Probiotics are beneficial life microorganism that support a healthy gastrointestinal tract and immune system. Hundreds of different microbial species, including those that are essential to health and others that are pathogenic, inhabit and pass through our gastrointestinal tract. Within a healthy digestive tract, these microorganisms coexist in a natural balance.
Studies show that different probiotic strains prevent the growth of pathogens and control their population size by competing for nutrient and habitats, producing antibacterial agents and stimulating the body’s healthy immune response.
Probiotics preferentially modulate the immune system within the intestinal mucosa, on the surface of the entire body as well as in a systematic approach. Probiotic microorganisms support and strengthen the barrier function of the intestine and regulate the intestinal movement. They promote normal intestinal blood flow, produce essential nutrients for the intestinal mucosa, synthesize Vitamin K and B and support the absorption of nutrients and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc.
Probiotics inhibit and detoxify carcinogenic enzymes and other molecules as well as hormones and medications.
Studies have shown that probiotics, thanks to their stimulating action, do have a soothing effect on the body’s immune response to allergic reactions in the respiratory tract and skin. Most probiotic strains effectively reduce intolerance to lactose.
The typical western diet lacks the essential probiotics needed to maintain good health. High-canned, canned food and frozen foods are low in healthy microorganisms which the body needs to maintain a normal and balanced intestinal flora. Accordingly, many Europeans lack important probiotic bacteria that are found in individuals whose diet is based on high-fiber foods, fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the intestinal flora can experience imbalance caused by stress, disease, nutrient-poor diet, poisons and medications such as antibiotics, immunosuppressants and gastric acid inhibitors. This is why, supplementation with probiotics can help the body to build and maintain a healthy gut flora.