Probiotics are good bacteria that maintain a healthy and balanced digestive system. Humans are known to have 400 different types of probiotic bacteria in their digestive tracts, but when this good bacteria is destroyed or diminished by illness, or antibiotic medication used to treat certain illnesses, people suffer from digestive problems such as diarrhea, gas or cramping. It is for this reason that many people take probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, as dietary supplements in order to prevent the loss of good bacteria in their digestive systems. However, not all probiotics have been proven affective as treatment for diseases and even certain probiotics that have been proven affective are not widely available to the general public.
Probiotics are live microorganisms thought to be beneficial to the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” Lactic Acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobasteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics.
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