With the quite recent boom of research on gut flora and gut health, lots and lots of new information are being spread online every single day. Therefore there is no wonder some of this information might be either misleading or completely wrong.
As probiotics can play a major role in the health of (not only) the digestive system and can be quite a confusing concept to grasp for some consumers, there are naturally a few rumours about them spreading.
Today we will look at some of these misleading pieces of information.
Myth #1: “Probiotics are only for people with digestive problems”
There is a lot more that probiotics can do for our overall health than resolve some of our digestive issues. According the research, some of their benefits include better heart health and relieving allergies. Most interestingly, studies show that probiotics can help even with our mental health.
Myth #2: “Probiotics need to be refrigerated”
Not any more. Thanks to new research and improvements in freeze drying techniques and discovery of more robust strains, only 1 of the 10 most researched probiotic supplements in the world is recommended to be kept in the fridge, so this inconvenience is long outdated.
Myth #3: “It’s best to take probiotics on an empty stomach”
When taken on an empty stomach, probiotic supplements get full attention of gastric fluids, the so-called killers of food-borne pathogens. Therefore it can actually be more beneficial to take the supplements after a meal, as they avoid more of this partly unwanted attention.
Myth #4: “All the probiotics you need are in your diet”
While certain fermented foods such as natural yoghurt, sauerkraut or kimchi are certainly great for your health as they are a source of probiotics, the amount of live cultures they contain can vary depending on the conditions they are made in. Certain health benefits are derived from probiotic strains which are not even commonly present in fermented foods (for example, as one study shows, the strain S. boulardii can help with diarrhoea). The optimum daily intake of probiotics is far greater than what you could possibly get from your breakfast yoghurt. Whereas probiotic supplements such as Biopron 9 PREMIUM guarantee the quantity and diversity of probiotic strains you see on the packaging.