Probiotics are colonies of live microorganisms like bacteria, fungi and yeast that are essential for the well being of the human body. They are microscopic in nature and line the gut and other organs in the body. They ease bodily functions like absorption and digestion of nutrients. However, little did we know that probiotics were so beneficial for the overall health of the body as well.
Here is how, in addition to improving the digestion, adding probiotics to your diet can be of good:
1 . Lower Cholesterol
-Probiotics are rich in certain enzymes that help to reduce the LDL levels and also creates a hindrance in the absorption of cholesterol from the gut.
-In a study in 2012, probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri was found to reduce the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) by 11.6% in people. It was effective in reducing the overall cholesterol by 9%.
2 . Reduce Anxiety
-Probiotics such as yoghurt and supplements were found to lower down the metabolic pathways associated with stress.
-Though further studies are required, recent studies suggest that zebrafish (possess brain processes similar to humans) displayed less anxiety related behaviour when given supplements containing Lactobacillus plantarum.
3 . Boost Immune System
-The probiotics have been found to boost the overall immunity. The bacteria in probiotics such as yoghurt and other naturally fermented foods help to strengthen the body’s immune system and ward off infections.
-A recent study suggested, that people who took probiotics reported 40% lesser cases of cold and gastro intestinal infections compared to those who did not.
4 . Prevent Allergic Reactions
-Probiotics have been found to control and reduce the reactions of certain inflammatory and allergic reactions.
-A recent study in 2015 suggested that children who were genetically predisposed to develop eczema, when were administered with Lactobacillus rhamnosus showcased a reduced risk towards the same.
5 . Improves Oral Health
-Probiotics secrete lactic acids that helps to ward off bad bacteria in the mouth and also improves the oral health.
-Literature suggests that Lactobacillus reuteri was helpful in reducing gingivitis and plaque compared to other probiotics. Yoghurt containing this strain effectively reduced the growth of the specific bacteria that caused tooth decay.
So, go ahead and add probiotics (in different forms) to your daily diet and improve your overall health. Eat Healthy, Stay Happy!