Taking probiotics is a health trend you may have heard of, or even tried yourself.
But, do you know what they are meant to do, and if there are any issues you need to be mindful of?
We’ve put together all you need to know about probiotics.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts which are usually added to yoghurts or taken as food supplements. According to the NHS*, they are thought to help restore the natural balance of bacteria in your gut, including your stomach and intestines, when it’s been disrupted by an illness or treatment.
What are the benefits?
Probiotics can help maintain a healthy guy microbiome. Evidence* suggests, this also includes helping prevent diarrhoea when taking antibiotics and restoring the natural balance of bacteria in your gut after a bout of illness or treatment.
Things to be mindful of:
As probiotics are generally classed as a food rather than a medicine, it’s not always clear if the product contains the bacteria they have stated, or if they contain enough bacteria to have an effect or if the bacteria are able to survive long enough to reach your gut.
You might find that one probiotic will work for you for a certain issue, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it will help with other problems or that other types of probiotic will work as well.
The NHS advises that if you’re going to try probiotics, it’s best to try them for a month.
You could try:
VSL#3 is one of the world’s most concentrated poly-biotics. It contains 450 billion good bacteria across 8 different strains.
Each of the strains has been freeze-dried so they can reach your gut. Scientific research has proven that VSL#3 has the highest volume of bacteria per dose amongst the leading brands**.
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