These days use of Probiotics health drinks and Probiotics in other forms (such as capsules, powder) are used by many individuals with the hope of health benefits. According to WHO (World Health Organization) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) Probiotics are defined as: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host”. For Probiotics to have desirable health benefits the number and quality of microorganisms must be adequate in number, according to WHO/FAO definition.
Commonly used bacteria in Probiotics include LAB (lactic acid bacteria) bifidobacteria, yeast, certain bacilli etc. Certain fermented foods such as yogurt, soy yogurt etc. contain Probiotics and microorganisms can also be added to these fermented products. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of the most important bacteria used in different Probiotics products. The lactobacillus acidophilus is the most extensively studied among all microorganisms used in producing Probiotics. They can survive the gastrointestinal transit (through stomach acids and intestinal alkaline juices), as they are resistant to low pH (acidic pH), digestive enzymes and bile. After survival of gastrointestinal transit, the lactobacillus acidophilus adheres to epithelium of intestine and mucus membrane and produces its effects.
The important question is, should you use/take probiotic foods and drinks? It is no an easy and simple question to answer, because there are several studies conducted by reputed organizations which claims that at least half of the Probiotics available in the market do not have the health benefits they claim. Does it mean that you should not use Probiotics or Probiotics health drinks?
You should use probiotics from a well known and reputed brand, such as Probiotix Foods, instead of going for any brand which is available in front of you. Buy only quality product, as it is a matter of your health. If you use low quality health products (including Probiotics), it may cause harm you instead of giving you health benefits to you. That is why it is important to be careful and use only high quality products. Do not compromise on your health and buy only quality health products (such as Probiotics health drinks or any other health products).
Probiotics are available in various preparations such as probiotics food supplements, probiotics capsules, probiotics health drinks, as shakes, chocolates, candy bars etc. consuming probiotics can help in improving health (Health Benefits of Probiotics), especially gastrointestinal health (especially if you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea etc.). Probiotics also have other health benefits, for example as anti aging, as beauty ingredient etc.