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Benefits of Probiotics – Friendly bacterias

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The bowel contains over 400 species of bacteria weighing almost 4 pounds (1.5 kilos). Live bacteria make up about 30% of the mass of a stool. Some of these bacteria are potentially harmful and can cause disease. However, many are friendly bacteria and have a beneficial effect in our bodies. These beneficial bacteria are often referred to as ‘probiotics’ – this literally translates as ‘for life’. Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus are the ‘good’ bacteria that normally inhabit our bowels and they are responsible for keeping ‘bad’ bacteria and fungi such as, candida albicans, under control. If the harmful bacteria dominate in the bowel essential vitamins and enzymes are not produced and the level of toxins in the body rises. This rise in harmful toxins can potentially cause cancer, liver and kidney disease, high blood pressure, artery disease and poor immunity. Benefits of Probiotics The lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidus and other friendly bacteria are able to do the following. Weaken antibiotic resistant bacterial strains and ‘supergerms’ and infections in people who have a compromised immune system. Manufacture B vitamins (biotin, B3, B5, B6, folic acid and B12) and vitamin K. Inhibit the bacteria that convert nitrates into nitrites and secrete carcinogens – ...

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Probiotics and liver protection

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Probiotics Probiotics are dietary supplements which contain beneficial bacteria. The most commonly used is lactic acid bacteria. Since they are capable of transform sugar (including lactose) and carbohydrate to lactic acid, they have long been used in food industry. The most common probiotic bacteria belong to the strain of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Probiotic bacterial cultures help restore gut flora. Since 70% of the immune system can be found in the intestines, the restoration of gut flora is essential for the immune system in order to be able to work properly. Lactobacillus Acidophilus Lactobacillus acidophilus is a species of gram positive bacteria in the genus Lactobacillus. L. acidophilus is a homofermentative, microaerophilic species, fermenting sugars into lactic acid, and grows readily at rather low pH values (below pH 5.0) and has an optimum growth temperature of around 37 °C (99 °F). L.acidophilus occurs naturally in the human and animal gastrointestinal tract and mouth. Some strains of L. acidophilus may be considered to have probiotic characteristics. These strains are commercially used in many dairy products, sometimes together with Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus in the production of acidophilus-type yogurt. Some strains of L. acidophilus have been studied extensively for health ...

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