5 Probiotic Myths Everyone Should Know

 

African American man eating yogurtProbiotics are living strands of bacteria and yeasts thought to be good for your health, especially your digestive system. While we normally associate the word “bacteria” with disease, in reality, our body is flooded with bacteria, both good and bad.

This form of bacteria is often called “good” or “helpful” because they help keep your gut healthy. “There is scientific evidence that specific strains of probiotic microorganisms confer health benefits on the host and are safe for human use,” says the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI).

The site went on to say that, “probiotics have potential health benefits for conditions such as gastrointestinal infections, genitourinary infections, allergies and certain bowel disorders, all of which afflict a considerable proportion of the global population.”

What misconceptions do people have about the use of probiotics?