Probiotics are a source of good bacteria which alter the intestinal microflora balance and support digestion and immune balance.They also prevent or reduce the growth of harmful bacteria. The lactobacillus and bifidobacteria help to maintain a healthy intestinal flora through the production of certain organic compounds such as lactic acid, acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide.These compounds alter the pH by increasing the acidity of the intestine and inhibit reproduction of harmful bacteria.
Probiotic bacteria also produce bacteriocins which help by killing undesireable organisms.
The dose required for these organisms is dependant upon the amount of friendly bacterial depletion and the presence of harmful bacteria. Normally 1 to 2 billion colony forming units (CFU's) is considered to be the minimum dose for maintenance of a healthy intestine .
Probiotics are present in some yoghurts to a varying degree, but not to the same extent as you obtains from supplementation with probiotics.Many frozen yoghurts do not contain any or have very little live bacteria. Probiotics come in either heat stable forms, meaning they can be safely stored in normal room temperature, and heat intolerant forms, meaning they need to be stored long term in a cool environment in the fridge. These supplements come in capsule, tablet and powder forms.
Blackmores Probiotics + Bowel Support, 30 sachets
May help relieve symptoms of medically diagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)NZ $39.99 NZ $27.16
Blackmores Probiotics + Immune Support, 30 caps
Helps to maintain immune functionNZ $29.99 NZ $20.38
Nutralife Probiotica P3 Capsules 30
No refrigeration required.NZ $29.90 NZ $18.78
Radiance Probiotic + Turmeric, 30 Tablets
For gut flora restoration and digestive comfort.NZ $39.90 NZ $30.73
Bioglan Kids Smart Probiotic Choc Balls, 50s
For kids digestive health and overall wellbeing.NZ $21.50 NZ $18.84
Bioglan Restore Daily Probiotic Choc Balls, 60s
3 billion live flora for digestive health and overall well being.NZ $25.99 NZ $22.63
Nutralife Probiotica Baby, Toddler & child, 14 sachets
For general health and overall wellbeing.NZ $29.90 NZ $18.78
Nutralife Probiotica for kids, 30 chewable tabs
Supports digestive and immune health and function for kids.NZ $19.90 NZ $12.51
Swisse Ultiboost Inner Balance Capsules 30
Premium quality probiotic organisms to help support intestinal health, digestive function and inner wellbeing.NZ $39.95 NZ $30.92
Natures Sunshine Bifidophilus Flore Force Capsules 90
Aids digestion and promotes immunity with Bifidophilus probiotics, a natural immune booster. Safe for Children.NZ $64.40 NZ $43.20
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