Probiotics are the collective name for a group of microorganisms, and generally refer to bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial to humans. These bacteria or yeasts are similar to microorganisms naturally present in the human body (mainly in the digestive tract). Probiotics have now become very popular supplements and food additives.
Why use probiotics?
Probiotics help maintain the balance of the intestinal flora, inhibit harmful bacteria, and promote immune kinetic energy. Evidence has shown that probiotics are useful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, diarrheal diseases, colitis (including ulcerative colitis), acne, and infantile eczema, and can prevent diarrhea caused by antibiotics to some extent.
In addition, the relationship between probiotics and gastric ulcers (Helicobacter pylori related), some infections (urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, sinusitis, etc.), dental infections, allergies, liver diseases are also being studied. The safety and effectiveness of probiotics is also another focus of the study.
The efficacy of different probiotics may not be exactly the same. According to different physical conditions people can choose to use a certain type ideally with the advice from doctors.
Prebiotic is a dietary supplement that cannot be digested, but it can help the body build an environment that promotes the growth of probiotics.
A variety of probiotics don’t share the same dose. Some doses of probiotics are given in units of live bacteria. For example, the unit dose of Lactobacillus acidophilus is between 1 billion and 10 billion viable bacteria, and some are unit doses of colony forming units (CFU). The probiotics have different recommended doses.
Probiotics cannot be used as a supplement to replace medical treatment for a certain disease. Therefore, you must not give up necessary medical treatment due to the use of probiotics.
It takes a certain period of time, such as 2-3 weeks to one month, for the probiotics to take effect. If there’s no effect after taking for a period of time, please consider to change into another specie.