Is there any clue in the expression"probiotic/yogurt" ?
Probiotics are live microorganisms thought to be beneficial to the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host". Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics; but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be helpful. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures; such as in yogurt, soy yogurt, or as dietary supplements.
Specific health effects are being investigated and documented including alleviation of chronic intestinal inflammatory diseases, prevention and treatment of pathogen-induced diarrhea, urogenital infections, and atopic diseases.
Proboitics are products derived from bacteria and are considered to be healthy for digestion. It offers nutritional benefits and helps in keeping the digestive system balanced, offering energy, vitality and good health.
The Probiotic strain that is used product is highly beneficial for strengthening the digestive system, and being 98 per cent fat free.
Probiotics are among the important functional foods. They comprise approximately 65% of the world functional food market. Probiotic products are foods, which improve intestinal microflora and support good health of the consumer. The live bacteria present in the probiotic products are lactic acid bacteria, including Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria and Enterococci. Apart from health claims and maintenance of intestinal microflora, they protect against infections, alleviate lactose intolerance, reduce blood cholesterol levels and also stimulate the immune system. The interactive research between physiology, microbiology, food technology and molecular biology followed by clinical trials may produce a multi-functional probiotic strain for human consumption.
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My friend, Rajive, gave you a really good answer. I am going to guess here that you may have recently been treated for a stomach or bowel infection with Flagyl and antibiotics. The Flagyl kills off not only all bacteria good and bad (normal gut flora) but kills protozoans, like amoebas and trichomoanas. Many times when a person takes that much antibiotic and flagyl, they kill off the healthy bacteria (normal gut flora) that protect the gut from fungi like yeasts. I saw you other question and am guessing your dr then suggested you take a probiotic to help replace those good gut bacteria. There are capsules like Culturelle (one brand, there are others) that can be taken to help regulate the gut flora. Yes, some yogurt has the probiotics in them also, and if you are having stomach bloating, cramps of the stomach, diarrhea, and gas pains, a few doses of probiotics like Culturelle or eating yogurt will help put those good gut bacteria back and help relieve those symptoms. You can find Culturelle or other similar products in you pharmacy shelves and you may have to be careful storing them, since they are live bacteria, they can't be too hot or too cold, so read the instructions carefully. Good luck, pattishan
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