Probiotic Research: New Strains and New Benefits

Probiotic Research: New Strains and New Benefits

You are probably familiar now with the term ‘probiotics’ and their associated positive digestive benefits. What you may not know, though, is how diverse probiotics are both in their strains as well as their health benefits. Here are some common probiotic strains and their associated health benefits:

  • Lactobacillus salivarius – reduce inflammation in colitis
  • Lactobacillus plantarum – reduce total cholesterol levels
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum – reduced atopic dermatitis symptoms
  • Streptococcus mutans – reduced incidence of dental cavities
  • Bifidobacterium longum – decreases anxiety
  • Lactobacillus crispatus – decreased incidence of UTIs in women
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus – directly promotes weight loss

As we learn more about specific probiotic strains we start to see how important probiotics are in promoting good health and reducing illness and disease. So whether you decide to eat more kimchi and yogurt, drink more kefir and kombucha, or simply start taking a daily probiotic supplement, make sure you continue to do your body a favor.

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