Probiotics – it’s been a bit of a buzz word of late and it doesn’t seem to be quietening down anytime soon. That’s because the benefits of probiotics are many. From helping with digestion or boosting your immune system to working quietly behind the scenes helping to prevent infections, diseases or just generally create a happier, healthier “good gut” environment, including a probiotic in your daily health care routine could be just the ticket. But with so many on the market, what are the main ones you need to know about? Read on below as we summarise the 6 main probiotics that you need to know about.
- Bifidobacteria animalis (B. animalis) – These good bacteria are known to grow well in milk-products and so will often be included in fermented types of these. Lab studies have shown that this probiotic is a great immune system booster, as well as adding lots of the good flora to your gut.
- Bifidobacteria breve (B. breve) – This strain is great at fighting off yeast infections. This makes it perfect if you’re looking for a probiotic that can give the good bacteria in your digestive tract or vagina a boost.
- Bifidobacteria lactis (B. lactis) – This probiotic comes from raw milk and is the starter for certain dairy products such as buttermilk and certain cheeses. It’s known as a bit of an all-rounder probiotic and is good for an array of things including digestion, oral health, immunity, allergy reduction, and improving cholesterol levels.
- Bifidobacteria longum (B. longum) – Living in your gastrointestinal tract, this probiotic is a superstar at breaking down carbohydrates. Studies have shown it’s effective at alleviating constipation and symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis and celiac disease. It’s also renowned as a great source of antioxidants and as an excellent anti-inflammatory.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) – This probiotic is one of the most common and that you’ve probably heard about before. Most commonly found in yoghurt, it helps with digestion and combats the bad bacteria which can be present in the vagina.
- Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) – This good bacteria hang out in the mouth and intestines and are known to benefit the gums, teeth, and gastrointestinal tract.
At Kiara Pharmacy, we stock a range of probiotics which can be a worthwhile supplement to your everyday diet. Contact us today to speak to one of our expert staff regarding what might be the best option for you.