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Get “In the Know” about Probiotics
May 25, 2010, 4:40 pm
Filed under: General Nutrition

With so many probiotic products on the market, you’ve likely heard the term. Let’s take a moment to get you “in the know” about probiotics so you can decide whether or not they’re right for you. Probiotics are live bacteria that assist in restoring a healthy balance of micro flora in your intestines. These beneficial bacteria play a role in digestion, limit the growth of harmful bacteria and viruses, and may provide other health benefits.

Probiotics are strongly recommended for anyone taking antibiotics. Antibiotics kill harmful bacteria to help you recover from illness and in the process kill healthy bacteria in the gut. Probiotics have also been found to benefit those suffering from digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and lactose intolerance.

There are other potential benefits to taking probiotics, which include improving the immune system, preventing colon cancer, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and increasing mineral absorption. If you’re looking for help in these areas you can try probiotics, but keep in mind that we need more research before we’re sure of these benefits.

Although yogurt is the most well-known food source of probiotics, these beneficial bacteria also show up in milk, cheese, ice cream, frozen yogurt, fresh pasteurized juices, cereal, and nutrition bars. They can also be found as supplements in the form of tablets, capsules or powders.

When shopping for a probiotic food or supplement, look for products that contains L. acidophilus and supply 3-5 billion living microorganisms. Bear in mind that microorganisms can die on the shelf so make sure to find products that guarantee living microorganisms at the time of purchase.

This information was brought to you by OC Nutrition, Your Trusted Source for Health & Nutrition Advice and Bonnie Doerr, CSULB Dietetic Intern. OC Nutrition offers nutrition counseling services over the phone or in person in Newport Beach, Irvine, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Chino, Glendora and Long Beach. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Kristy L. Richardson, MS, MPH, RD, CSSD, CHES
Registered Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
(949) 933-6788

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