Probiotics: Helpful For More Than Just A Good Gut

fro yoMacaroni goes with more than just cheese, and peanut butter isn’t always matched up with jelly; nevertheless, that’s how we associate them most of the time, and the same is true of probiotics and gut health. However, there is far more to the probiotic than we may know, as it has a number of different health benefits that have absolutely nothing to do with the health of our tummies.

Probiotics are a fancy name that refer to the live bacteria in certain foods that give a healthy balance to the digestive system and the gastrointestinal tract. But now, thanks to a recent study conducted by the American Heart Association, probiotics have been found to contain the ability to help lower blood pressure in those with levels outside of the normal range.

Testing has shown that those who regularly take some form of probiotic are able to lower both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure. This is due in part to the fact that probiotics directly interact with the immune system and fight off bacterial growth of not only the intestines, but the remainder of the body as well. Microbiomes within the body are altered once probiotics are matched up with them; these microbiomes help to prevent disease, and so when joined with probiotics, they are able to travel to various other parts of the body to repair damage and repel unwanted bacteria.

Now the exact science behind just how probiotics are able to benefit the entire body is not fully known yet, but it is known that they have the ability to impact everything from cholesterol levels to hormone regulation.

Anxiety and depression

The probiotics lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum, have been used in a variety of scientific research as they have been proven to considerably lower the amount of anxiety in those diagnosed with the illness. It is thought that the inflammatory agents in probiotics directly affect the brain and alter mood and behavior.


An American Journal of Clinical Dermatology study concluded that probiotics can aid in the prevention and treatment of atopic dermatitis; its ability to fight bacteria may be the reason that swelling and redness decreases in those with the skin condition.


Because obesity is linked to an increase in poor gut bacteria buildup and the slowing down of fat burning, probiotics help with the elimination of the bad bacteria in the gut, and can help with the fight against obesity.




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