found that bifid bacterium infants were a probiotic that was very helpful with minimizing the effects of IBS. In fact, the dietary supplement was found to be just as effective if not more as the FDA-approved drugs on the market used to treat IBS, Zelnorm and Lotronex. Participants in the study ingested the probiotics in liquid form, and it was found that their symptoms of IBS lessened greatly due to their use of probiotic supplements.
Lactobacillus salivarius, a different probiotic, was researched to see if it had any effects on IBS symptoms. The study concluded that it was not helpful at all in treating IBS. Given this dynamic, it is of note that despite the many beneficial probiotics available on the market, different maladies require divergent probiotics to treat them.
In addition to IBS, probiotics were also found to be effective in treating gastrointestinal symptoms associated with stress. The probiotic used in the study was meant to survive the effects of gastric acid, which tends to destroy healthy bacteria like probiotics before they even have a chance to be effective. Lactobacillus acidophilus was used in this probiotic, and half of the study participants did report a near 50% decrease in symptoms of stress like nausea and pain in the abdominal area.
Candida was also effectively treated through the use of probiotic supplements. Candida is the pesty microorganism which causes such maladies as yeast infections. In particular, acidophilus supplements are the probiotics of choice to combat yeast. Acidophilus replenishes the micro flora in the large intestine that can be destroyed by antibiotics and vaginal creams. These probiotics will eat up the same nutrients that otherwise would have been ingested by yeast or other bad microorganisms.
Cons exist in addition to pros for taking probiotic supplements. There have been concerns that costly probiotic supplements may not be any more effective than the live probiotics found in foods like yogurt. Some foods are very effective as probiotic supplements in promoting digestive health. Then again two factors come into play. Type of strain and number of organisms present. Furthermore, naturally occurring probiotics are thought to be more likely to survive harsh stomach acids than those in supplemental form. In addition, probiotics can tend to be expensive if used on a long-term basis. Compare information on the bottle carefully to insure adequate number of micro-organisms and if refrigeration is needed.
There are overall many positive aspects to using probiotics in supplement form, namely that they can treat conditions such as IBS, stress-related digestive problems, and Candida. However, for all of their benefits, supplemental probiotics have been criticized for their cost over time and stating some don’t work as well as probiotics that are either naturally occurring or found in food. Cultured or cultivated probiotics are the best form of supplements containing SBO’s, soil based organisms. Body Biotic puts out a combined prebiotic and probiotic with a plankton substrate nourishing the organisms while still in the capsule. These do not need refrigeration and are self-sustaining.