Health Benefits of Probiotics - Review | Ora Mune
The term Probiotic literally means "for life" The World Health organization (WHO) defines a probiotic as live organisms which when taken in adequate amounts confer health benefits on the host. At the time of consumption the organisms should be viable and capable of surviving stomach acidity, gastric and duodenal proteolytic enzymes and adhere to the endothelial colon mucosal cells. There are literally hundreds of different genera and considerably more species of probiotic bacteria of which the Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria make up the majority of gut microflora.
The health associated benefits of probiotics in food has been known for ages and include:
- Enhanced intestinal immunity. Some 70 % of the immune system cells reside within the colon in a layer of lymphoid tissue called the lamina propia. The friendly bacteria stimulate these cells to promote both local and systemic protection against pathogens.
- Protection against Helicobacter pylori bacteria known to cause ulcers and colon cancer particularly in children.
- Positive effect on diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Reduction of fever, coughing and runny noses in infants.
- T cell (a population of lymphocytes) response to certain viral respiratory infections.
- T cell production of TNF alpha upon exposure to certain viruses.
- Enhanced phagocytosis by monocytes and neutrophils.
- Stimulation of innate immune response and increased resistance to pathogens.
- Reduced risks of eczema in infants, allergies and arthritis.
- Cholesterol reduction.
- Anti aging.
The positive actions of probiotics are tied to specific strains and specific doses. Thus the primary goal with any probiotic product is to deliver the right bacteria in ideal numbers to the right place in the body. To promote the growth and activity of friendly bacteria a synbiotic combination of probiotics and inulin a prebiotic (see review prebiotics) are offered in IMUNOBIOTICS. Prebiotics prepare the environment for probiotics to flourish and work at their best.
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