Probiotics have been getting a lot of attention lately for their ability to aid digestion. They come in a variety of different forms, but a recent study shows that consuming probiotics that exist in particular foods may provide the best benefits.
Probiotics are living bacteria that exist naturally in many foods. Products such as yeast, yogurt, soybeans, and certain soft cheeses all contain these good microbes. Your body naturally produces and contains probiotics as well. They aid your digestive system, and help prevent and treat stomach diseases like irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as conditions such as cramping, diarrhea, and gassiness.
Researchers from the University of California at Davis wanted to determine whether probiotic supplements or food-based probiotics were more effective after they were ingested. They gave both forms to mice who had colitis, or inflammation of the colon. After they were ingested, the researchers measured which form was more beneficial to each specimen’s overall health. The specific strain of probiotic that was being investigated was Lactobacillus casei, which is found in many products.