What are probiotics, and why do we need them?

Probiotics can also be called ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria. Our bodies, particularly our guts, are made up of trillions of microbes and bacteria, which vastly outnumber the human cells. Certain types of bacteria help everyday bodily functions, so it’s important to encourage the growth and diversity of 'good' bacteria throughout the body.

Such bacteria line your gut and help to digest food – extracting the vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need to stay healthy. They also crowd out the ‘bad’ bacteria that can lead to digestive upsets. Luckily, it’s possible to restore the balance of good and bad in your gut by taking in good bacteria from natural sources such as live yoghurts and cheese, or from capsules or pills.

What are prebiotics?

There are also prebiotics, which act as fertilisers or catalysts for probiotics; prebiotics are found naturally in foods such as asparagus and onions, and can be taken as supplements.

There are many perceived benefits when it comes to probiotics and prebiotics. Though there’s an increasing amount of research into the benefits of probiotics, it’s worth noting that there’s no conclusive evidence to substantiate the health claims surrounding friendly bacteria. Through our guides and advice from our experts we’ll give you the help you need to do your own research.

A healthy immune system begins in the gut so taking a supplement can act as a helping hand and a booster to the bacteria already found in your gut.

Dr Sarah Brewer

Probiotic supplements

Probiotics prebiotics rangeWe offer a wide range of live bacteria products: all of which contain several carefully-selected strains of ‘friendly’ bacteria.

We’ve combined unprecedented high levels of live cultures with calcium and the vitamins B6 and D3 to support your digestive microflora, energy metabolism and immune health. It's not just about tablets, you can shake a YoGo sachet with any milk to instantly create a delicious low-calorie yogurt drink, enriched with either glucosamine, omega 3, multivitamins, live bacteria, or plant sterols in a variety of flavours.

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Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.



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