This article entitled “Probiotics and the gut” was written by Dr Tan Huck Joo in the The Star, 20 June 2010. The following information provided is useful reference for all of us.
Probiotics are living microorganisms, usually present in food and beverages, can contribute to a healthy digestive system.
They are live, beneficial bacteria that will impart health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts.
Its general role in human health is to keep the ecosstem in the intestines – the gut microflora – in balance through promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, so they could keep the potentially harmful ones under control.
Probiotics is a popular health tonic today.
Probiotics supplements are not necessary for normal, healthy individuals.
Among the probiotics-rich food are fermented daily products such as yoghurt and cultured milk drinks.