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Probiotics and Prebiotics: Bugs You Should Love

Are you a fan of probiotics? Maybe prebiotics? What's the difference anyway?

Probiotics - dietary supplements/foods containing good bacteria - are a big trend in supplements today. This is because they can help regulate your digestive system by managing lactose intolerance, preventing colon cancer, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, improving immune function and preventing infections, reducing inflammation, improves mineral absorption, prevents harmful bacterial growth under stress and improving systems of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Colitis. That is quite a list!!!

The reason is because probiotics assist the body's naturally occurring gut flora (useful microorganisms that live in the digestive tract) that often get out of whack from the foods we eat to the antibacterial soap we use. That's one good bug. Probiotics can be found in yogurt (live & active cultures) and yeast, but they are most commonly consumed in supplement form. You can buy probiotic supplements from The Vitamin Shoppe.

While probiotics are getting increasing popular in the United States, evidence supports that the benefits of prebiotics - Non-digestible food ingredients that selectively stimulate the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon, and improve host health- are a better way to increase good bacterial growth in the gut. Prebiotic foods include soybeans, Jerusalem artichokes, raw oats, unrefined wheat and unrefined barley. Prebiotics naturally occur in breast milk and are believed to play an important role in the development of a healthy immune system in infants.

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Lay10 Lay10 6 years
Probiotics are amazing, but they are all different. When you eat yogurt, most "good" bacteria dies before it gets to your gut. There are some probiotics that survive and have great clinical evidence that they work. A new product that is amazing is MOJOMILK ( It's the first probiotic chocolate milk mix....60% less calories than other chocolate milk and 10x more active cultures than yogurt. Great taste too!
Hmorris Hmorris 10 years
I'm curious to hear if anyone had success with the supplement. My doc gave me antibiotics to decrease to bacteria in my stomach and it reacted badly. I'd like to try the probiotics, but I'd like to hear some success stories.
Cairo Cairo 10 years
_I tried that pro biotic yogurt, but it really upset my stomach, I ate it for a week, started feeling sick, so stopped eating it, the 2nd day after I stopped eating it I felt better, wanted to test it so I hate one, Yep that's what made me sick!___________________________________________________________ "Yes! I Am Every Canadian!"
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
interesting,.... i'm ALWAYS sick, that its sickening.. i think i'm gonna look into adding these along with my multi vitamin... i'll let ya know if i notice anything!
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