From the Greek pro, meaning promoting and biotics, meaning life, these life-promoting compounds offer a bundle of health benefits.
What are they? Probiotics are tiny microorganisms, made of good live bacteria that naturally live in different areas of your body. The body relies on all sorts of microorganisms to keep things working in order to live a healthy life and probiotics play a big part in this.
The science… Bacteria is usually regarded as something that makes you ill. However, there are two kinds of bacteria constantly in and on the body: good bacteria and bad bacteria.
Good bacteria are exactly what probiotics are made of, in order to keep the body healthy and working well. This good bacteria helps in many ways, including fighting off bad bacteria when there is too much of it in the body, helping you feel better. For example, when you get an infection, this means there is more bad bacteria in the body, knocking your system out of balance. Good bacteria helps eliminate extra bad bacteria, returning that balance.
The structure… Probiotics are part of a larger picture when it comes to bacteria and the body. This is referred to the microbiome. Around 80% of the immune system is composed of microbiome. You can look at the microbiome as a community of organisms that work together to keep your body healthy. This community is composed of things called microbes. There are trillions of microbes on and in the body. These are a combination of bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa. Everyone’s microbiome is unique. No one has the same microbial cells – even twins are different.
For a microbe to be called a probiotic, it needs to survive outside the intestine (after being safely consumed), be isolated from a human and have a proven benefit to the body. They are mainly located in the gut1 but also in the mouth, skin and lungs among other places.
Benefits… They support the systems in your body from your mouth to your gut and help control harmful microorganisms such as germs. At the right levels, probiotics help aid digestion and improve nutrient absorption. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in fiber every day helps to keep the number of good bacteria at proper levels. By aiding in protein absorption, probiotics can also help your body recover after workout and reduce muscle strain.
A little extra for the body… Probiotics occur naturally in fermented foods and cultured milk (yogurt and pickles). There are also fermented drinks like kombucha (fermented tea) or kefir (fermented dairy drink) that introduce extra probiotics into your diet. Apart from food, you can add probiotics to your diet through dietary supplements. Probiotic-supplements are a way to add good bacteria to your body.
Nutritional supplements such as KENZEN Lactoferrin 2.0® from Nikken, contain probiotics – not only do they help boost the immune and digestive systems, but they also promote healthy minds.2 Lactoferrin 2.0® (a naturally iron-binding supplement) is gentle on the digestive system, therefore supporting the gastrointestinal tract and all its functions such as optimal digestion, nutrient absorption, the proliferation of good gut bacteria and overall health.
22nd February 2021