Benefits Of Probiotics
Foods and Supplements

The benefits of probiotics have been been proven for hundreds of years.

Perhaps not the scientific proof that we demand today but fermented foods have had a reputation for enhancing health since Neolithic times.

And it is within that diverse array of fermented foods that we ate in the past - foods that our grandparents ate - foods that many of the world's less developed nations still eat - that probiotics are found.

Yogurt, perhaps the best know of fermented foods, was mentioned in the bible and Elie Metchnikoff, an early Russian biologist who devoted his studies to the human immune system, believed that the secret of longevity rested in the regular intake of fermented food.

And as Metchnikoff lived into his seventies in a time when the average age of death was less than fifty years it is clear that his daily drink of soured milk, brimming with healthful lactc acid bacteria, did him nothing but good.

It is from this vast army of lactic acid bacteria found in foods preserved through the traditional means of fementation that probiotics come.

And whilst probiotics are the "darlings" of the scientific world with their studies and endorsements, any lactic acid bacteria will do you good.

So be assured you do NOT need to take expensive supplements. Most people can consume all the probiotics and lactic acid bacteria they need for good health by eating a diet rich in fermented foods.

Take a look at this pic showing the health benefits of probiotics


beneficial effects of probiotics


Beneficial Effects Of Probiotics

You can see from the pic that probiotics, in general, work in three different ways.

  1. Intestinal microbial composition - altering the bacterial balance through your gastrointestinal tract
  2. Immunomodulation - in other words modfiying your immune system so it "works" better
  3. Metabolic effects - eg by making vitamins and other necessary things for your body

Of course, it isn't quite as simple as that. Many of the effects overlap. Probiotics and lactic acid bacteria work in multiple ways to enhance health.

friendly probiotic bacteria

So where do you start if you want to naturally increase your exposure to these health promoting "bugs" and the benefits of probiotics?

  • By increaing your intake of L acidophilus you will gain more Vitamin K, more anti-microbial substances such as acidolin, acidolphilin, lactocidin and bacteriocin and improved immune function.
  • And by increasing your intake of Bifidobacterium you benefit from increased vitamin and protein synthesis, less colonization of bad bacteria, stimulated immune response and better digestion and absorption of foods.

Over the course of evolution the human body has evolved to live in harmony with these microorganisms but in the modern world, sadly, they are lacking in many of the foods we eat as we have moved away from the fermented foods and cultured milk products that our ancestors ate.

The consequence of this is that many of us suffer digestive and immune system health ailments that were not so prevalent in the times of our grandparents.

Research shows that different strains of bacteria are needed to help with different ailments.


  • Do you want to take control of your own health and eat real foods that will naturally enrich your gut flora? Discover the foods that contain probiotics such as yogurt, sauerkraut and acidophilus milk.
  • Do you want to assist your body fight a specific disease but are unsure which of the many probiotic supplements available is the best for your problem? Check the Menu at the top of the page to read more about "your" health problem.
  • Or do you want to know what is actually in that supplement you swallow each morning? Do you figure if you're going to ingest some bug, you'd like to at least be on first name terms with it?


Speed dating with good bugs

Life within your body is a complex mix of microorganisms, and too many of the disease-causing microbes, yeasts, fungi, and parasites can dramatically upset that delicate balance. But that can be corrected with the right foods and supplements.

Here, you'll find results from the latest research material and the names of the probiotic strains that have been found helpful - or not - for specific problems.