Does Scientific Research Support Probiotics?

Probiotic organisms work in cooperation with the immune system - Casey Adams, Ph. D.

For over 100 years, probiotics have been scientificially proven to be beneficial to our health.

In 1908 the first probiotics researcher, Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov, recieved the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Ilya Mechnikov found that certain types of bacteria greatly improved people's digestive health. He believed that probiotics supplementation is the key to a long life.

The last 100 years have confirmed Ilya's research and researchers have found more unknown benefits than the Nobel Prize winner could have imagined. He discovered the L. bulgaricus probiotic strain.

What Are Probiotics?

You might be surprised to learn that probiotics are typically bacteria and fungi. While everyone has heard that bacteria are bad, that is only half the story. There are certain probiotic bacteria that need to be in your body.

If your helpful bacteria & yeast are out of balance, your body will more easily get sick, have more allergies, and will even get more cavities.

Read the next section, "Why Should You Take Probiotics?" to learn about all the scientifically proven benefits of probiotics.

Why Should You Take Probiotics?

Probiotics fix immunity, digestion & allergies.

Scientific research proves probiotics help in a wide variety of health conditions.

I've read 351 probiotics research articles and found that the most deeply researched probiotic benefits fall into 3 categories:

  • strengthening immunity
  • decreasing allergies
  • improving digestion

It has also been proven that probiotics fight other diseases such as ulcers, yeast infections, colic, candida & cancer.

The German Cold Study

The common cold...what a pain! Some vitamins & supplements can help. But what about probiotics? A German researcher decided to investigate if probiotics can help defeat the common cold.

In 2005, researcher de Vrese M of the Institute for Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition in Germany gave 479 health adults either:

  • probiotics + vitamins
  • only vitamins

For 3 months during the brutal German winter, both groups took their vitamins, or probiotics + vitamins. The group that took probiotics reported:

  • colds were shorter by 2 days
  • colds were mild

Blood was drawn from both groups. After analysis, the blood immunity markers were found to be much higher in the probiotic group. This proves that probiotic supplmentation will fight other viral infections.

The Japanese Pollen Study

My friend at work dreads springtime in California. Each year she is assulted by a triple-play of a headaches, a runny nose, and a sore throat.

Springtime in Japan is no different. This got Researcher T Ogawa, of the Asahi University School of Dentistry, Japan, to scientifically investigate if probiotics could help with seasonal allergies.

During the peak allergy season in Japan, Professor T Ogawa recruited a group of allergy sufferers. He gave one group L. casei probiotic + dextran, and gave the control group a placebo.

Amazingly, the L. casei probiotic group did not see a spike in any allergies during the peak pollen season. The placebo group did see an increase in allergy symptoms and blood allergy markers.

My friend at work thinks I'm crazy for suggesting she take bacteria (aka probiotics), but the research says that probiotic L. casei will help with her season allergies.

The Finnish IBS Study

I have a close friend who suffers from IBS.

(IBS is a mix of symptoms that range from abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, gurgling stomach, gas and constipation. Often there is alternating diarrhea & constipation...fun, and there are few known effective treatments for IBS!)

IBS is quite common in the USA and also Finland...which is where the brilliant probiotics researcher, Dr. Kajander of Valio Research Centre in Helsinki, Finland conducted this IBS study.

This study was conducted on 103 patients for 6 months. For the 52 pateints who took one probiotic pill a day, their symptoms were reduced by an average 42%!

Here's what the researcher Dr. Kajander said about these amazing results:

Considering the high prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome and the lack of effective therapies...the results indicate that this probiotic mixture is effective in alleviating irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

More Probiotics Benefits

Beyond IBS, allergies, & immunity, probiotics have also been proven to help:

  • Vitamin & Mineral Absorption
  • Intestinal Inflammation
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Infant Diarrhea
  • Colon Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Leaky Gut
  • C. Difficil
  • Ulcers

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