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Best Probiotic Supplements for Health

Updated on February 8, 2015

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are tiny microorganisms such as yeast or bacteria. Our bodies are filled with these tiny organisms which are beneficial for health and proper functioning of the various systems. For example the digestive system has more than 500 of these bacterial organisms which help break down food and keep the intestinal lining healthy. There are also beneficial organisms which help to regulate the immune system and keep it healthy.

When we think of antibiotics, we automatically think that we are trying to destroy these bacterial organisms, which of course is true, in one sense. The body is host to numerous beneficial bacteria, but we can also pick up harmful bacteria which are what make us sick. When we take antibiotics, the goal is to kill the harmful bacteria, but unfortunately, antibiotics do not discriminate – they will fight any bacteria present, including the helpful and healthy bacteria that are needed to keep the body functioning properly.

Probiotic Supplements

Kefir Probiotic Yogurt Drink

Probiotic Yogurt Drink
Probiotic Yogurt Drink
Kefir Grains for a Probiotic Yogurt Drink
Kefir Grains for a Probiotic Yogurt Drink | Source

Research shows that digestive problems can occur when the presence of friendly bacteria found in the intestines is disrupted. This imbalance can happen because of an infection or from using antibiotics. Taking probiotics can help bring this balance back and improve some health conditions.

Priobiotics for the Immune System

Dr. Guandalini says that in those societies which have very good hygiene, allergic and autoimmune diseases have increased dramatically. The reason for this increase may be because our immune systems are no longer being challenged by needing to face and fight off pathogenic organisms. We often use antibacterial soaps, we live in much cleaner and more sanitary environments and our systems no longer have the ability to fight off these organisms. Probiotics is a friendly form of bacteria which may help our immune systems stay strong by giving it something to challenge it and keeps it fighting.

Probiotics for Health

Researches have shown that the use of probiotics can be extremely effective for a number of illnesses. In fact, a panel of experts conducting research at Yale University found probiotics effective for various illnesses including diarrhea, regulating the immune response, as well as treating and preventing eczema.

A separate study that was published in 2010 has shown that probiotics can decrease many common childhood illnesses such as strep throat, colds, diarrhea, and ear infections. The study took 638 children ranging in age from three to six years all in a school or day care setting. The children who were given a probiotic yogurt drink came down with common infections 19% less than the group who didn’t drink the probiotic yogurt.

Probiotic Supplements vs. Probiotic Foods

Probiotics are available in many different forms, including capsules, tablets and powders as well as in foods such as probiotic yogurt and some dairy drinks. It doesn’t matter which form you use as long as there are enough live organisms in the probiotic supplement to allow them to start growing in the intestines.

Choosing Probiotic Supplements

It is important to understand that probiotics, like other supplements and foods, are not regulated by the FDA like prescription medications. However, with the growing evidence of their effectiveness, the FDA is now reviewing their position on this and may begin regulating the use of probiotics in the future.

Choose probiotic supplements from well-known companies. Reliable products will indicate the exact probiotic organisms they contain, including the amount present in each dose.

Probiotics and Weight Loss

Research conducted at both the Stanford Hospital and Clinics as well as Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that probiotics can help enhance a weight loss program. Stanford researches noticed the effects of probiotics for weight loss when they were working with patients who had undergone gastric-bypass surgery. But studies show that the benefits of using probiotics are not limited only to hose who have had this surgery.

It is possible that an imbalance in intestinal bacteria or an excess of bad bacteria are the culprits behind some causes of weight gain. A dose of good, weight-friendly, bacteria might be the best way to lose belly fat!


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    RebeccaCurz 5 years ago from United States

    Very very good article I wish doctors would promote it to patients when on antibiotics. I use probiotics all the time and tell every body to do the same

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    maewallace22 6 years ago

    I do eat Probiotic Yogurt and I notice that I don't have indigestion like I use to. I use to have indigestion everyday and I don't like taking medicine all the time. I read about Probiotic Yogurt and decided to give it a try to it does work.

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Sunnie Day, I eat a little yogurt every day myself. I discovered the importance of probiotics after far too many rounds of various antibiotics. It is essential to use probiotics for a healthy body. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Sunnie Day 6 years ago


    Thank you for a great hub! Probiotics are so important. Being on a raw food diet this was something I had to work on. I now eat a small amount of yogurt to help. I think my body became too alkaline and thus losing some of the healthy bacteria. That is just my thinking.


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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Thanks MonaVieAileen!

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    MonaVieAileen 6 years ago from New York

    Great information. Thank you for this. Much good health to all!

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Thanks Micky Dee, I'm glad you found this helpful!

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    Awesomely useful! Thank you!

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Hi darski, thanks for stopping in! I'm so happy to hear you like the hub and thanks for passing it on!

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    Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    What an excellent hub my friend, wow, I am sending this to my friends and on twitter. Very important information, I love this hub and rate up up up your friend and fan darski

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Thanks Daddy Paul!

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    Daddy Paul 6 years ago from Michigan

    Worth the read.

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    Lamme 6 years ago

    prasetio30, thanks for your kind comments! I like yogurt and kefir, and they are both great probiotics.

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    prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    You gave us useful information. I am glad to know this from you. I really concern about healthy and anything related with food supplements, like this one. I liked drink yogurt sometimes. Thank you very much!


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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Hi agusfanani, I hope you find this informatiion useful. It can be very helpful especially if you have taken antibiotics in the past.

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    agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

    Thank you for given me more information about the essential use of probiotic.