3 Steps to Choosing Your Best Probiotic for Men, Women and Entire Family

Definitive guide to choosing Probiotic

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Probiotic – a Medical approach. This is a definitive guide to choosing the right probiotic for your and your family.

So you’ve decided to take a probiotic. You however don’t know where to start or what to take.

This is a definitive guide to making the right choice of the best probiotic for men, women or whole family. It has been researched, with references and authoritative information based on clinical trials and studies.

It looks at a five-step process that will define your goal, understand the right probiotic strains and amounts (CFU) that you require; look at probiotic preservation methods and finally assist you in making the right decision.

Step 1 – Define your goal – what are you trying to achieve?

Having a goal in mind is the best starting point. It all starts with knowing what you want to achieve from a health perspective. Having a goal for general wellbeing, is still a good goal.

Lets start by understanding what a probiotic is.

What is a probiotic?

Probiotics are bacteria. Good bacteria.

WebMD defines probiotics as ‘live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you’, while Food and Organization (FAO) of the United Nations – has one of the best definitions of probiotics – as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” In a comprehensive document titled “Probiotics in food – Health and nutritional properties and guidelines for evaluation“, the scope, properties, regulatory, benefits and safety of probiotics in food was thoroughly

Probiotic as a word is relatively new and literally translates to “for life”. The role that beneficial bacteria (good bacteria) play in humans and animals was first observed and defined by Eli Metchnikoff, the Russian born Nobel Prize winner working at the Pasteur Institute at
the beginning of 20th Century, who suggested that:

“The dependence of the intestinal microbes on the food makes it possible to adopt measures to modify the flora in our bodies and to replace the harmful microbes by useful microbes”

(Metchnikoff, 1907)

Eli Metchnikoff - Probiotics History, Original Definition and Nobel Prize Winner.

 

Eli Metchnikoff – Probiotics History and Original Definition

Not all bacteria have harmful effects. In fact, most of the bacteria found in your gut is good bacteria and yeast that are beneficial to your overall health. Bad bacteria on the other hand cause infection, disease and illnesses. However, there is “good” or “helpful” bacteria that plays a very useful role in your health and wellness. The good bacteria is also known as ‘Probiotics’.

Probiotics are found all over the body. Most of them are found in gut… however, they are also found on your skin, your genital system and other parts of your body where they play a crucial role. We get probiotics from various foods that help nourish and nurture the good bacteria in our body. These include yoghurt, kefir, pickles, some cheese, etc. One of the most important sources of probiotics is through supplementation.

Medical conditions & known health benefits from Probiotics

Before making a choice of the right probiotic or probiotic rich foods, it is important to know medical areas where probiotic benefits have been well researched. These conditions have benefits medically confirmed and the use of probiotics is generally accepted in the healthcare profession.

1. Digestive Health 

Good bacteria (probiotics) are known to restore the natural balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut. 1.

Some of the common digestive health conditions known to benefit from probiotics include: 

  • Diarrhea
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) – (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)

2. Female Intimate Health 

 

3. Allergies and Eczema

 

4. Immune System

 

5. Other Conditions and Health Benefits

Step 2 – What is the right probiotic strain for you?

Now that you know the different conditions that benefit from the usse of probiotics, let’s turn our attention to the right probiotic strains that will benefit you.

Different probiotic strains have been studied in different conditions. Even though a combination is usually useful, some of the conditions require a specific and particular probiotic-strain

Probiotic Strains – What are they?

What probiotic strains are important for what condition?

Step 3 – What is CFU and why does it matter

Step 4 – How are probiotic preserved?

Step 5 – Making the final choice of the best probiotic

  1. Define your objective and why it is important for you.
  1. Decide the right probiotic strains
  1. Choose the right CFU to ensure excellent delivery to your gut.
  1. Ensure that the probiotics are well preserved
  1. Natural probiotic sources – foods and supplements rich in probiotics
    1. Foods high in probiotics

REFERENCES

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15481739
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