The importance of probiotics for general well-being.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms that, with adequate consumption, confer a series of benefits that promote the good general health of the host.

Probiotics are considered functional foods, those that, regardless of their nutritional value, have a beneficial effect on one or several functions of the organism, providing a good state of health and general well-being. They also play an important role in preventing the risk of disease.

Where I can find them?

These great allies can be found in natural foods, especially in those foods that have been previously fermented (like kefir, sauerkraut, yogurt, cheese, tempeh, kombucha...), in this way, we are talking about foods rich in live microorganisms that, when consumed, provide us with benefits for the digestive system and regulation of the intestinal microbiota.

Another way to consume them easily and more controlled is with food supplements based on probiotics. If we look for this type of products, we will see that it is easy to find them and that they are intended for different purposes: digestion, immune system, energy and well-being, memory and concentration, intimate flora, etc..., there is also a wide variety of types of probiotic mixes and concentrations. The most common strains in this type of product are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, although different ones can be found more and more.

There are many studies carried out with mixtures of probiotic strains and that have been able to demonstrate the numerous benefits that they provide. We must not forgotten that good intestinal health leads to a good state of general health, thus confirming the well-known saying: We are what we consume.

What is the trend in this type of products?

The interest shown in this type of products is increasing and there has been a considerable increase in demand from the market for probiotic functional foods last years. This is because more and more people are aware of how important it is to take care of themselves from the inside, so that this is also reflected on the outside.