Is it worth taking probiotics in capsules ?

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Is introducing probiotics in the form of a pharmacological product into a daily diet justified and how long can they be taken? How can probiotic drugs affect the body?

 

Probiotics, what exactly is it?

In the adult human body there are about 2 kg of bacteria, some of them are putrefactive bacteria, but the vast majority are bacteria that form a natural protective shield for the body against fungi, viruses and pathogens, as well as those involved in the digestive process. Probiotic drugs are microorganisms most commonly taken in the form of capsules, sachets with powder, or drops, which when introduced into the body, assume colonies supporting the natural bacterial flora. On the other hand, prebiotics are very different – substances that help create natural colonies of “good” bacteria, the combination of probiotics and prebiotics are symbiotics that comprehensively affect the development of bacterial flora.

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When to take probiotic medicines?

Until recently, there was a belief that we accept probiotics after antibiotic treatment, because the drug fights all bacteria, both those responsible for infection, the natural bacterial flora of the body, as well as bacteria introduced into the body with the help of probiotics. Currently, taking probiotic medications during antibiotic treatment is indicated and justified as modern probiotic drugs are resistant to antibiotics. In addition, doctors recommend taking probiotics in the form of pharmacological products during the use of hormonal contraception including pills, patches, injections, as well as intrauterine inserts. Regular intake of “good bacteria” protects against bacterial flora and mycotic fungal infections. Another indication for the use of probiotic drugs are gastrointestinal infections, poisoning, digestive problems, and sensitive-bowel syndrome.

 

Probiotic prophylaxis, i.e. immunosuppression or immunomodulation.

Recently, the media has become loud about immunosuppression, consisting in the start of taking a probiotic preparation from early autumn to late spring in order to protect against winter infections. Opponents of this theory criticize the idea recalling that there are many food products that contain natural probiotics and that they should be eaten prophylactically. Proponents, on the other hand, recall that regular intake of probiotics has a positive effect on the digestive system, which is first of all taken in capsules with bacterial flora, and he is a very important part of the immune system, which as much as 70% is in the intestine. Probiotics also support the body in the fight against pathogens, care for proper PH and protect intestinal mucosa, participate in the production of bactericidal substances. In addition, it has been proven that taking probiotics supports the production of vitamins K and B12, and improves the assimilation of certain vitamins and minerals, and also reduces the level of “bad” cholesterol.

 

Probiotics are also effective in alleviating the symptoms of asthma in children, atopic dermatitis, acne, are also associated with the alleviation of food allergies, as well as anticancer effects, are helpful in the treatment of inflammation of the throat, upper respiratory tract and chronic sinusitis. They are indicated in the treatment and prevention of inflammation of the urinary and reproductive tract, delay the aging process of cells, and can counteract most diseases of civilization. According to the Global European Allergy and Asthma Network, genes, contaminated environments and poor diets are largely responsible for the increasing numbers of allergy sufferers and asthmatics. According to GA²LEN, regular intake of probiotics may prevent allergy and reduce the incidence of asthma, as well as alleviate their symptoms.

 

Do all probiotics work the same?

We can divide probiotic bacteria into several basic groups

 

– lactic acid sticks,

– kernels,

– bifidobacteria,

– yeasts.

 

The former occur naturally in some dairy products such as yogurt, curds, kefirs, or sauerkraut. On the packaging of products containing natural probiotics and enriched with additional strains of good bacteria, the most common information is what colonies of bacteria and how much the product contains. In the case of drugs there are 5 groups of bacteria strains, so before buying a probiotic, it is worth telling the pharmacist what will be used and ask which preparation will be the most effective.

 

Which probiotic drugs are the best?

The best probiotic drugs are those that are resistant to the acids found in the stomach, thanks to which they reach the intestines and release the strains of beneficial bacteria. Moreover, the effectiveness of probiotics is also influenced by the amount of bacteria that should be neither too small nor too large, therefore it is worth taking them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

In summary, probiotics are necessary for antibiotic therapy and in addition can be extremely helpful in the prevention and alleviation of the symptoms of many diseases. In order to provide the body with live cultures of beneficial probiotic bacteria, you can use capsules, but it is worth to provide them also in the simplest and most natural way, and thus along with food. In a few days, an article about probiotics-rich foods will appear on our site. We invite you to read.

Posted on: October 23, 2018

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