100 Benefits of Probiotics

It is common knowledge that probiotics are beneficial to one’s health. The most well known benefits include digestive support, reduction of allergies and prevention of cavities. A new analysis encourages pregnant mothers to take probiotics in order to reduce the incidence of allergies in their infants. Recent breakthroughs link probiotic benefits between the gut and the brain, highlighting their importance during pregnancy and proving their benefits for some psychiatric disorders.

Hectic lifestyles and acidic diets may strip our bodies of probiotics, or “good bacteria”, but now through technological advances the application of probiotics extend well beyond the dairy realm.

We comprised a list of over 100 benefits of probiotics, some of which may take you by surprise.

Digestive Benefits

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1. Relieve constipation
2. Inhibit and reduce diarrhea, including antibiotic-related
3. Reduce vomiting
4. Reduce flatulence
5. Decrease nausea
6. Reduce symptoms of Crohn’s disease
7. Reduce and inhibit colitis
8. Reduce bloating and abdominal pain in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
9. Calm symptoms associated with diverticulitis
10. Minimize dyspepsia (chronic indigestion)

Immune System Enhancement

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11. Reduce postoperative infection
12. Lessen burn infection rates
13. Expedite burn healing
14. Support mucosal defenses
15. Inhibit viruses: increase production of virus specific antibodies
16. Vaccination enhancement (ex: Polio)
17. Improve immune system efficiency

Oral Health

18. Reduce plaque
19. Minimize dental cavities
20. Reduce gingivitis and periodontal disease

Organ Function/Health

21. Improve spleen function
22. Liver: decrease risk of cirrhosis
23. Reduce endotoxin levels among cirrhosis patients
24. Promote cellular vitality in the thymus

Women’s Health 

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25. Reduce occurrence of mastitis
26. Vaginosis/Vaginitis: help re-establish the pH of the vagina
27. Inhibit vaginal candidiasis

Pregnancy

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28. Helps avoid vaginal infections, preventing premature birth
29. Lower the risk of allergies in infants
30. Helps build babies gut health via breastfeeding by passing on specific immune system building antibodies

Men’s Health

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31. Supports urinary tract health
32. Optimizes protein utilization
33. Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides improving CV health
34. Supports bone building effects and increase in bone density
35. Prevents colorectal tumor growth

Immune/Autoimmune Illnesses

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36. Reduces inflammation: inhibits systemic inflammatory response syndrome
37. HIV/AIDS: increase immune response in HIV/AIDS patients and decrease symptoms of HIV/AIDS
38. Allergies: reduces atopic dermatitis, prevents atopic eczema

Fight Cancer

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39. Probiotics bind and deactivate carcinogens
40. Inhibit carcinogen-producing enzymes
41. Bladder Cancer: decreases the recurrence of superficial bladder cancer
42. Colon Cancer: promotes tumor inhibition
43. Liver Cancer: reduce exposure to aflatoxins and carcinogens
44. Lung Cancer: inhibit malignant pleural effusions secondary to lung cancer
45. Stomach cancer: inhibit tumor growth of carcinomatous peritonitis/stomach cancer
46. Cervical cancer: reduce cervix tumors when used in combination with radiation therapy
47. Breast cancer: inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells

Treating Acute Illnesses

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48. Reduce incidence of tonsillitis
49. Colds and Influenza: reduce frequency and duration
50. Prevent food poisoning
51. Reduce nasal cavity infections
52. Reduce lower respiratory infections
53. Reduce incidence of ear infections
54. Lessen severity of acute pancreatitis
55. Reduce symptoms of dysentery

Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Disease Management

56. High Cholesterol: reduce LDL-cholesterol in overweight subjects
57. High Blood Pressure: reduce systolic blood pressure
58. Stomach Ulcers: protection of stomach lining from ulcer development
59. Keratoconjunctivitis: decrease eye redness
60. Kidney Stones: increase diffusion of uremic toxins from circulation as waste
61. Reduce asthma symptom severity and medication use
62. Candidiasis: maintain appropriate gut acidity levels to prevent overgrowth
63. Mouth ulcers: decrease healing times
64. Anemia: improve hemoglobin levels with increased iron intake
65. Atherosclerosis: control TMAO levels, decreasing risk for major adverse cardiovascular events
66. Obesity: lead to reduced food intake and improved glucose tolerance

Enhanced Nutrient Absorption & Production

67. Fiber digestion
68. Iron absorption
69. Phytonutrient absorption
70. Protein utilization
71. Increase absorption of dairy
72. Minimize lactose intolerance
73. Increase calcium absorption
74. Improve glucose metabolism
75. Increase B vitamin levels
76. Promotion of essential fatty acids

Infant Health

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77. Normalize gut colonization similar to breast-fed infants and formula-fed infants
78. Reduce necrotizing enterocolitis (primarily in prematurely born infants)
79. Promote growth in preterm infants
80. Reduce lactose-intolerance symptoms
81. Improve colic
82. Prevention of premature births
83. Increased survival of low birth weight infants due to lower intestinal permeability
84. Shorten duration and decrease frequency of rotavirus infections
85. Establish infant microflora

Combat Problematic Pathogens

Pathogens

86. Reduce Clostridium spp. infections
87. Bacteroides spp.
88. Inhibit vancomycin-resistant enterococci (antibiotic-resistant)
89. Reduce risk of strep throat caused by S. pyogenes
90. Inhibit E. coli
91. Inhibit salmonella spp.
92. Inhibit Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Parasites & Fungi

93. Stimulating immune system to fight fungi and parasites (via Th1 cell stimulation)

Mood & Mental Health

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94. Normalizes anxiety
95. Prevent somatic symptoms associated with schizophrenia
96. Decrease depressive thoughts
97. Improve cognitive function increasing responsiveness to the environment and to organizing tasks
98. Increase sleep quality and duration
99. Increase general health perception
100. Elevates memory dysfunction in animals

References

American Gastroenterological Association. http://patients.gi.org/topics/probiotics-for-the-treatment-of-adult-gastrointestinal-disorders/

Babycentre. Probiotics and Prebiotics in Pregnancy. http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1025252/probiotics-and-prebiotics-in-pregnancy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/9/5/pdfs/03-0134.pdf

Cleveland Clinic. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/healthy_living/hic_What_We_Eat_Affects_How_We_Feel/hic_Keeping_Your_Digestive_Tract_Healthy/hic-Probiotics

Dr. Oz Show. http://www.doctoroz.com/article/dr-ozs-probiotics-guide?page=1

Elazab N, Mendy A, Gasana J, Vieira E, Quizon A, Forno E. (Aug. 19, 2013). Probiotic Administration in Early Life, Atopy, and Asthma: A Meta-analysis of Clinical Trials. Pediatrics. Retrieved from: http://m.pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/08/13/peds.2013-0246.full.pdf

Marano HE. (July-August 2015). Probiotics. Psychology Today, 39-40.

National Institute of Health. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/probiotics

Probiotics 101. http://probiotics101.probacto.com/

 


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