Frequently asked questions
Probiotics are living micro-organisms that offers varied health benefits. Some of the benefits include maintaining gut health, strengthening immunity and boosting vaginal health.
Probiotics contains variety of microorganisms, such as bacteria (Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium) and yeast (Saccharomyces boulardii)
Vast research has been carried out on probiotics which shows that probiotics are beneficial for following health issues such as:
- Antibiotic-associated diarrhea (including diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile)
- Necrotizing enterocolitis and sepsis in premature infants,
- Infant colic
- Periodontal disease
- Ulcerative colitis.
Probiotics, if not consumed regularly cannot benefit you. There are not reported side-effects associated with the use of probiotics. Hence, a daily dose of probiotics is recommended as per physician’s recommendations.
Depending on the type of probiotic mix, research has shown beneficial health effects can be observed from a dose of 1 - 40 billion bacteria /day. One should consume recommended daily serving as per doctor’s recommendations.
No, they are not same! Probiotics are living-microorganisms which offers various health benefits whereas prebiotics are nondigestible food components which selectively stimulates the growth of good microorganisms.
People of all age groups can consume probiotics. Supplementation of infant formula with probiotics can help in baby’s normal growth and development.
The health benefits of probiotics may vary from person to person. Probiotics can strengthen the weak immune system within few days, but for those in already good health, immediate benefits may not be observed. Either way, probiotic consumption will help balance your gut microflora, boost your immune system and support respiratory health.
Antibiotics are known to disrupt the balance of intestinal flora. Probiotics can help to maintain healthy balance of beneficial bacterial. Thus, it is usually recommended to take probiotics at least two hours before or after antibiotic consumption.
Probiotics reduces toxins produced by diarrhea causing pathogens, thereby reducing stool frequency and improving consistency.
Probiotics produce lactic acid in trace amounts which drops pH in the vaginal tract. The lower pH of vagina is particularly useful as it inhibits the growth of the yeast and harmful bacteria that causes vaginitis.
Travelers may suffer from diarrhea due to exposure to diarrhea causing bacteria and pathogens. Taking of probiotics 3 to 5 days before the trip, during the trip and continuing for two weeks after returning from the trip can help control diarrhea.
Side-effects such as gassiness are reported in less than 1% of test groups. But this can be managed by stopping probiotic intake for few weeks and then, restarting at a lesser dose (50% of recommended dose).