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Probiotics

Most people do not realize there are both friendly and harmful bacteria. In fact, forms of healthy bacteria exist within the human body and digestive system to aid food breakdown and well-being. Some strains of bacteria present in the human digestive tract are linked to weight loss, immune functions, firmer skin, and other positive health benefits.

When used as dietary supplements, healthy bacteria functions as probiotics to keep the body functioning as it should. The helpful microorganisms target specific areas of the body for an overall improvement to physical and even mental conditions. Healthy bacteria are present in many common foods like yogurt, and probiotics become even more effective as ingredients in dietary supplements.

It is important not to confuse probiotics with prebiotics. Prebiotics act as dietary fibers to feed preexisting bacteria in the body.

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Purpose of probiotics

Manufacturers make use of probiotics when creating foods or supplements from scratch. There is a high demand for probiotics in the consumer market as customers look for ways to improve their quality of life through dietary means. When developed through careful trials, probiotics can better balance friendly and harmful microorganisms living in the human body for a stronger digestive and immune system.

Different types of probiotics

With trillions of bacteria in the human gut, two main groups of probiotics promote well-being. Each probiotic type has its own series of benefits:

  • Lactobacillus: This type of bacteria is regularly present in yogurts and dietary supplements. This strain of probiotics helps with diarrhea and symptoms surrounding lactose intolerance.
  • Bifidobacterium: This strain of bacteria is commonly added to fermented dairy products, supplements and medications to promote gut health and correct intestinal disorders as they are the ubiquitous inhabitants of the human gastrointestinal track.

Health benefits of probiotics

The makeup of good and bad bacteria in the body differs from person to person. The goal of probiotics is to alter the sum of gut bacteria so healthy microorganisms prevent harmful ones from multiplying. Probiotics reside within a person's digestive tract to potentially help prevent or cure the following health concerns:

  • Digestive problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Urinary infections
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Allergies and colds
  • Skin conditions such as eczema

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Our food experts at Brenntag Food & Nutrition have the expertise to make the best use of probiotics within your product. Please contact us and we can find the best solution for you.

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