The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live micro-organisms which, when administered in sufficient amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”.
Probiotics have been part of the human diet for millennia and are found naturally in such foodstuffs as pickled cucumbers, olives, sauerkraut, salami, and dairy products including yoghurt and sour milk. Many probiotic bacteria belong to the lactobacilli or bifidobacteria families. These bacteria are harmless and occur naturally in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals.
The composition of the gastrointestinal microflora is very important to our health. Disturbing the balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria may cause health problems and serious diseases. Probiotics help to balance the intestinal flora, which can result in a healthier digestive system and strong immune system.
The knowledge that eating the right diet can prevent future medical problems has increased interest in probiotics. However, it is difficult for probiotics to survive in all types of foodstuffs. Probi’s probiotics survive for an extended period of time in a variety of foods, including fruit drinks, cereals and müsli bars. This means that even lactose-intolerant people can consume sufficient amounts of probiotics.