How Do Probiotics Work?

    Probiotics encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut.

    The main role of probiotics is to maintain a healthy balance in your body. Good bacteria helps to support immune function and control inflammation.[1] Here are some of their possible mechanisms:[1]

    • Help your body maintain a healthy community of microorganisms;
    • Produce substances that have desirable health effects;
    • Enhance your body’s immune response;
    • Breakdown and absorb medications;
    • Create vitamins.

    Eating a well-balanced diet rich in fibre helps keep the number of good bacteria at optimum levels.[2]

    1. (2019). ‘Probiotics: What you need to know’. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH). Available at: <https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/probiotics-what-you-need-to-know>
    2. (2020). ‘Probiotics’. Clevelandclinic. 9 March. Available at: <https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/14598-probiotics>

     

     

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