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==  Probiotics  ==
==  Probiotics  ==
'''Description'''
'''Description'''
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According to FAO/WHO, probiotics are “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. There are many types of bacteria used as probiotics and the lactic acid bacteria and the [[Bifidobacterium Bifidum]] strains are among the most widely used. These beneficial bacteria are used to increase good bacteria population in the gut, the female genitalia and in areas where there is an overpopulation of harmful organisms; good bacteria work to keep harmful organism growth at normal levels so that it may not cause any harm.  
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), probiotics are “Live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.
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Probiotics are found primarily in products such as fermented milk, yoghurt, cheeses and milk drinks. It can also be in the form of dietary supplements as well.  
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There are many types of bacteria used as probiotics, with the Lactobacillus and Bifido strains amongst the most widely used. These beneficial bacteria help to increase the 'good' bacteria population in the gut and areas where there is an overpopulation of harmful organisms. These 'friendly' bacteria work to keep harmful organism growth in check.
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Probiotics are found primarily in fermented foods such as yogurt and kefir, cheeses, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables. They are also widely available as dietary supplements.  
'''History and Origin'''
'''History and Origin'''
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A Russian scientist and Nobel laureate, Elie Metchnikoff, was the first person to observe the positive effects of good bacteria in the body. The probiotic treatment was beginning to develop during that time in the beginning of the 20th century and many other researchers have made productive research regarding the effect of good bacteria in the fight with opportunistic organisms that cause illnesses of the digestive tract and many other infections as well.  
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A Russian scientist and Nobel laureate, Elie Metchnikoff, was the first person to observe the positive effects of good bacteria in the body. Probiotic treatment began to develop during the beginning of the 20th century, and many researchers have since completed research regarding the success of probiotics for helping to overcome opportunistic organisms that cause dysfunction of the digestive tract and other illnesses.
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Probiotics were also considered in the study of the benefits of breast milk to the overall growth of infants and children. The term probiotics was a combination of two Latin words; pro which means for and biotics derived from the word bios which means life.  
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Probiotic is combination of two Latin words: ''pro'' which means for, and ''biotics'' derived from the word bios, which means life.  
'''Ancient Uses'''
'''Ancient Uses'''
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Probiotics were unheard of during the ancient times. There was no mention of this method of treatment until the early part of the 20th century. Ancient cultures merely relied on good food and healthy habits to become healthy and strong. Illnesses were treated with herbal remedies and formulas.  
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Though probiotics were not known as such during ancient times, cultures of this era relied upon fermented food such as milk and vegetables. Illnesses were treated primarily with healthy foods, as well as herbal medicines gathered from the habitat in which they lived.
'''Modern Uses'''
'''Modern Uses'''
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Probiotics has countless benefits to the human body. It first benefits the digestive tract providing the ability to digest food completely and to utilize food nutrients and energy to the full. It also promotes a healthy colon, free from harmful toxins, yeast and bad bacteria. Harmful bacteria population is kept at bay plus it is a treatment for yeast and fungal infections of the gut, the oral cavity, the male and female genitalia and also the skin.  
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Probiotics provide countless benefits to the human body. They benefit the digestive tract, supporting the ability to digest food completely and utilize nutrients. Probiotics also help maintain a healthy colon free from harmful toxins, yeast and 'bad' bacterial overgrowth, and the health of the oral cavity, the genital tract, and the skin.
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Studies regarding the prevention of colon cancer with regular use of probiotics are also currently being considered. It is also a great treatment to lower blood cholesterol levels, have a positive effect on systemic blood pressure and have the ability to increase immune system function.
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Probiotics may also be ideal for the treatment of diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory illnesses and many other such diseases.
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Probiotics are encouraged for just about anyone. It can benefit everybody since a good colon is the first step to prevent many serious illnesses. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are encouraged to take yoghurt, milk drinks and milk products with probiotics. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants up to two years of age and beyond to get the best out of probiotics in breast milk.
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Although some people have reported stomach upset and gas on the first try of taking probiotics, these symptoms will just disappear after a while.
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[http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/products/double-strength-probiotic-complex-with-acidophilus Double-Strength Probiotic Complex with Acidophilus]
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Probiotics are ideal for supporting the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory conditions, allergies, and many other chronic conditions. Because most of the body's immune system is within the gastrointestinal tract, probiotics are important for ensuring healthy immune system function.  
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[http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/products/colon-and-digestion-essentials Colon & Digestion Essentials]
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Latest revision as of 18:04, 13 August 2012

Probiotics

Description

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), probiotics are “Live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”

There are many types of bacteria used as probiotics, with the Lactobacillus and Bifido strains amongst the most widely used. These beneficial bacteria help to increase the 'good' bacteria population in the gut and areas where there is an overpopulation of harmful organisms. These 'friendly' bacteria work to keep harmful organism growth in check.

Probiotics are found primarily in fermented foods such as yogurt and kefir, cheeses, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables. They are also widely available as dietary supplements.

History and Origin

A Russian scientist and Nobel laureate, Elie Metchnikoff, was the first person to observe the positive effects of good bacteria in the body. Probiotic treatment began to develop during the beginning of the 20th century, and many researchers have since completed research regarding the success of probiotics for helping to overcome opportunistic organisms that cause dysfunction of the digestive tract and other illnesses.

Probiotic is combination of two Latin words: pro which means for, and biotics derived from the word bios, which means life.

Ancient Uses

Though probiotics were not known as such during ancient times, cultures of this era relied upon fermented food such as milk and vegetables. Illnesses were treated primarily with healthy foods, as well as herbal medicines gathered from the habitat in which they lived.

Modern Uses

Probiotics provide countless benefits to the human body. They benefit the digestive tract, supporting the ability to digest food completely and utilize nutrients. Probiotics also help maintain a healthy colon free from harmful toxins, yeast and 'bad' bacterial overgrowth, and the health of the oral cavity, the genital tract, and the skin.

Probiotics are ideal for supporting the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory conditions, allergies, and many other chronic conditions. Because most of the body's immune system is within the gastrointestinal tract, probiotics are important for ensuring healthy immune system function.

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