How Much Probiotic Should I Take


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How Much Probiotic Should I Take

  1. 1. BY PROBIOTICS EXPERT: DR. RAGA How much probiotic should I take?
  2. 2. What are probiotics?  Probiotics are live microorganisms, such as yeasts and bacteria, which are known to confer beneficial health effects to the one who consumes it in adequate amounts.  Probiotics came from the words “pro” and “biota” which means “for life”.  Probiotics beneficially affects the person who consumes it by replenishing the intestinal microbial population beyond the number of the existing ones. Thus, this results to increased inhibition of pathogen growth and multiplication.
  3. 3. Benefits of probiotics 1. Digestive Health  According to researchers, probiotics can replenish the intestines’ number of good bacteria. This promotes a healthy balance between the good and bad bacteria in the intestinal flora. Thus, it maintains a healthy digestive tract.  The use of probiotics has been linked to treatment of digestive issues such as constipation, gas, and abdominal cramps.  It has been also used as one of the alternative treatments for irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.  Another form of treatment for antibiotic-associated diarrhea and traveller’s diarrhea.
  4. 4. Benefits of probiotics 2. Immune system  Almost 70 to 85 percent of the immune system is located at the digestive tract  Keeping a healthy intestinal flora is essential in order to maintain the integrity of the immune system  When the immune system is improved, there is less chances of having infections such as urinary tract infections and yeast infections.  Probiotics have also been associated in the prevention of allergies such as atopic eczema.
  5. 5. Benefits of probiotics 3. Other uses  According to some studies, probiotics are effective in lowering the level of cholesterol in the blood. Thus, it can also help in preventing hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases.  Probiotics are also linked to improving an infant’s health. Based on some research, probiotics can be utilized in the beginning of the establishment of good bacteria’s colony in the digestive system. This results to the infant’s better defence against pathogens.
  6. 6. Benefits of probiotics  Probiotics are also believed to have a beneficial effect in cancer prevention. According to the researchers, probiotics have a certain substance which has been found to be an anti-tumor agent.  According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, there is a connection between digestive health and normal brain function. She states that having a healthy digestive system is a great help in preventing impaired brain functioning such as in the case of autism.
  7. 7. Forms of probiotic products  Probiotics are commonly found available in the form of supplements and fermented foods. These can be easily added in the diet of the person who wants to have a supply of beneficial bacteria.  The supplement form of probiotics are available in capsules, liquids, and powders. Usually, these supplement products contain 1 billion live bacteria per gram.  On the other hand, probiotics can be consumed through fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, cheese, milk, cereals, bars, and fermented cabbage.
  8. 8. When is a probiotic recommended?  Actually, probiotics can be pretty much taken by everyone. This is due to the reason that it is a supplemental or dietary product.  However, there are cases in which replenishment of good bacteria is more necessary than others. These are the people who have been experiencing digestive tract problems. Also, it is advised for people who are undergoing a long-term antibiotic therapy.  Although probiotics are fairly safe to almost everyone, caution should be observed in its use especially for those who have compromised immune system.
  9. 9. How much probiotics should I take?  In the case of probiotic supplements, the therapeutic dosage varies. So, it depends to the product’s instructions on how it should be taken. Generally for maintenance or preventive purposes, a dose of between 1 - 4 billion CFUs daily is advised. For therapeutic use, such as for those who have intestinal infection or undergoing antibiotic treatment, a dose of 10 or more billion CFUs is recommended.  As for the probiotics intake through fermented foods, there is no overdose since the quantity of live bacteria here is minimal and considered to be non-toxic.
  10. 10. My Favorite Probiotic  Probacto is the best probiotic that I have ever run into. They use multiple strains and they are spore forming so they can last while not refrigerated. They do not use cheap bacteria, but expensive ones such as B. Subtilis.  Probacto also contains prebiotics to help stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut.  Probacto contains digestive enzymes to assist in your digestion.  Probacto is enteric coated and made to be slow release so it will release in your gut gradually.
  11. 11. Conclusion  Probiotics use is becoming widely known nowadays. It is also utilized as a form of adjunctive or alternative treatment. Also, since these products are supplements, their production is not strictly recommended. With this, it is a must to seek advise from a healthcare professional to ensure best results. Moreover, it is almost impossible to have an overdose of probiotics but in order to be sure, there are some studies which provided some guidelines as to how many should be taken. This is essential to ensure safe and quality results.