How good are probiotics?

How good are probiotics? They are good. No doubt about it. You have probably used them at times, after stints of antibiotic use. But, how good are probiotics for other things? The answer to that is becoming bigger and better: probiotics are good for a whole lot more than fixing the damage done by antibiotics!

Probiotics: what’s the deal?

We’re all familiar with the term probiotics. The medical world agrees that probiotics are essential for gut health. They also agree that the use of antibiotics help kill bad bacteria that make you sick, but antibiotics take out the good ones too. A good doctor will encourage you to buy some probiotics, or to eat yogurt. Usually, that’s where medical knowledge ends. Not so anymore!

The effects of probiotics have been closely observed in the past few years. And new research shows interesting applications, and a much wider range of therapeutic effects than was expected. It’s exciting news, so let me fill you in…

Probiotics for heart health?

Yes, you are reading this right. Probiotics for heart health are a definite thing. You may know there are several different types of probiotics. Most commonly known is Lactobacillus. In itself, that Lactobacillus family has a number of subdivisions. Two of these (plantarum and reuteri) are of interest. They prove effective in lowering overall cholesterol, as well as the bad LDL cholesterol. As such, they play a role in preventing cardiovascular disease. These probiotics may also help in metabolic disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity-related health problems. All these conditions intertwine with heart health. You can get these probiotics from fermented foods such as yogurt. However, for real therapeutic results, a supplement form may be best.

Probiotics as anti-coagulant?

We just talked about probiotics for heart health. There, the focus was on cholesterol lowering. However, new research shows some probiotics acting as anti-coagulant. Effectively, this means it may help those with blood pressure problems, or thrombosis. This of course, is serious business. NOT to be experimented with at home. This strain may do its job so well, any person taking medication for thinning the blood may get unexpected effects. In fact, it may reduce the need for dosages of prescription medication, which is pretty spectacular. As a result, this product needs to be used under supervision of a Naturopath and your doctor. Contact the clinic now for more information at

Probiotics for moods?

Absolutely! The latest research shows a positive effect of probiotics for moods. The pathway is complicated to explain, but effective. In short, certain species of probiotics (LLC Rhamnosus is one of them) help our gut to make substances that make us feel happier. That’s super simplified of course. Our gut produces serotonin. That is a so-called “happy” molecule. This neurotransmitter is also made by brain cells, and helps regulate our moods. The connection between the gut and the brain has been known for years. Now, a better understanding shows that the gut “microbiome” (the entire colony of things that live or act in the gut) needs to be happy. Immediately, the right kind of probiotic will help. Your microbiome will be happier. And, so will you. The clinic can help you find a suitable product for your needs.

The verdict: Probiotics, you are good!

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