Those far-reaching benefits differ depending on which strain of probiotic you take. If you’re taking them to address a specific health concern, like stomach issues or allergies, choose supplements with the specific kind of probiotic that has been shown to help with that issue. If you’re healthy but looking for a way to bolster your microbiome, incorporating probiotic-rich foods into your diet such as yogurt, fermented vegetables, or kombucha should do the trick, Sanders says. Regardless of how you get yours, read on to see the amazing benefits of these miniscule bacteria.
In a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers found that zebrafish, who—believe it or not—have similar brain processes to humans, displayed less anxiety-related behavior when given supplements containing the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum, commonly found in fermented foods such as sauerkraut and sourdough bread. While more research will need to be done in humans, this could eventually lead to probiotic anxiety treatments, the researchers write.
Boost Immune System
Prevent Allergies and Inflammation
While an underactive immune system can cause serious health problems, so can an overactive one. Your immune system’s main role is to find the middle ground, and overreactions can lead to both allergies and inflammatory diseases, Sanders says. Researchers are studying the idea that probiotics could keep these overreactions under control. In a 2015 study in children who were genetically predisposed to develop eczema, the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus reduced their risk of the skin disease.
Another 2015 study of people with the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis found that taking a probiotic helped to keep individuals in remission longer than those who took a placebo.
Protect Your Teeth and Gums