Should Healthy People Take Probiotic Supplements?

When you visit a supermarket, you might feel it more like walking through a pharmacy because of its ever-expanding range of milks, yogurts, pills, powders, and specialty foods that boost their “probiotic” power.

People who prefer probiotics have always hailed them as the answer to all sorts of health issues and conditions. But what are probiotics? And, more importantly, should healthy people take them?

Scientifically, probiotics are defined as "live micro-organisms that can confer numerous health benefits to the host when consumed in an adequate amount.” In simple terms, they are a type of “good bacteria,” which are beneficial to the body.

Then can be found naturally in some foods, such as yoghurt and fermented vegetables like pickles and sauerkraut or they can also be taken in dietary supplement form, via products such as Yakult and Inner Health Plus.

While our digestive system contains trillions of microbes that include both the “good” and “bad” bacteria, the balance between them can sometimes get out of whack. The balance can be disrupted by many changes like diseases and poor lifestyle behaviors such as not eating enough fruit and vegetables, heavy drinking, smoking, less physical activity, and aging.

On many accounts, probiotics can easily improve the number and diversity of "good" gut bacteria which can help to keep our digestive system healthy and work efficiently. Probiotics have been proposed to:

  • Boost the immune system.
  • Reduce the blood cholesterol levels.
  • Reduce any symptoms associated with gastrointestinal disorders like constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Improve blood glucose tolerance and even control diabetes.

Most of the research on the health benefits of probiotic supplementation has mostly been done on people with existing health problems. There has been very limited research done in adults who have a healthy gut. According to one piece of research, healthy adults must consume probiotics for a number of benefits like:

  1. It can increase the concentration of "good" bacteria. In the times of digestive imbalance, these probiotic supplements can help restore the balance.
  2. It can also reduce the abdominal discomfort caused by irregular bowel movements and constipation.
  3. There is quite some evidence that states that it can boost the immune system and even help reduce the incidence, duration, and severity of the common cold. Probiotics can influence the immune response by stimulating production and improving cells that fight respiratory infections.

A study has also found that probiotic supplements can help reduce cholesterol in healthy adults. It also shows that probiotics can improve glucose and insulin responses in healthy adults.  

Bacillus clausii are known for their high tolerance towards acid, sugar, salinity, and high thermal stability which can benefit the human body. Bacillus clausii is quite easy to formulate and even easy to dispense. It can survive the gastric acid barrier & bile proliferation in the intestine by releasing the antimicrobial substances. It is also active against pathogenic microbes that can resist antibiotics, and supports a healthy gut. You can buy bacillus clausii in the form of sachets, capsules, tablets, and powders that are available in any nearby pharmacy.

Effective Aquaculture Probiotic Ecosense

Probiotics are being made not only for humans but are widely used in Aquaculture. This is because there has been an increase in the use of antibiotics which has led to the imbalance in the gut.

The uneven growth in the cultivation of fish and shrimp is caused due to several factors; one such condition is unfavorable growth conditions. 
Probiotics can help to maintain sustainable and safe solutions.

Sanzyme Biologics is also known for the production of probiotics like Sporlac. Still, they have also ventured into the aquaculture sector, and they are working towards the stabilization of fish & shrimp. One of their products is Aquaculture Probiotic Ecosense, which is a blend of six Bacillus species.

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