Welcome. I did a blog about the health benefits of probiotics where I discussed the research on certain probiotic bacterial strains and their effect on IBS, ulcerative colitis and pouchitis. Is one probiotic brand as good as the next? Unlikely, as only a few strains out of dozens of possible bacterial strains have been proven in clinical studies to offer some health benefits to humans. This is also the reason why there is such conflicting results between studies using different probiotic strains. The health benefits seem to come from a select few bacterial strains. Research has consistently shown the benefits of a handful of probiotic strains. These are the strains I will be discussing.
I am sure most of you have heard of probiotics but are not quite sure of their relevance to human health. Probiotics are live microorganisms such as yeast and bacteria that we orally ingest which are believed to have beneficial effects in our bodies, most specifically our digestive system. We take probiotics in the hopes of re-colonizing our digestive tract with “good’ bacteria and thus overtaking “bad” bacteria which have been linked to a variety of health problems.