Probiotics are beneficial microbial cultures which reside naturally in the human gastro intestinal tract as normal flora. They are essentially the opposite of antibiotics, which are inhibitory to other bacteria (including Probiotic bacteria). The word 'Probiotic' is derived from two Greek words, 'Pro' and 'Bios', meaning "for life". Probiotics are non pathogenic, do not produce toxins and are considered natural. When a person is treated with antibiotics, the Probiotics residing in the gastro intestinal tract are inhibited, adding another layer of complexity to the illness. To counteract this problem, some physicians prescribe the use of Probiotics following use of an antibiotic, in order to restore healthy gastrointestinal flora.
Modern foods that contain preservatives, dyes, etc are not beneficial to the gastro intestinal flora, especially Probiotics. Consequently, in order to maintain and ensure proper gastro intestinal flora, continuous or periodic supplementation of Probiotics is a must.
The following are the scientifically proven beneficial effects of Probiotics:
Probiotics have immune modulator effect in the human body thus improving the immune system. Probiotics stimulate the production of anti bodies, enhance the systemic activity of macrophages and increase the number of killer cells.
Probiotics reduce the incidence of cancer, through reduction of mutagenesis. Probiotics produce enzymes that inhibit the conversion of procarcinogens into carcinogens.
Probiotics, especially Lactobacillus Acidophilus contain the galactosidase enzyme, which can break down the disaccharide lactose into the simple sugars glucose and galactose in the ileum, and thus reduce the discomfort of lactose intolerance.
AAPI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) Journal has mentioned that H. Pylori can be inactivated or suppressed with the use of proper Probiotics
The fact that Probiotic supplementation inhibits cholesterol concentrations in the blood has been well documented.
The Probiotics are stimulated with the aid of Ayurvedic herbs and in turn the Ayurvedic herbal activity is also enhanced due to Probiotics. This combination improves the efficiency of both Probiotics and Ayurvedic herbs to cure diseases or to support functions of the organs in the human body, without any side effects.