Probiotics are playing an ever-increasing role in today’s health food section. They’re an integral part in the body’s immune and digestion systems. Below describes popular probiotics and what each is intended for.

Here’s what they can do for you:
1. Lactobacillus bulgaricus has been founds to help sufferers of lactose intolerance. It also helps give yogurt its tart flavor.

2. Lactobacillus acidophilus is known to increase intestinal flora, so this probiotic is often recommended to those who have been taking antibiotics, which kill beneficial intestinal bacteria. It can also be helpful in reducing constipation, yeast infections and strengthening the immune system.

3. Lactobacillus paracasei assists in the growth of desirable bacteria in the body. It is also believed to aid in digestion as it reduces constipation and the effects of lactose intolerance.

4. Lactoabacillus rhamnosus inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestine. It is used as a natural preservative in yogurt and has been found to balance the digestive tract and reduce incidences of diarrhea. It has even been associated with a reduction of respiratory tract infections in children.

5. & 6. Lactococcus lactis and Lactococcus diacetylactis aid in synthesis of folate and riboflavin – two important B vitamins – during digestion.

7. Streptococcus thermophilus helps alleviate symptoms of lactose intolerance and other intestinal disorders. It is also believed to improve health and support longevity.

8. Lactococcus cremoris, a bacterial starter culture, produces lactic and acetic acid, two aromatic agents of kefir. This culture adds to the characteristic flavor of yogurt and kefir.

9. Leuconostoc, with its ability to produce lactic acid and diacetyl, helps to ferment dairy products.

10. Bifdobacterium bifidum creates healthy natural intestinal flora, which aids in the synthesis of B vitamins.

A yogurt brand that contains many of these probiotics is Green Valley Organic Yogurts. You might want to try these yogurts. They’re available at Whole foods.

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