Probiotics Influence Overall Health
Recent scientific research on probiotics shows great benefits for overall health by improving a damaged or weakened gut microbiome.
“we depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive: a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins”
Probiotics Provide Digestive Support
Probiotics Reduce Inflammation
Probiotics reduce a key marker of inflammation known as C-reactive protein (CRP). Elevated levels of CRP are associated with a greater risk for metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. When people injest probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, this inflammatory compound drops.
Clinical trials studying the effects of probiotics and synbiotics on intestinal chronic diseases also show a reduction in pro-inflammatory cytokines and the clinical symptoms of patients with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis.
Probiotics May Reduce Allergy Symptoms
Not all probiotics work for allergies, but a combination of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria used in a double-blind study showed participants suffered fewer allergy-related nose symptoms, which meant that they were less troubled during daily activities.
Probiotics Can Improve Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms
A review of randomized control trials shows limited support for the use of some probiotics in reducing human anxiety and depression. This makes sense to me since other researchers have found evidence that irritation in the gastrointestinal system may send signals to the central nervous system that trigger mood changes.