Is it true that probiotics can help improve gut health?

Probiotics are live, beneficial bacteria that actually provide health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. These beneficial bacteria play an important role in a few tasks, such as:

  • Keeping harmful bacteria under control.
  • Helps digest and absorb nutrients – at the same time producing certain vitamins,
    e.g. Vitamin B-12.
  • Supports the intestinal immune system by keeping gut cells healthy.
  • Protects against harmful effects of infectious organisms that enter the gut.
  • Helps reduce the effects of harmful toxins and cancer-causing substances that may be produced in the intestines.

Pre-biotics on the other hand, are non-digestible carbohydrates (some dietary fibre) that help the good/beneficial bacteria grow, flourish and stay healthy.

Some of the foods that contain probiotics include yoghurt, cultured milk drinks, and fermented foods.