The term probiotic is derived from the Latin word “pro,” which means “for” and the Greek word “biotic” meaning “life”. The scientific definition of probiotic is “living microorganism that confer health benefits when consumed in adequate amount”
Is prebiotics the same as probiotics?
Prebiotics and Probiotics are different. Prebiotics are non-digestible food such as fiber that can support the growth of good bacteria in our gut. In a simple term, probiotic is “good bacteria”, and prebiotic is “food for good bacteria”.
Do you need to ask a doctor before taking probiotics and if so, why?
If you are generally healthy, then the answer is no. But if you have a serious medical condition – such as those have undergone gut surgery, or those with severe immune deficiency – then you should talk to your doctor before consuming probiotics.
What is the difference between taking probiotics and taking yogurt directly?
Probiotic strain and dosage in supplement has been clinically proven to be effective for health. However, in yoghurt, you don’t always know the type and quantity of probiotic you are consuming.
Probiotic live count in yoghurt is usually 10 to 100 times lesser than probiotic supplement
The strain used in probiotic supplements are usually selected based on health benefits, while in yoghurt, the strain is usually selected based on ability to produce good taste and survivability in the yoghurt
Probiotic supplements are tested to be able to survive in the gut acid and bile, while
Probiotics supplement have longer shelf life
Yoghurt is usually milk based, may not be suitable for those intolerance towards milk product
Yoghurt usually contains a lot of added sugars compared to probiotic supplements
Is it safe for me to take probiotics if I am pregnant?
During pregnancy, mothers-to-be often have digestive problems such as constipation. Consuming probiotics regularly is safe and may help to prevent small digestive disorders and promote overall wellness.
Should I consume probiotics when I am on antibiotics?
Although antibiotics may reduce the efficacy of probiotics, we still recommend that probiotics should be taken during and for 1-2 weeks after antibiotic consumption. The probiotics will be helpful in restoring the gut healthy microflora and reduce the incidence of antibiotic-related diarrhea.
Are there any side effects to taking probiotics?
Probiotics has been recognized as “Generally recognized as Safe” due to its long history of usage. It is very rare to have consumer report any side affects from taking probiotics. Of those that may report any side effect, it is usually mild and temporary such as increase in gas or bloating. The problem is usually resolved when the user stop taking for a few days and then resumes to a lesser dose (50% of recommended dose).
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