What Are Probiotics and Do They Work?
Our gut is home to trillions of microorganisms, both good and bad. Probiotics are living microorganisms that help restore balance to the digestive system. These tiny microbes and their genetic materials are known as the gut microbiome, which serves as the ‘CPU’ control centre for our immune system. A disruption to the gut microbial balance can bring harm to your health, including type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. Therefore, having a healthy gut microbiome is essential to owning a good health.
While we can obtain probiotics through natural food sources especially those that have gone through fermentation such as yogurt, kimchi, miso, tempeh and kombucha, many people sought for probiotics through supplementation due to convenience and better efficacy. Some of the purported health benefits of probiotic supplements include:
- Improved digestive health
- Relieve constipation
- Better immune system
- Healthier skin
- Weight loss
Real Food Over Tablets
While probiotics are generally considered as safe for a healthy population, they should be used with caution in people with weakened immune system such as patients who just undergone organ transplant, critically ill patients or people with HIV/AIDS.
Moreover, there are challenges to keeping these microbes active and viable in capsules or tablets. However, bear in mind that there are hundreds of different probiotic strains, and each one may behave differently. If you use probiotic supplement thinking that one size fits all, you could be running into disappointment later.
A Better Alternative: “GHOST” Probiotics?
Given the inconsistent results from probiotic supplementations, researchers have taken new interest on paraprobiotics and postbiotics, which refer to bacterial cell fragments, secretions and metabolites of probiotics respectively. Without the presence of living organisms, you don’t need to worry about the use of ‘ghost probiotics’ in immuno-compromised individuals, while also proved to be more resistant towards heat and acidic environment in human body.
SOYLAB-16: Pinnacle of Japan Technology
If you are looking for a health supplement with the above-mentioned benefits and not the health risks, look no further than Biogreen SoyLAB-16 Lactic Acid Bacteria Fermented Extract. With 100 years of history, backed by extensive clinical trials and trusted by healthcare practitioners in over 850 clinics in Japan, Biogreen SoyLAB-16 is developed with state-of-the-art LAB probiotics technology and cultured through a 12-month fermentation and maturation period, which serves to improve the gut environment by promoting growth of good bacteria while suppressing the harmful types. You can benefits greatly from SoyLAB-16 if you are one of the below:
- Poor digestive health and irregular bowel motions
- Inflammatory skin conditions
- Lifestyle-related diseases
- Poor immunity
- Poor urinary tract health
- Poor oral health
- Chronic fatigue
This article is written by Kang Cin Lim (Biogreen Nutritionist) for Green Image Organic Enterprise Sdn Bhd