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11 Reasons to Love Probiotics

Posted by on February 20, 2020 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

By Dr. Joseph Mercola |

Commonly referred to as “good bacteria,” probiotics are live organisms that can be taken as a supplement to help diversify your gut microbiome and influence biological processes all throughout your body. You’ve probably heard about probiotics but may be wondering if they’re worth the hype. The short answer is yes. Proven health benefits of probiotics include:

1. Boosting cognitive function — Studies show probiotics may help maintain brain function, such as boosting spatial and nonspatial memory. They may also help manage anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

2. Uplifting mood — Research shows probiotics may help reduce negative thoughts associated with a sad mood.

3. Improving bioavailability of nutrients — Certain probiotics can help produce vitamins, such as B2 and B12. One type of probiotic in particular — Lactobacillus fermentum — was also shown to increase the bioavailability of calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.

4. Managing depression — Patients with major depressive order may benefit from probiotic supplementation. Researchers found that patients diagnosed with the disease who took probiotics regularly exhibited better mental health, along with other positive health markers.

5. Reducing stress and anxiety — Several studies have shown that taking a probiotic supplement may help naturally reduce stress and anxiety.

6. Managing weight — Research shows probiotics may help decrease abdominal fat accumulation and help you lose weight, especially among people affected with metabolic disorders.

7. Controlling blood sugar levels — Probiotics have been shown to help naturally improve insulin sensitivity and good cholesterol levels.

8. Controlling blood pressure — Studies show that patients suffering from high blood pressure may be able to manage their blood pressure levels by consuming probiotics.

9. Improving gut health — Probiotics can help maintain a healthy gut, reducing your risk of common gastrointestinal issues.

10. Boosting immune health — Probiotics can help improve your body’s ability to ward off diseases by stimulating the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines and moderating white blood cell action.

11. Managing inflammation — Several studies indicate that the intake of probiotics can help reduce inflammation throughout your body.

Probiotics can also be found in some foods. Probiotic-rich foods to add to your diet include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, natto, and miso.

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