Do You Know About Probiotic Bacteria and Their Benefits

By: Wangeci Kinyanjui

For many years now, a good number of bacteria have been praised for the good work they have been doing for humans. Many people around the globe can testify on how they have benefited from activities done by some of the bacteria present around us. What people forget to talk about, is how to sustain these bacteria so that they could continue with the good work though one simple way to achieve this, is through the use of probiotic bacteria. These are dietary supplements which contain live bacteria that are considered to be potentially beneficial. They are usually ingested according to the prescribed amounts so as not to abuse them and later suffer from the action.

Probiotics, which is a term used to mean "for life", were first said to be microbially developed factors used to enhance the growth of other living microorganisms. Later on, a great man called Roy Fuller came with his own definition which was widely accepted by many people and it stated that, probiotics are, "A live microbial feed supplement which beneficially affects the host animal by improving its intestinal microbial balance".

Today, one common type of probiotic bacteria being used by many people are the Lactic acid bacteria commonly referred to as LAB. These bacteria are capable of converting refined sugar including lactose which is found in milk, into lactic acid. This way, milk products such as yogurt can be produced using these probiotic bacteria. The LAB are usually mixed with industrial milk and they are then allowed to consume some of this milk. As they do this, lactose sugar found in milk is also consumed by these bacteria. The bacteria then in turn converts this sugar into lactic acid and then releases it into the remaining milk. When the milk mixes with this acid, it becomes sour and in the process, yogurt is produced. However, while inside the host body, these bacteria are also used to lower the pH levels around their surroundings. By doing this, acid levels rise up and growth of spoilage organisms in the host organism is prevented. As a result of this, gastrointestinal infections in humans are kept off.

Other benefits that probiotic bacteria could bring in the body may include, breaking down of hydrocarbons something that would make the ingested food be split into its simplest form. This will help increase the metabolism rate of the digested food hence the food nutrients being able to be? absorbed by body cells easily. Probiotics also help in the production of both vital enzymes in the body such as lactase and important vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin B and so on.

Probiotic bacteria could either be ingested orally, through a tube that directly feeds into the body intestines or through other therapeutic ways that may be advised to you by your doctor. However, one should not always rush for the oral method because research has it that, although the method has been rendered safe to use by many people and even the world health organization recommended it, in situations involving critically ill patients, the method is perceived to be very harmful.

Wangeci Kinyanjui is an expert on research and reporting on Health Matters for years.To get more information on probiotic bacteria visit her site at PROBIOTIC BACTERIA

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