Probiotics are “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria that help the overall balance of bacteria in the digestive system. The role of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system includes:
- Stimulate the digestive process and aid the absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat.
- Contribute to the formation of certain vitamins including vitamin B and K.
- Reduce the number of potentially harmful bacteria (that naturally exist in the digestive system) and some of the harmful by-products (toxins and carcinogens) produced.
- Enhance the immune system.