Probiotics are organisms that are supposed or held to have a pronounced role in improving human health. A good example of such probiotics is bacteria that are found in food and some supplements. They help in the digestion and they are as well important in boosting the immune system of an individual. One may wonder why it may be necessary to take live bacteria, when we spend a lot of time killing bacteria with the use of antibiotics. The reason is simple and this may include the right balance of bacteria in our bodies since they are of great help (Floch, & Kim, 2010). As a result, this paper will be elucidating and giving further details on the different families of probiotics. In addition, the paper will be expounding on the circumstances that it may be recommended for use as well as where to get the probiotics.
There are several families of probiotics; they are identified according to the kind of tasks they perform in the gut. A bifid bacterium is one of such families. There are several species that belong to this family and they make up a very large percentage of useful bacteria in the intestines especially in infants. It is supposed to be important as well in dental cavities, improved blood lips among other important applications. We also have the leuconostoc which have been discovered to be very important in the processing of food not to mention other useful benefits (Liong, 2011). The streptococcus thermophile is still another useful probiotics that produces large quantities of lactase enzyme. The other family is the saccharomyces boulardii that is the only yeast producing probiotics. This family has over time been found effective in the treatment of diarrhea in as much is it is not the only problem it helps in the human body (Floch, & Kim, 2010).
It can be noticed that, over a long time, the fermented dairy products will highly contain the beneficial elements. They have been known for their high content of probiotics with yogurt being one of the most common forms of the fermented dairy products. Yogurt is mostly taken not only by the young generation, but is always consumed by a majority of people. Very many people take it without the information of its beneficial properties but because it is sweet and generally acceptable by many people (Floch, & Kim, 2010). These products are not the only ones that contain probiotics, there are several other food staffs that also contain it, these include the cereals, cookies and juice among others which are very common and frequently used.
One thing for a fact is that, very many people do not know when it is necessary to take the probiotics, it is very important for any individual to know the signs that tell the necessity to take the supplements for probiotics. It is because; manufactures of supplements are not always true to the amount of probiotics in the supplements. Their intake has a lot of side effects, not every person is allowed to take the supplements, our bodies are very different and supplements only help us to attain a balance which is important to ensure our bodies are safe enough to handle some complications (Trenev, 1998). Therefore, there is no one common form of establishing that one is in need of the supplements, but one has to be keen to look at the symptoms to identify this.
Taking supplements without the knowledge of the probiotics contained in it is very dangerous especially to children, pregnant mothers and the aged; they may have serious repercussions to the individuals. It has been found out that manufactures are not very genuine about the level of probiotics in the supplements. (Trenev, 1998). Therefore, it is very important that, the supplements should be taken under a strict monitor of a doctor to avoid the future problems. In conclusion, it can be deduced from the above elucidation that probiotics are very important in the body. This can be attributed to the fact that they help the body in very many ways (Liong, 2011). However, it is very important to keenly know how to take its supplements since they have serious impacts on the body.
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