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Why probiotics is good for you

PhotobucketGood bacteria can prevent or help certain frustrating health problems that perhaps regular pharmaceutial drugs cannot. Found in yoghurt, probiotics are highly popular in certain cultures — Northern Europeans have it with their meusli and the Japanese consume it as a healthy snack.

In the mid-90s, scientific research showed the efficacy of probiotic therapy and probiotic supplements are becoming more popular in the U.S. as more health professionals recommend it for disgestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, vaginal infections.

How do probiotics help? An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms represent more than 500 different species that reside in a healthy, normal bowel. These microorganisms actually keep harmful bacteria at bay, aid digestion and nutrient absorption while fostering immunity.

Probiotics are generally viewed as harmless — they are not classified as a drug in the U.S. and are sold as a dietary supplement. Probiotics are strain-specific, so certain types will only be good for treating particular conditions.

Let’s look at the illnesses that probiotics can lend a hand:

Diarrhea. Studies have shown that the bacterial strain, Lactobacillus GG, can shorten the course of infectious diarrhea in children (but not adults). Other clinical trials have also suggested that anti-biotic induced digestive upheaval can be reduced by as much as 60 per cent.

Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Certain strains of probiotics can prevent the these disorders from recurring, but more research needs to determine exactly which type would help these conditions.

Urogenital health. The female urogential area is as delicate as the digestive system where antibiotics, spermicides and birth control pills could throw the body out of whack. As a traditional treatment, yoghurt is eaten or inserted into the vagina to treat yeast infections. Probiotics are a popular self-remedy to fight common problems like vaginosis ( a fairly serious affliction that could lead to pregnancy complications and pelvic inflammatory disease), yeast infection, and urinary tract infection. But solid scientific studies have yet to support this claim.

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