Everyone is talking about bacteria
Friendly bacteria, otherwise known as probiotics, are incredibly important for your health. But did you know that a product containing friendly bacteria has to contain billions of bacteria for it to actually work?
Everyone is talking about
Everyone is talking about bacteria.
Not the kind
of bacteria that gifts you with the latest sickness bug, but the kind of
bacteria otherwise known as probiotics, that has been termed ‘friendly’ and offers
the key to good digestion, energy levels, immunity, brain health, well-being,
and a healthy weight.
Yes you did read
that correctly, probiotics are not just beneficial for your gut. Having the
correct balance of bacteria in your gut is paramount in providing assistance
with all manner of bodily functions, not least brain health and immunity.
The ‘need to knows’ of friendly
a recent study by Healthspan, a whopping 72% of people have no idea how much
bacteria a probiotic product should contain for it to be beneficial.
already have such a large number of bacteria in our gut, and when we say large
we mean trillions and trillions, we have to consume a very high dose in order for
them to effectively colonize.
words, for bacteria to have any health benefits on our body, we need to absorb
it in its billions. Anything that doesn’t contain billions of bacteria is not going
to provide you with the health benefits that you’re after.
The world of
microflora includes an unbelievable number of different types of bacteria, but
two types exist that may help regulate our immune system: lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.
point it is also worth mentioning that prebiotics and probiotics are not the
same thing. The former represent a special form of dietary fibre that acts as a
fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut, and the latter are that good bacteria.
prebiotics, whilst also being individually beneficial to our health, feed probiotics.
The easiest route to a healthy
gut is supplements
programme ‘Save Money Good Health’ recently compiled a guide to the number of
bacteria in popular probiotic products. It revealed the following:
contain Forty thousand bacterium
drinks contain Ten billion bacterium
Sauerkraut contains Thirty million bacterium
Sachets and or supplements contain Two hundred billion bacterium
For those who find the term ‘sauerkraut’ challenging, it describes a
cabbage like superfood destined to be gastronomically fashionable in twenty
seventeen. Unfortunately, as well as containing minimal amounts of bacteria,
sauerkraut does not contain any lactobacillus, which is one of the two types of
bacteria that may help regulate our immune system.
What is extremely apparent from this experiment is that supplements
contain by far and away the most friendly bacteria, and that if you’re choosing
to buy probiotic tea over your normal brew, it’s probably not doing you any
You should look for supplements that contain a large quantity of
bacterium as well as both lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Healthspan’s recently released Super50 Pro supplement
ticks both boxes.
you compare the prices of probiotic products, you may want to think about the
level of bacterium they contain.
Supplements are far from being a
waste of money
Brits spent three hundred and fifty million pounds on supplements, and whether
this is a waste of money is a topic that regularly graces the headlines.
is easy to forget that supplements need to be tailored to the individual. Many
supplements, vitamin D for example, will be beneficial to everyone, but some
should be taken as an alternative form of medication and in accordance with advice
from your general practitioner.
probiotics, a mountain of research backs up the benefits of a well-balanced gut
microflora. According to Glen Gibson, Professor of Food Microbiology at Reading
University, ‘friendly bacteria have been described as the body’s silent
partners in health’.
So there you
have it. Friendly bacteria is dominating health conversation, and it looks like
it will continue to do so.